That’s why O’Donnell’s desperate attempt to devalue Ivy League diplomas strikes me as a disturbing turn, even in America’s political right, where downward mobility seems to be attracting high praise.
It saddens me to hear other conservatives — many of whom quite properly denounce black kids who ridicule academic achievement as “acting white” — ridicule high-achieving college graduates as “elitists.”
What kind of message does that send to our children? Work hard, get a good education and maybe you, too, can become successful enough to be denounced as an elitist?
That’s why, when I hear Obama‘s critics knock him with the E-word, I take it as a sign of social progress. As recently as two or three decades ago, it would have been inconceivable for a black man to be portrayed as out of touch with the working class — unless perhaps he was a member of the underclass. We’ve come a long way as a nation, haven’t we?
Obama should wear his achievement proudly, but not too proudly. Somebody might think he’s stuck up.
Let’s first start with this, Mr Page…
The president is stuck up. We knew that when he told a room full of San Francisco limousine liberals about the poor, confused masses “sticking to their guns and religion.”
If you want to know what is “so bad” about elites, it is this – their belief that their supposedly greater knowledge or position gives them the right to dictate how the rest of the nation must live and act.
The choices exercised by 300 million (marginally) free people – combined with the freedom to both enjoy the benefits AND suffer the consequences of those choices - is simply more moral than the machinations of a ruling class that proves its lack of fitness to rule with nearly every headline.
If there ever was a day when “elites” were motivated to better our culture – its called ‘noblese oblige” – it is clear that they no longer have such a goal.
This elite, (Big Academia, Big Union, Big Business, Big Government, and/or Big NGO/Non-profit) is little more than a cadre of corrupt rent-seekers who work together toward goal of turning productive, self governing citizens into debt slaves and/or wards of the state.
A pox on the “elite.” It isn’t about an education, it’s about the overweening thirst for control and power exhibited by the ruling class.