“Hard work” is a dirty term to the radicalized left. The notion that a man or woman can work hard and make a success of themselves in this tough world is an affront to the fanaticism of the modern left. Like the Soviet ideology, today’s “progressive” ideology hinges upon a duty to community, to the state.
We all remember the infamous “You didn’t build that” comment in 2012, right? As he sought re-election, Barack Obama slammed business owners and insisted that those who have made successes of themselves owe their success to government- the ones building the roads and the teachers who educated. “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” he opined.
That sentiment was echoed on Sunday as professional race-hustler and frequent media pundit Marc Lamont Hill blasted self-made man and famed neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson for fostering a narrative of self-made success.
Carson has been (rightfully) praised for his rags-to-riches determination in escaping poverty and going on to become one of the world’s most-famous and skilled surgeons. Since retiring from surgery, the famed doctor has begun an ever-climbing presidential bid and his rising popularity has absolutely terrified the liberal media who now take shots at the doctor that never, ever, ever would have been acceptable when discussing Barack Obama in 2008 or 2012.
Reading from an article in the Washington Post that detailed Carson’s appeal, CNN host Poppy Harlow asked commentator Hill if this narrative was meant to appeal to the “white Republican voter.”
Absolutely, absolutely, I mean, Ben Carson — the greatest lie in American history is the myth of the self-made person. Nobody makes themselves. We’re all shaped by communities, by people who struggled and sacrificed for us, by governments that offer safety nets. And what Ben Carson is able to do essentially is reject all that stuff and say that I was saved-
When a fellow commentator interjected, Hill complained of being interrupted and resumed,
Ben Carson is able to say, “I was saved by Jesus and hard work.” That allows him to reject a safety net. That allows him to push back against the expansion of a welfare state. That allows him to resist tax cuts for the middle class and poor and tax hikes for the wealthy. It allows him to create an entire narrative where people say, “Hey, wait a minute, why are you doing this?” Ben Carson can say, “Hey, because I did it myself,” and it makes white voters feel comfortable to say that.
Dr. Carson represents a very dangerous line of thinking for the left. The impoverished black man worked hard and made a success of himself while rejecting the government dependency that is so-readily forced upon black and lower-class communities. To serve as a shining example of private-sector initiative and the benefactor of hard work is a dangerous notion and one that must be targeted for criticism at every turn.
It’s hardly surprising to see but so, so sad.