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Dori: Why socialism appeals to the ‘woke and broke’ crowd

Councilmember Kshama Sawant asks Seattle Public Schools students to walk out of class in front of Nova High School, Sept. 24, 2018. (Rob Munoz, KIRO 7)

If you believe that it is a better pathway to any kind of personal success to have government take stuff from other people and give it to you, that is socialism — and it is the epitome of a loser’s attitude.

You’re never going to succeed at any great level because government does not want you to. The government does not care about you. It cares about you barely getting by, and you relying on government’s largesse — its socialism — so that you can get just barely what you need. You can get your $15 an hour, but not much else.

I’m sorry if you’re offended, but I stand by that statement with truth as my defense.

Socialism has taken over more so now than ever before with the latest Seattle City Council around here. The only people who support socialism are losers. And we do have a lot of losers around here.

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Seattle never used to be that way. We were a region of fishermen and lumberjacks and self-sufficiency. The attitude was, “I don’t need anyone else to get by — I’ll take care of myself and of my family.” We still have those people in this city. We’ve got a lot of truck drivers who drive 60 hours a week to take care of their families.

People like that used to be the backbone of our region. Now, losers are the backbone of our region. It’s sad to me, in a way, but like I always say, that means that if you do have some fire in your belly, and you do believe in outworking your competition, the competition has never been softer. It has never been easier to succeed, because you’re not going up against a very motivated bunch of people. I know a lot of people who just got out of college and have that fire in their bellies. They are going to go and do great things.

But that is not the mentality in our public schools. We are teaching kids more than ever, through identity politics, how to sob about being a victim. What it has created is the “woke and broke” culture, as I was reading about in the National Review. We’ve got a bunch of kids coming out of the public schools and out of our universities who are woke — and they have no fundamental skills to make a decent living. They can tell you everything that they learned about how oppressed they are, but they can’t market their skills to get a good job. Then they must rely on the government to take care of them. Yes, woke and broke is what government schools and universities are cultivating right now.

It’s going to be an interesting time around here in the next four years. I just feel bad for all the people who will be carried downward when this economic bubble bursts and Amazon leaves town.

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