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These are people who worked all day and then stayed up all night studying something until they became the smartest about some arcane but crucial topic. Then they shortened an assembly line or discovered something people needed.

These people are the flesh and backbone of this country. They create jobs with their own money or money others willingly gave them. They create a marketplace that solves real problems.

You, of course, earned your wealth a different way. You earned it by talking. That is what you have done your entire life.

You’re talking about your anger and your dad. Talking about race. You’re talking all through law school. You’re talking about how everybody on the street needs to get organized.

You talk your way into the Illinois Senate, the U.S. Senate and then you talk your way into the White House.

You have never created a single job except with other people’s money. And in most cases, that money has been in the form of tax dollars — collected under the threat of a gun and jail time.

There is no shame in this.

Many fine Americans have earned their fortunes talking. Jerry Springer and Oprah Winfrey come to mind. They inspire many, as do you.

But like you and the government you represent, they are not the true creators who make America so free and so fair. That responsibility falls to the patriots whose ranks you claim to have joined.

They are the greatest of America, and they should be celebrated and rewarded. Not insulted and punished.

Charles Hurt’s column appears Wednesdays. He can be reached at