July-August 2010, "America’s Ruling Class--And the Perils of Revolution," Angelo M. Codevilla, American Spectator
|US Ruling Class|
"The Country Class"...(9th subhead)
"Nothing has set the country class apart, defined it...so much as the ruling class's insistence that people other than themselves are intellectually and hence otherwise humanly inferior. Persons who were brought up to believe themselves as worthy as anyone, who manage their own lives to their own satisfaction, naturally resent politicians of both parties who say that the issues of modern life are too complex for any but themselves. Most are insulted by the ruling class's dismissal of opposition as mere "anger and frustration"--an imputation of stupidity--while others just scoff at the claim that the ruling class's bureaucratic language demonstrates superior intelligence. A few ask the fundamental question: Since when and by what right does intelligence trump human equality? Moreover, if the politicians are so smart, why have they made life worse?" (5th parag. of subhead)
"The Political Divide"... (first subhead)
"While Europeans are accustomed to being ruled by presumed betters whom they distrust,
the American people's realization of being ruled like Europeans shocked this country into well nigh revolutionary attitudes.
But only the realization was new. The ruling class had sunk deep roots in America over decades before 2008."...(begins 3rd parag. in subhead). Above image of US Ruling Class from American Spectator
Added: On the other hand, in 2008, 'angry, anxious,' Americans seeking "change" were considered exciting and wonderful as the premise of the Obama campaign-Boston Globe, 7/20/2008
page 2, parag. 5: "Unerring faith in the premise of the Obama candidacy that many Americans are angry, anxious, and engaged as never before in the political process because they want change."...
7/20/2008, "Obama's paid staff dwarfing McCain's," Boston Globe, Brian C. Mooney