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Mandeville LA – American middle-class families have been a fixture on network TV from the Honeymooners of the 50’s to the Keatons in the 90’s… well from the 90’s on the definition of middle class and of family has been changing for the worse and one of those changes is standard of living. For the first time in almost a century the U.S. middle-class is falling to the rock bottom among “wealthy countries”. This while the American upper-class has never had it better, so what’s going on here? That’s a question many people have theories for but no one seems to have an answer, so let me give it a try: the middle class has been conquered by a corrupt culture that produces icons and heroes that aren’t iconic or heroic. What else could that obsession produce, other than a depreciating standard of living?
The headline in today’s NY Times reads “The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest”, while Business Insider magazine goes gritty with “The Rich Are Getting Richer And Everyone Else Is Getting Hosed.” The Times thinks the U.S. government should confiscate the rich folks money and give it to the middle while Business Insider thinks the rich should do that voluntarily. Neither of these economic voodoos will address the real problem: corruption. From a corrupt government flows the order that has corrupted every institution it claims dominion over including: schools, homes and businesses. Those are the bedrock institutions of the middle class that used to be linked together by an abiding faith in The institution that once claimed that dominion: the Church. But the U.S. is not alone in destroying that link so the question should be, which country will be the first to begin a repair? I can’t answer that but I don’t think their TV heroes will be in “Modern Families” headed by perpetually divorced Kardashians.
Mike Church is a New Orleans native and a radio host appearing daily on the SiriusXM Patriot Channel. He is an author and editor of “Patrick Henry-American Statesman” and is the writer and director of 7 Docudramas on American history including “The Spirit of ‘76” and the recently released “Times That try Men’s Souls-Washington’s Crossing”.