One of the reasons The Pink Flamingo stopped listening to Rush Limbaugh was his inexplicable embrace of class warfare. He began disparaging the “elites” and embracing the country people, damning the country club set, and worshiping the Wal-Mart shopper.
“…The tea party appears to be of one mind on at least one thing: America has been taken over by a New Elite.”On one side, we have the elites,” Fox News host Glenn Beck explained last month, “and the other side, we have the regular people.” The elites are “no longer in touch with what the country is really thinking,” Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle complained this summer. And when Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell recently began a campaign ad by saying, “I didn’t go to Yale,” she could be confident that her supporters would approve….”
Does anyone have the courage to call this sick, disgusting, and extremely counterproductive? It is wrong. If I were a believer in conspiracy theories, I would declare that the idiotic ramblings of Angelo M. Codevilla came out of some perverse liberal mind as a way to destroy the GOP and keep the liberals in power. There is not other logical explanation why anyone would even believe this SHIT.
What started this rant that has been a long time in coming? The other day a comment on Weasel Zappers caught my attention:
“…The Senator is unaware of the fact that the founding fathers wrote the Constitution to oust Ruling Class Kings such as Senator Lindsey Graham; the corrupt palm-greasing Ruling Class Kings to not have the authority to secretly create their own laws nor do they have authority to loot, pillage, plunder We the People in the name of the Ruling Classes’ dirty-backroom dealing do-gooder government…”
I can’t imagine anyone even paying attention to this dribble. In fact, it is more than dribble. It is an out and out lie. No one could be farther from an “elite” than Lindsey Graham. If you know anything of his background, how he struggled to keep his family together, to pay off his parent’s medical bills, to be the first one in his family to attend college, then you would know the libertarian mime against him is a down right lie. An “elite” doesn’t grow up in Central, SC up over a pool hall.
“...By identifying science and reason with themselves, our rulers delegitimize opposition. Though they cannot prevent Americans from worshiping God, they can make it as socially disabling as smoking — to be done furtively and with a bad social conscience. Though they cannot make Americans wish they were Europeans, they continue to press upon this nation of refugees from the rest of the world the notion that Americans ought to live by “world standards.” Each day, the ruling class produces new “studies” that show that one or another of Americans’ habits is in need of reform, and that those Americans most resistant to reform are pitiably, perhaps criminally, wrong. Thus does it go about disaggregating and dispiriting the ruled….”
Once upon a time Rick Moran was considered a stalwart conservative. Now though, he’s considered something less than pure. Why? He has a brain and uses it. Last September, Moran wrote:
“...In short, the tea party establishment has become what they profess to hate the most; a self identified elite who are more interested in maintaining their position at the top of the tea party ziggurat than in stopping the far left agenda of the Obama administration or in promoting conservative principles in their candidates.
I hasten to add that the vast majority of tea party folk are sincerely interested in reform, are probably a little more pragmatic on the whole than their elites, and have acted as a spur to getting good conservatives (in many cases) to run for office. It is not their fault that a certain segment of the conservative punditocracy now purports to speak for them in the shrill tones of the ideological purist who protects their position at the top of the tea party pyramid by trashing other conservatives who don’t agree with them 100% of the time as “RINO’s or worse, “ruling class” or “establishment” Republicans….”
Rush Limbaugh, his followers, and the tea party “patriots” need to come out of the closet and admit that they are Marxists. If they were true capitalists, they would never be promoting class warfare. They are starting to sound like socialists.
This constant harping that Rush is doing about “Ruling Class” and “Country Class” reeks of something that is NOT conservative. In fact, The Pink Flamingo has been telling you, for ages, that Rush is no longer a Reagan Conservative.
The Pink Flamingo refuses to vote for any Republican candidate who promotes this class warfare.
This is almost socialist, Marxist, class warfare. “Thank you for standing up to the ruling class“. Forget about The Pink Flamingo voting for Tim Pawlenty.
There is this rather pathetic mime that the “founders” were not of the elite. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
“…The group, as a whole, had extensive political experience. At the time of the convention, four-fifths, or 41 individuals, were or had been members of the Continental Congress. Mifflin and Gorham had served as president of the body. The only ones who lacked congressional experience were Bassett, Blair, Brearly, Broom, Davie, Dayton, Alexander Martin, Luther Martin, Mason, McClurg, Paterson, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Strong, and Yates. Eight men (Clymer, Franklin, Gerry, Robert Morris, Read, Sherman, Wilson, and Wythe) had signed the Declaration of Independence. Six (Carroll, Dickinson, Gerry, Gouverneur Morris, Robert Morris, and Sherman) had affixed their signatures to the Articles of Confederation. But only two, Sherman and Robert Morris, underwrote all three of the nation’s basic documents. Practically all of the 55 delegates had experience in colonial and state government. Dickinson, Franklin, Langdon, Livingston, Alexander Martin, Randolph, Read, and Rutledge had been governors, and the majority had held county and local offices….”
