Establishment furor over the six-week-old Trump administration is growing.
Outraged New York Times columnist
Talk of removing the new president through impeachment, or opposing everything he does (the progressive "Resistance"), is commonplace. Some op-ed writers and pundits abroad have openly hoped for his violent death.
Trump is in a virtual war with the mainstream global media, the entrenched so-called "deep state," the
The sometimes undisciplined and loud Trump is certainly not a member of the familiar ruling cadre, which dismisses him as a crude and know-nothing upstart who should never have been elected president. (Had
But who, exactly, makes up these disgruntled elite classes?
For a year, most expert pundits and pollsters smugly assured the public of a certain
Rhodes Scholar and former U.N. Ambassador
From the fabulist former NBC anchorman
Elitism sometimes seems predicated on being branded with the proper degrees. But when universities embrace a therapeutic curriculum and politically correct indoctrination, how can a costly university degree guarantee knowledge or inductive thinking?
Is elitism defined by an array of brilliant and proven theories?
Not really. University-sired identity politics has not led to racial and ethnic harmony. Is there free speech or diversity of thought on campuses? Did progressive government save the inner cities?
Are elites at least better-spoken and more knowledgeable than the rest of us?
Long before Trump's monotonous repetition of "tremendous" and "great,"
Not long ago, Rep.
The Western world is having a breakdown. The symptoms are the recent rise of socialist
But these are desperate folk remedies, not the cause of the disease itself.
The malady instead stems from our false notion of elitism.
The public no longer believes that privilege and influence should be predicated on titles, brands and buzz, rather than on demonstrable knowledge and proven character. The idea that brilliance can be manifested in trade skills or retail sales, or courage expressed by dealing with the hardship of factory work, or character found on an
Instead, 21st-century repute is accrued from the false gods of the right zip code, high income, proper social circles and media exposure rather from a demonstrable record of moral or intellectual excellence.
In 1828, the wild and unruly
The hollow, tiny coastal establishment of the 1820s perpetuated the ancestry and background of the great but all-but-disappeared Founding Fathers such as
What got the brash Trump elected was a similar popular outrage that the self-described best and brightest of our time are has-beens, having enjoyed influence without real merit or visible achievement.