I’m sure by now many of you have seen the video of the woman screeching at some guy at Walmart for buying things with food stamps. If you haven’t… This is a video of a woman screeching at a some guy at Walmart for buying things, not food, with food stamps. You’re now up to date. Well, she had some thoughts…
Let’s first state for the record that she’s obnoxious, shrill, and out of line. She’s also illustrating a degree of scumminess for berating someone in front of their kid. Also, she’s at Walmart. Are we agreed? Yes? Ok, let’s move on because there are three points I’d like to make about this video.
One, yes, as already stated, she’s obnoxious, shrill, and out of line…but it’s not like she’s flipping cars or burning down stores. She wasn’t given “space to destroy” like some mayors allow their raging protestors. She’s frustrated with the welfare system. A system her tax dollars are supporting. This is how middle-class working Americans voice their frustration. They complain about it. She at least brought up some valid points, regardless of how she brought them up, or the tone she used to articulate them (yeah, she was a be-yotch).
Two, there is no reason – NONE – for a grown, able-bodied man to not be working to support his family. I know gender roles are fluid these days, but we should all be able to agree that it’s a man’s responsibility to at the very least provide for his children. Methinks he must be a Bernie Sanders voter? Read Dear ‘Men’ Who Vote Bernie Sanders: You’re not Men at All… This dude even says “Why wouldn’t I” when admitting he takes advantage of the welfare system. Like he’s not even a shamed by it. Grow a set, dude. A soccer mom just pulled your punk card.
Now, maybe this guy is down on his luck. Maybe he’s had a tough break. A lot of us have. What I’m talking about is an arrogant, entitled spirit instead of one of gratitude. Ever see “Cinderella Man”? It’s based on a true story. Jimmy Braddock, a prize-fighter in the great depression. He was a Democrat. At one point in the film, he was forced to go on welfare. It’s a heart-breaking scene.
When he started winning again, he walked back into that office, and handed back every red cent. It was a triumphant scene. Why? Because it was emblematic of a spirit that we’ve lost in this country. Jimmy Braddock was grateful for a country that helped him when he was down. But he was also ashamed that he couldn’t provide for his family. So when he was back in the black, he felt it was his duty to pay back the money he’d taken from other working taxpayers. He didn’t feel entitled to the handout, he felt indebted to the providers.
That’s a spirit of masculinity which is all but gone for many. You can watch portion of the scene below.