Their identifies shifted, from hippies who were supposedly engaging in smoking pot, listening to rock-and-or-roll, and jumping one another’s bones, to the “welfare queens” of the 1980s who were supposedly having tons of kids just so they could get more welfare. These “bad eggs,” the thinking went, were keeping society from protecting the “deserving poor” – little kids caught in bad situations, hard-working families (supposedly in Appalachia), and women working 40-hour weeks wiping rich old mens’ mothers’ asses.
As political strategy it was brilliant. White, working poor families are now almost uniformly Republican, supporting a party that is really out to screw them, privatizing Social Security and Medicare, killing Obamacare and opposing a minimum wage.
Today, as we approach the validation moment of the Obama Thesis, we need to focus on the “undeserving rich.” And there are a lot of them. Donald Trump is their avatar, a big, lumbering jerk who inherited a fortune from his father and now considers himself the candidate of the “self-made man.”