A friend of a friend on Facebook led me to the article Compassionate Conservatism? An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich From the Child of a Janitor.
On more than one occasion my father, a janitor, had to take up a collection for a student to send home to their family, to help them buy a ticket if there was an emergency, or to subsidize the funeral expenses for one of his crew, or the part-timers, who didn’t have his years of seniority, and pay.
No child could do that job.
Why is it so easy for a person like Newt Gingrich to forget the humanity behind the people he disparages? I suppose it is the same justification that applied to George W. Bush’s “compassionate conservatism”. If you don’t really know any people outside your “class”, it is easy to wage class warfare without realizing you are doing it. And that is being very charitable to Gingrich and Bush.