And, overwhelmingly, they will think, "How did I get here? I don't really deserve this."
And that's how guilty Liberals are created. They are just powerful schlubs who think that they are secretly unworthy to exercise power. They don't understand the world, but they will rush around and try to "fix" everything to prove their own worth.
"and you may tell yourself this is not my house, this is not my beautiful wife...."
And thereby feel that they are enlightened Philosopher Kings fit to dictate the lives of us mere peons who work for a living.
To hell with them.
I couldn’t disagree with you more.
I work with these people in the entertainment industry. They all (secretly) think they’re the smartest person in the room. They haven’t gotten over being labelled “gifted” when they were five years old based on their play-doh balls.
They have no doubts or qualms whatsoever about asserting themselves as the “natural” leaders of the rest of us — because they’re so much better and super-successful. E.g., the government has to take over health care because we’re too stupid to buy insurance on our own.
And that's how guilty Liberals are created. They are just powerful schlubs who think that they are secretly unworthy to exercise power.
I've come across that type.
Some of them may indeed feel (or have felt) guilty, but they are certainly not humble. Their background and education, not to mention their natural greed, leads them to feel better qualified to hold power than the rest of us and that it is therefore their natural role to rule over the rest of us.
They are the Political Class, the class of the government rich and the crony capitalists, as opposed to the free-market, non-rent-seeking rich. And the Political Class is one class against which it is totally legitimate to make war!
Guilt can be a powerful factor in politics. See the French and Russian Revolutions and America's own SDS.
But the people you're talking about seem to me to have a very weak case of the disorder. A very few may become revolutionaries or radicals. Some join "Occupy" until their money runs out. Others just vote Democrat or give money to the United Way.
It's not people who are unsure of themselves and feel uncertain about their advantages that are a serious problem. Rather it's people who are supremely confident in their own ideas and abilities, virtue and competence that make the most trouble.
I don't think it's guilt that drives them -- it's insecurity.
They realize that there are people in the middle class who are much smarter than them. So how do they make their positions (and their kids positions) more secure against competition from middle-class kids who may try to displace or supplant them?
Step one is to cripple the public school system, so that the smartest kids are never really educated to their full potential.
Step two is to create a maze of rules and regulations, so that it is harder to become wealthy if you are not connected into the network of people who understand the complexities, know all the loopholes, and have long-term relationships with the politicians who have the power to create exemptions to the rules, in exchange for a return favor at a later date.
Step three is affirmative action -- create a class of people dependent on the continuation of the big-government system that the upper class controls so well.