The futility of this is that people are falling for the revisionism peddled by the tea party folks. It simply isn’t true. If they were to apply this to those they worship, then we would have no Constitution of Declaration of Independence. You see, they were written by elites.
There is a nasty little war going on between the
losertarians libertarian ignorant idiots of the far right tea party (patriots) and those of us who are normal Republicans. Led by libertarian revisions and far right extremes who don’t quite know their history, they are making fools of themselves and are in the process of destroying our chances in 2012.
One of the problems of the far right is their revisionism that the Founding Fathers were “conservative”. They were far from conservative – for their day. The fact is they were flaming liberals to the point where Jefferson refused to even criticize the French during the Reign of Terror, even though Washington was horrified by it. The fact is, Jefferson attempted to use Washington’s abject revulsion of the reign of terror against him, politically. If you do not understand the fact that what our Founders did, was incredibly liberal, then you do not comprehend what they actually did.
Angelo M. Codevilla, the revisionist who started this current version of class warfare wrote about today’s “ruling class” but he could have been writing about the Founding Fathers. No one has dared contradict him. After all, Rush wrote the introduction to his book.
“…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. Regardless of what business or profession they are in, their road up included government channels and government money because, as government has grown, its boundary with the rest of American life has become indistinct. Many began their careers in government and leveraged their way into the private sector. Some, e.g., Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, never held a non-government job. Hence whether formally in government, out of it, or halfway, America’s ruling class speaks the language and has the tastes, habits, and tools of bureaucrats. It rules uneasily over the majority of Americans not oriented to government….”
We have a very serious problem in this country because of the lack of history, civics, and government being taught, except in private conservative schools. Unfortunately the right can be as revisionist as the left when it comes to history.
The Republican Creed is quite simple:
I do not choose to be a common man.
It is my right to be uncommon.
If I can seek opportunity, not security,
I want to take the calculated risk to dream and
build, to fail and to succeed.
I refused to barter incentive for dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to
guaranteed security, the thrill of fulfillment
to the state of calm utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence,
nor my dignity for a handout.
I will never cower before any master,
save my God.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and
unafraid. To think and act for myself, enjoy the
benefit of my creations; to face the whole world
boldly and say, “I am a free American.”
The very act of being a Republican determines that there person who endorses the GOP creed is NOT A COMMON MAN.
The entire term “ruling class” reeks of Marxist views of capitalism.
“...The term ruling class refers to the social class of a given society that decides upon and sets that society’s political policy – assuming there is one such particular class in the given society.
Sometimes there is a ruling class in a particular sector of the upper class that adheres to quite specific circumstances: it has both the most material wealth and the most widespread influence over all the other classes, and it chooses to actively exercise that power to shape the direction of a locality, a country, and/or the world. Most of the upper class does not fit the fundamentals of this description, but some do.
Most stable groups of social animals (including humans) have a “ruling class”. The decision makers in the group may change according to the decision-type and/ or the time of observation. For example, it used to be assumed that modern societies were patriarchal and the elders dominated the real decisions, even though many market economies focus on the decisionmakers of each particular (assuredly minor) market sector, who may in fact be children or women.
The sociologist C. Wright Mills argued that the ruling class differs from the power elite. The latter simply refers to the small group of people with the most political power. Many of them are politicians, hired political managers, and military leaders.
Under the Marxist view of capitalism, the ruling class—the capitalists or bourgeoisie — consists of those who own and control the means of production and thus are able to dominate and exploit the working class, getting them to labor enough to produce surplus-value, the basis for profits, interest, and rent (property income). This property income can be used to accumulate more power, to extend class domination further. The economic power of a class gives it extraordinary political power so that state or government policies almost always reflect the perceived interests of that class.
Ruling classes tend to be looked at in a negative light because they are often viewed as having little respect or care about the rights of the inferior classes….”
In other words, if the same sentiment were prevailing during the time of our country’s founding, and immediately afterward, the current crop of enlightened tea partiers and their enablers would have their followers think that this nation was not founded by a ruling class, or elites.
“…The 55 delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention were a distinguished body of men who represented a cross section of 18th-century American leadership. Almost all of them were well-educated men of means who were dominant in their communities and states, and many were also prominent in national affairs. Virtually every one had taken part in the Revolution; at least 29 had served in the Continental forces, most of them in positions of command….”
They would be disqualified from having a say in what is going on because people like Rush Limbaugh would castigate them as Ruling Class.
In other words – they were your inside the beltway types the libertarian right loves to hate.
