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This essay describes

all of my friends. All of whom are intelligent and witty and fabulous. (Sadly I am probably the closest to the stereotypical Joe-Six-Pack the politicians like to reference...except I don't drink, and I do have a college education....hmmmm)

Now, if only someone could show the idiot politicians this.... :)



( 3 Tummy Rubs — Pet Angela? )
Oct. 7th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be thinking about that essay now for a while. Thanks for sharing it.

I'm not sure the author knows JSP any more than the politicians do though. Sounds like the author knows some very liberal people, and almost entirely urbanites. 20% of this country is still rural. The more I travel, the larger the difference I see between urban and rural folk. Another 20% of this country lives in urban areas with populations under 200k. I'm not sure how many 'soccer mom's are rogering their girlfriends in those locales.

The trouble is, I'm simply not sure. Sarah Palin's idea of JSP doesn't even seem to match the people I've met in Alaska. But while I really like the essay, I'm not sure it's that much more accurate.

Oct. 7th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
I took away from it that, while there is a large demographic of the stereotypical JSPs that the politicians refer to, there are so many many more variations of the Working Class than they seem to be aware of. For example, I kinda consider myself working class because I work with my hands. Granted its kinda technical, and no it is not a factory job, but I do not sit and type or play with investors' money all day like the politicians seem to think everyone should.

Just because I am not a lawyer or an investment professional on Wall Street, does not mean that I am a stupid lower class, which is what they seem to think. Nor are any of my friends. I have a few that dropped out of high school, but taught themselves beyond a college education and now are doing the equivalent of Master's Degree work in fairly technical fields. How does that make them unworthy to consider in vote getting? They are not your stereotypical JSP but neither are they lawyers, so therefore they are lost in the shuffle.

(Sorry, this got long.) But that is what I see this essay really saying. It's not that there aren't the JSPs in the world, but most of us are not who you think we are, nor are we doing the work you think we are doing... (also, we are probably smarter than you think too.) :)
Oct. 7th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
I hear ya, and for that take-away, it's really good. There's a lot more to the average American than picking up a six-pack of beer on the way home. Although the Joe-Six-Pack does exist as well, I'm related to a few 'Joes'.

I'm also wondering how 'average' the average LJ user is. :)

Yup, still thinking.
( 3 Tummy Rubs — Pet Angela? )