Elder Patriot – Opinion – Josh Hawley (R-MO) delivered his first major speech from the floor of the Senate, yesterday. For the disenfranchised forgotten men and women that have suffered the effects of decades of globalist policy it was manna to their ears.
Sen. Hawley unabashedly ripped the“big banks, big tech, big multinational corporations, along with their allies in the academy and the media,” for having created an economic structure in which they, the well-connected, benefit while the American working and middle class increasingly struggle to get ahead.
His homespun approach only made the power of his words that much greater.
We Missourians are known for our frankness, and today I will be frank. Because this is a moment of great need for my state and for our nation.
For this nation was born in a revolution by We the People, and premised on a revolutionary faith: that it is the people, the common man and woman, who make democracy work.
And it is the calling of every generation to renew that revolution for their day.
But in our time, our revolutionary faith is faltering. And in the heartland of this country, the great challenge of our age is unfolding.
These are the workers whose labor launched the Industrial Revolution and whose ingenuity made the American economy the marvel of the world.
These are the families who have rallied to this country’s flag in every hour of danger and who bear the burden of defending our nation even now.
I come from a town called Lexington, Missouri. It’s a small place, but a proud one. It’s a place where people wake early and work late to make a life for themselves and their children.
It’s a place where people value honesty and gumption and life’s simple pleasures: a fine morning in a deer stand, reading to the kids before bed, Sunday dinner at Mom’s.
And though it is humble, it’s a place that reflects the dignity and quiet greatness of the working man and woman.
These are the people who explored a continent, who built the railroads, who opened the West.
These are the patriots who man the fire department and coach the Little League.
These are the generous who give $25 a month out of their gas money to assist people halfway around the globe they will never meet just because they believe in helping others.
They don’t ask for much, and they live by a simple creed: give the best of yourself to your family, your community, and your fellow man.
And America is a place of promise, because in these hearts, honor lives.
But these working men and women are confronting crisis today. And as they do, so does our democracy.
The chattering class often tells us that all of this—the jobs, the despair, the loss of standing—is the result of forces beyond anyone’s control. As if that’s an excuse to do nothing. But in fact, it’s not true.
Today’s society benefits those who shaped it, and it has been shaped not by working men and women, but by the new aristocratic elite. Big banks, big tech, big multinational corporations, along with their allies in the academy and the media—these are the aristocrats of our age. They live in the United States, but they consider themselves citizens of the world.
They operate businesses or run universities here, but their primary loyalty is to their own agenda for a more unified, progressive—and profitable—global order. These modern aristocrats often claim to be a meritocracy. And many of them truly believe they are. What they don’t see, or won’t acknowledge, is that the society they have built works mainly for themselves. They’ve effectively run this country for decades. And their legacy is national division and national decline.
The message that Washington has sent our whole society is loud and clear: our elites are the people who matter—and those who aspire to join them. Everyone else is unimportant or backwards. And millions of Americans are left with the sense that the people who run this country view them with nothing but contempt and value them as nothing but consumers.
This is a man worth listening to. In less than fourteen minutes Hawley hit on themes that can rally a nation. Please, give him a listen.