“…At the time of the convention, 13 individuals were businessmen, merchants, or shippers: Blount, Broom, Clymer, Dayton, Fitzsimons, Gerry, Gilman, Gorham, Langdon, Robert Morris, Pierce, Sherman, and Wilson. Six were major land speculators: Blount, Dayton, Fitzsimons, Gorham, Robert Morris, and Wilson. Eleven speculated in securities on a large scale: Bedford, Blair, Clymer, Dayton, Fitzsimons, Franklin, King, Langdon, Robert Morris, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, and Sherman. Twelve owned or managed slave-operated plantations or large farms: Bassett, Blair, Blount, Butler, Carroll, Jenifer, Mason, Charles Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Rutledge, Spaight, and Washington. Madison also owned slaves. Broom and Few were small farmers.
Nine of the men received a substantial part of their income from public office: Baldwin, Blair, Brearly, Gilman, Jenifer, Livingston, Madison, and Rutledge. Three had retired from active economic endeavors: Franklin, McHenry, and Mifflin. Franklin and Williamson were scientists, in addition to their other activities. McClurg, McHenry, and Williamson were physicians, and Johnson was a university president. Baldwin had been a minister, and Williamson, Madison, Ellsworth, and possibly others had studied theology but had never been ordained.
A few of the delegates were wealthy. Washington and Robert Morris ranked among the nation’s most prosperous men. Carroll, Houston, Jenifer, and Mifflin were also extremely well-to-do. Most of the others had financial resources that ranged from good to excellent. Among those with the most straitened circumstances were Baldwin, Brearly, Broom, Few, Madison, Paterson, and Sherman, though they all managed to live comfortably.
A considerable number of the men were born into leading families: Blair, Butler, Carroll, Houston, Ingersoll, Jenifer, Johnson, Livingston, Mifflin, Gouverneur Morris, both Pinckneys, Randolph, Rutledge, Washington, and Wythe. Others were self-made men w ho had risen from humble beginnings: Few, Franklin, Gorham, Hamilton, and Sherman….”
Completely jumping the shark, Rush praised Codevilla’s abjectly pathetic essay. What he wrote was irrational. It does not make sense.
Unfortunately, the dribble that has been released is pure class warfare. Unfortunately, the far right cannot see the mote in its own eye.
“…The Ruling Class is today represented by the Democratic Party and they hold power with political favoritism. The majority are in the Country Class, to use the term from Professor Cordevilla. The Country Class speaks with many voices and is thus more difficult to organize into a potent political voice. The most significant unifying factor is their preference to rule themselves rather than by an elitist other who claim a false sense of intellectual superiority. They oppose favoritism and special treatment whether to corporations, unions, or social groups.
Nothing unites like a common threat and that is what is bringing the current cohesiveness to the Country Class. The Tea Party movement is only a part of it. The disaffected Republicans, Libertarians, and the Independents are the rest of it. The fact they do not have a strong single unifying set of beliefs would be a very limiting factor if the Democrats had not strayed so far from the center, and if the economy was not having such an adverse impact on their lives.
It is a mistake to assume that America will tolerate elitist solutions and systems long ingrained and accepted in European political culture. The Country Class are more interested in managing their private lives and daily affairs as long as their leaders do not threaten their values and their way of life. When they are thus threatened we can expect a seismic shift at the polls….”
This is all rather tragic. What we are witnessing is the downward spiral of someone who has been a tremendous help to the GOP. Something, though, has happened to Rush Limbaugh. His embrace of class warfare almost makes him sound like some tawdry little Marxist twit trying to destroy those who may be of a different social and financial class than he is.
The worst of it is that, for all his posturing against the elite, well…
“….Last summer, he’d invited Christie to dinner at his upstate compound along with Rush Limbaugh, and like much of the GOP Establishment, he fell hard for Christie, who nevertheless politely turned down Ailes’s calls to run. Ailes had also hoped that David Petraeus would run for president, but Petraeus too has decided to sit this election out, choosing to stay on the counterterrorism front lines as the head of Barack Obama’s CIA. The truth is, for all the antics that often appear on his network, there is a seriousness that underlies Ailes’s own politics. He still speaks almost daily with George H. W. Bush, one of the GOP’s last great moderates, and a war hero, which especially impresses Ailes….”
Yea, it’s a little like something quite disingenuous to me. Rush Limbaugh has created a tremendous amount of trouble for the GOP by embracing this supercilious essay written by a crotchety geezer who doesn’t like the way the world is going.
What people like Rush don’t realize is that there are those like the person who inspired this post who don’t have the capacity to comprehend that it is all about money. It always has been. There’s nothing really patriotic about Rush Limbaugh. He’s out to pad his bank account.
The real tragedy of this vile class warfare business now begun by someone who needs to be put out to pasture is that it is truly hurting people in the GOP. It is hurting our chances of retaking the Senate and winning the White House next year.
Like modern day P. T. Barnums, Rush Limbaugh and his minions have suckered a bunch of hapless individuals into believing they are being told the “truth”. There’s a huge difference between “truth” and factual accuracy. The “truth” is people are sick and tired of the intellectual elite lording it over them. The factual accuracy of the situation is that Rush Limbaugh is one of those elitists in the smoke filled room.