American Elephants

Shut Up! You Can’t Sing The National Anthem Here! by The Elephant's Child

The gulf arising between the political class and the country class is becoming not just noticeable but worrisome.  If you do not recognize those terms, do read Angelo M. Codevilla’s essay “America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution” from The American Spectator‘s July/August issue.  Angelo Codevilla is professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University. This paragraph seemed pertinent:

The country class actually believes that America’s ways are superior to the rest of the world’s, and regards most of mankind as less free, less prosperous, and less virtuous. Thus while it delights in croissants and thinks Toyota’s factory methods are worth imitating, it dislikes the idea of adhering to “world standards.” This class also takes part in the U.S. armed forces body and soul: nearly all the enlisted, non-commissioned officers and officers under flag rank belong to this class in every measurable way. Few vote for the Democratic Party. You do not doubt that you are amidst the country class rather than with the ruling class when the American flag passes by or “God Bless America” is sung after seven innings of baseball, and most people show reverence.

Peggy Noonan wrote last Friday on the same subject — the anger of ordinary Americans at the political class.  I have written on that, and on the anger of the political class with ordinary Americans — simply because we disagree.  The evidence is everywhere.  Do read the essay, or download it to read later.  People will be referencing it for a long time.

(h/t: The Foundry) [I also shamelessly borrowed their great headline!]

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