According to Meghan McCain, America’s a Meritocracy.
The television host and daughter of a former United States Senator is telling us about success based on merits?
Of all the conservative media pundits in the United States, few seem to have a lack of self awareness more prevalent than The View’s Meghan McCain. As the daughter of the late Senator John McCain, (who feels the need to bring up her father whenever the opportunity represents itself) it’s readily apparent to virtually anyone who has listened to her speak that McCain is proud of her father and the family’s success. Unfortunately, recent comments that she made on the show have proven to be yet another clear cut insight into not just McCain’s worldview, but perhaps that of the elite class overall.
A clip from a recent episode of The View shows Meghan McCain reiterating — without a hint of irony — that what she believes makes America exceptional is the “fact” that we’re a meritocracy.
It is a known fact that McCain is on the show as the conservative heel, the one everyone loves to dislike and disagree with. That is her role, and she knows it. She has no expertise, no above average qualifications that set her apart from any other stereotypical white conservative woman outside of the fact that, as she loves to remind us, she is the daughter of the late Senator John McCain.
A woman who got her position of privilege, a role on a television show, and her status within conservative circles because of her last name talking about success based on merits would be funny if it wasn’t so absurd.
The thing is, among the elite class that Meghan finds herself a part of, is her viewpoint really that controversial? Are her views so different from that of the average venture capitalist, Wall Street multi millionaire, or a wealthy business owner who inherited their fortune from their parents?
The rich and wealthy are many things, but they are not unaware of the growing economic inequality that continues to pervade our society here in the United States. As a way of justifying their continued benefit from such a corrupt, morally bankrupt system, I imagine the vast majority of them have to convince themselves they earned everything they have as a way of justifying their roles in this economy, that everyone could be as prosperous as they are if only they worked just a little bit harder. McCain’s insistent belief that we exist in a meritocracy seems to be a way of merely trying to convince herself that she has earned everything she has in life.
Unfortunately, for those outside of the circle of the elite, “hard work” oftentimes does not equate with success.
If success was based on merits and hard work, people would not have to work two or three jobs just to make a rent payment or put food on the table for their children. If McCain’s world view was the reality, why would rich people be buying their children’s acceptance into elite college institutions? If they had earned that spot, would those spots be up for sale? Just like government access and power, success is bought and sold to the highest bidder more often than not, and it’s incredibly telling that McCain refuses to accept that reality.