Today on Tommy T’s obsession with random ruminations – wealth worship edition

Wealth worship – or, why Trump is revered by the supporters his policies hurt the most

I’ve been marveling at the slobbering knob-laving that lower -middle class and upper lower class Trump supporters display.
The disdain they feel for their fellow not-so-rich is not a new phenomenon, and has been described in the past thusly:
“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

This explains the right fringe’s disdain for those they scapegoat, but not their love for the rich who pick their pockets.

I think what I call “wealth worship” is a considerable part of it.
Reality TV shows everywhere about million-dollar house listings, lifestyles of the rich and famous, buying a retirement house in the Caribbean, etc.

People live the life of the 1% vicariously through such devices, and as a result, feel close to the wealthy people they depict.
Ooh! Look at the yacht! Look at those cars in his 5,000 square foot garage!

No matter that those people they lionize would consider them filth on the bottom of their Gucci shoes – the poor and lower-middle class who watch them still feel a false empathy and (in worst cases) idolize them.
(see: Donald Trump)

This is sad, because they’re not rich, they’re never going to BE rich, and I don’t even think that they rationalize it with “One day, I’m going to be rich, too.”

They know better than that.



4 thoughts on “Today on Tommy T’s obsession with random ruminations – wealth worship edition

  1. I’ve been trying to pinpoint it exactly and don’t recall the context, but sometime around nineteen seventy-five there was a cartoon of Drumpf uck in LPlayboy magazine all slouched, pot-bellied, fat-assed limp-dick nose in the air and I thought to myself “I don’t ever want to be like that …

  2. The ye olde “Protestant Ethic” if one is wealthy it means you are a good person and god has blessed you.If one is poor that means one is a sinner and god is punishing them.
    Used to justify slave ships, opium trade and abuse of work force owned and operated by “Rightous” christians.
    So for too many of the ding a lings who beleive in the myth of a magic man in the sky beleive that wealth is a sign of god’s blessing.
    Wealth, no matter how it is acquired, is a sign of god’s blessing. That way people who do not take illegal, or unethical, chances to acquire increased wealth are not only “stupid” but they are blaspheming for not acceepting the physical manifestation of god’s blessing.

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