"America's Ruling Class"

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Sat, 08-14-2010 - 5:57pm

My nephew whom I love as a son and his two children came for a visit this morning and for lunch, and he asked me to read this article/opinion piece, and it's a very good one, IMO.


He is a Republican who leans to the right, and I a democrat who leans to the left.

"Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society."


       Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Sat, 08-14-2010 - 6:49pm
Yes, Breitbart is promoting this article on his "Big Government" website too. That said, we're back to the old "elitist" vs. non-"elitist" polemic again. Sorry, I'm not at all impressed by the litany of concerns and pronouncements in the article. I read the entire piece - quite long and depressingly like every libertarian-conservative anti-government screed I've read. I won't be picking it apart paragraph by paragraph to defend progressives and "elitists."

~OPAL~

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Sat, 08-14-2010 - 7:18pm

There are a few parts that ring with truth in there, Opal.

"Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society."


       Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Sat, 08-14-2010 - 7:29pm

"Nor had the schools and universities that formed yesterday's upper crust imposed a single orthodoxy about the origins of man, about American history, and about how America should be governed. All that has changed.

Today's ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits. These amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against minorities and the environment), and saints. Using the right words and avoiding the wrong ones when referring to such matters -- speaking the "in" language -- serves as a badge of identity."

I was reading attentively until I got to the above sentences..."single orthodoxy about the origins of man", "was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them a remarkably uniform guidance"...."complete with secular sacred history"....blech.

Scientific method is not "orthodoxy", the most original and incandescent thinkers cannot be forced into lockstep by our educational system, despite its many flaws, and ... that bit about the "secular sacred history"...huh?

It's time to give up the fictions that our problems are caused by our secular godless state and science: time to recognize that banks can be looted more easily by the owners than anyone else, and start holding those people to the same standards that the rest of us are.

Deborah

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Sat, 08-14-2010 - 7:43pm

Yes...there is some ring of truth. We're nearly a plutocracy IMHO, but the incessant whining about "elitists" and "political correctness," and the pitting of them vs. us is getting very old. If people don't want their children to become too educated, fine. If people want to deny scientific observations like global climate change, fine. I'm just sick of them whining about it. My thought about the article is that the writer simply dislikes government and particularly this president. I imagine him carrying the Obama-as-an-African-witch-doctor sign at the tea party protests and screaming "socialism! fascism! communism! ....ism!"

As for the gulf oil well being capped...well, it wasn't the end-all of the situation. I've had CNN on, and they're reporting that BP is going to continue trying to drill that relief well when weather conditions permit. Yes, things are better in the Gulf, but this isn't over yet. Also, regarding Maxine Waters, the claims were made last year, so the "charges" being brought now smack of political gamesmanship. It is more than possible that there is something substantial to the charges, though I'd prefer that not to be the case.

These continuing news stories about the bad political environment are the result of a class of political punditry that only makes money by continuing the churning of discontent. Then, they write articles and talk about whatever they think will rile up the commoners on radio and television all.day.long. They've got a job to do, and that is to stress as much negative and problematic "news" as they can think up. If they don't, they're out of work.

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Sat, 08-14-2010 - 8:06pm

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I agree.

 

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Sat, 08-14-2010 - 9:13pm

You're right, of course.

"Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society."


       Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Sat, 08-14-2010 - 9:35pm
That sounds like fun! I'm going to pour myself some chardonay. I'm not sure how clear the sky is here but worth a try.