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margotb822 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-29-08 03:12 PM
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Elite? You Bet! And I Don't Care
Ive been sitting on this idea for a little while. I just really didnt know where to start, but luckily the neo-cons came to the rescue. I was thinking about elitism and how to handle it, when Karl Rove pathetically attempted to paint Obama as an arrogant elitist (You know, hes that guy at the country club No Karl, we dont know people at the country club, you do.). Ha! Karl Rove, the mind behind the permanent campaign and the worst presidency in history. Maybe Karl should remember the old saying, when you point a finger at somebody, three more point back to you. In his attempt to brand someone as elitist, Rove demonstrated just how arrogant and elite the right wing has become. But, when you get right down to it, the people running for president are elite. What were really talking about these days is what kind of elite we want in power.

Im not sure where this anti-elitist idea came from. Why do people want the leader of the free world to be just like the guy down the street? People understand that some people are not athletic, not everyone can sing or dance or draw. We happily chalk these up to natural ability. Why would politics be any different? I know, I know, politics is about the people, about ideas, and everyone can have those. Well, Im going to lay out the truth: a lot of people are stupid. A lot of people (obviously) dont understand the complexities of government, and even the smart ones get it wrong. It takes a special person, with a certain mix of smarts and savvy to be successful in Americas political jungle.

Heres another secret that the GOP doesnt want you to know: the men that founded America were highly educated, wealthy and intelligent. They werent the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. They were lawyers, judges, scientists, physicians, plantation owners and financial giants. Many were known beyond their communities, a rare feat in that time. They were elite. Or, to put it another way, do you really think that the average person could write and lead the greatest experiment in individual freedom and self-determination in history? I thought not. I certainly dont want Larry the Cable Guy writing (or rewriting) the Constitution.

And yet, this election year, the charges of elitism are already flying. Multi-millionaires each claiming that the other is out of touch with the cares of the average Americans. Its ludicrous! But, more importantly, its a superficial waste of time. The question shouldnt be who is more elite, but instead, who will work for the elite and who will work for the average citizen. And, with W as our guide, its quite obvious that Republican policies are geared towards the wealthy. Well, geared towards may not be strong enough. Specifically written for and solely benefiting the wealthy is a better way to describe these failed policies.

I guess the question you should be asking is: What kind of elitist do you want? Do you want someone who was born into privilege, handed the best off all worlds and then married into millions? Someone who feeds of the wealth of his wifes father? Someone who acts for the rich because they made him who he is now? Or, do you want someone who came from humble beginnings, worked his way to success, and is the epitome of the American dream? Someone continues to work for the people and continues to protect the American dream? Being elite and caring about the average American are not mutually exclusive. Lets ensure we elect a president who believes in the dream because he is living the dream.

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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-29-08 03:33 PM
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1. "Elitism," as used by the right wing, always has been related
Edited on Sun Jun-29-08 03:35 PM by ocelot
mainly to education, not wealth. Back in the '50s the right complained about "eggheads," meaning intellectuals. There has been a strong anti-intellectual streak in this country for decades; it's bad to be too well-educated, too well-read, because that means you're not a regular guy somebody would want to have a beer with. Bush frequently bragged about his mediocre grades, but that was OK because he's not a snooty egghead. You can talk to Bush about baseball, not wonky shit like economics or French deconstructionism because God forbid that the President would be smarter then you and make you feel not so smart. I would prefer that my President be not only smarter than me, but the smartest person in the country, but evidently not everyone likes that notion.

In the context of this particular election there is another element to the "elitism" issue, which is that it seems also to be a racist code word for "uppity." Obama went to Harvard Law School, and was even President of the Law Review, which might be OK under other circumstances (Bush went to Yale and got a Harvard MBA, after all), but Obama is also black, and now we have a black guy who is smarter and better-educated than most Americans, including most white Americans, and this makes the righties nervous. They can't actually use the word "uppity" any more, though, so they try to tag him with being "elitist." And then along comes KKKarl Rove with his dumbass remark about Obama being the suave guy who hangs around country clubs with beautiful women, drinking martinis and smoking cigarettes, like he was some sort of James Bond/Cary Grant movie character, notwithstanding that until very recently guys like Obama couldn't even get into many country clubs except as caddies or waiters, but what KKKarl is really saying is that Obama is an uppity black guy who has the nerve to think he's good enough to be the cool dude at the country club, just like a rich white person.

The brand of "elitism" the Republicans are talking about is very specific, and it has nothing to do with wealth, which they have most of anyhow.
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margotb822 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-29-08 03:42 PM
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3. Maybe now we see
that having a well-educated president might not be such a bad thing.

Great response! Thanks for the info!
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Lord Helmet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-29-08 03:41 PM
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2. the GOP thinks elitism is book learnin' like that's a bad thing
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-29-08 04:04 PM
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4. In the south, calling a black man "elite" = calling him "uppity"
Edited on Sun Jun-29-08 04:05 PM by Rowdyboy
Probably in the rest of the country too.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-29-08 04:53 PM
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5. An FDR kind of elite is a good thing
He went against his contemporaries and did what was needed to bring the Country back from the edge of the precipice. A lot of the wealthy hated him and called him a traitor but he made a lot of friends among the down and out.

He wasn't perfect, but for his time, he was a revolutionary.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-29-08 05:50 PM
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6. FDR was an elitist
Edited on Sun Jun-29-08 05:51 PM by Canuckistanian
A benefactor of great wealth and privilege.

"Old money". The best education. Among the politically powerful (his fifth cousin had been president).

His presidential yacht, the USS Potomac, was called "the floating White House".

And yet, he fought for the common man and established a system of regulation and social support that has been gradually destroyed since Ronald Reagan.

With a commesurate loss of the middle class he helped to create.

I say give me an elitist who cares about the lower and middle classes and you can have all the "populists" you want.
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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-01-08 08:30 PM
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7. I don't recall who said it, but...this is a GREAT response...
If being called an "elitist" just means I'm not the dumbest motherfucker in the room, I happily accept it.

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