Rulers Without Measure

The likelihood of Elena Kagan’s approval by the Senate is high, not because she’s qualified, but because she knows the right people, talks the right way and has the right mannerisms.

While the people in Washington are often — and correctly — called “the ruling minority,” Angelo M. Codevilla with the American Spectator‘s latest issue encapsulates and identifies the minority in Washington. The ruling class.

To be a part of the ruling class, one does not need wealth, professional positioning, or education. Codevilla explains that most under the ruling class do not make much more than a California farmer, a Texas oil man, or the neighbors with which they do not associate. What sets them apart demographically is that, “their careers and fortunes depend on government.” As for professional positioning, someone like Steve Forbes, Clarance Thomas, or Ronald Reagan never would, and never will, be accepted into the ruling class. Those conservatives don’t speak, do or think the right way.

Education doesn’t serve as any filter for who is accepted. Codevilla explains:

Much less does membership in the ruling class depend on high academic achievement. To see something closer to an academic meritocracy consider France, where elected officials have little power, a vast bureaucracy explicitly controls details from how babies are raised to how to make cheese, and people get into and advance in that bureaucracy strictly by competitive exams. Hence for good or ill, France’s ruling class are bright people — certifiably. Not ours. But didn’t ours go to Harvard and Princeton and Stanford? Didn’t most of them get good grades? Yes. But while getting into the Ecole Nationale d’Administration or the Ecole Polytechnique or the dozens of other entry points to France’s ruling class requires outperforming others in blindly graded exams, and graduating from such places requires passing exams that many fail, getting into America’s “top schools” is less a matter of passing exams than of showing up with acceptable grades and an attractive social profile. American secondary schools are generous with their As. Since the 1970s, it has been virtually impossible to flunk out of American colleges. And it is an open secret that “the best” colleges require the least work and give out the highest grade point averages. No, our ruling class recruits and renews itself not through meritocracy but rather by taking into itself people whose most prominent feature is their commitment to fit in. The most successful neither write books and papers that stand up to criticism nor release their academic records. Thus does our ruling class stunt itself through negative selection. But the more it has dumbed itself down, the more it has defined itself by the presumption of intellectual superiority.”  Angelo M. Codevilla with American Spectator June-August, 2010 issue (emphasis mine.)

The people in control of this country aren’t necessarily successful or smart. But yet they do what they do because they think they know what’s best for our nation. They look at the government as their vehicle, thinking the average American is retrograde, racist and dysfunctional if not properly constrained. Therefore, the ruling class’ goal is power. Power not granted in the Constitution, that’s why it is so often disregarded by them. They consider it an obstacle.

In Congressional Government (1885) Woodrow Wilson made his thoughts clear: the U.S. Constitution restricts the government from meeting our country’s needs by enumerating rights. The rights granted in the Constitution only serve as a block in the ruling class’ road to a “better society.” Thus the ideas of a “living” Constitution were born.

Often the members of the ruling class believe there is no God, and that only the unenlightened citizens believe in God. Codevilla states, “our ruling class prays to itself as ‘saviors of the planet’ and improvers of humanity.”   There is also a logical rational behind this: Christian beliefs protect the rights granted in the Constitution. That life is sacred, all are created equal, God granted us unalienable rights, and there are certain things that a government should not do. God, like the Constitution, is an obstacle to the ruling class.

Taxes, regulation and welfare are some of the biggest ways the ruling class creates a dependence on the government. Once they obtain dependence, they then can control society and make decisions based on what they think is best.

Codevilla says, “Democrats and Republicans, gladden the hearts of some one-third of the electorate — most Democratic voters, plus a few Republicans. This means that Democratic politicians are the ruling class’s prime legitimate representatives and that because Republican politicians are supported by only a fourth of their voters while the rest vote for them reluctantly, most are aspirants for a junior role in the ruling class.”

All of this answers Senator Scott Brown’s question, “Why is it that I’m always the one that has to vote with the Democrats? …Bipartisanship is a two-way street, you know?” Not with the ruling class, Senator Brown. The ruling class “knows what’s best” so therefore bipartisanship means voting with them, on their side.

This also explains President Obama’s apologies for America. Codevilla states, “[E]ven as our ruling class has lectured, cajoled, and sometimes intruded violently to reform foreign countries in its own image, it has apologized to them for America not having matched that image — their private image.”

The ruling class isn’t worried about the truth. They alter common science, media, news, history and textbooks. The ruling class does so to achieve — you guessed it — power. After all, it is in our best interests.

Codevilla goes on to explain what he calls the “Country class.” Meaning, the people who believe in free market, less regulation, lower taxes, limited government, the Constitution, Rights and — in most cases — God. The average American who holds traditional, core values and is concerned with what the government has done, and continues to do.

Retaliation against the ruling class is crucial. If we are to preserve truth, history, education, religion, rights, and our Constitution, the ruling class must be stopped. How do we do that? Codevilla explains:

Yet to defend the country class, to break down the ruling class’s presumptions, it has no choice but to imitate the Democrats, at least in some ways and for a while. Consider: The ruling class denies its opponents’ legitimacy. Seldom does a Democratic official or member of the ruling class speak on public affairs without reiterating the litany of his class’s claim to authority, contrasting it with opponents who are either uninformed, stupid, racist, shills for business, violent, fundamentalist, or all of the above. They do this in the hope that opponents, hearing no other characterizations of themselves and no authoritative voice discrediting the ruling class, will be dispirited. For the country class seriously to contend for self-governance, the political party that represents it will have to discredit not just such patent frauds as ethanol mandates, the pretense that taxes can control “climate change,” and the outrage of banning God from public life. More important, such a serious party would have to attack the ruling class’s fundamental claims to its superior intellect and morality in ways that dispirit the target and hearten one’s own. The Democrats having set the rules of modern politics, opponents who want electoral success are obliged to follow them.” Angelo M. Codevilla with American Spectator July-August, 2010 issue (emphasis mine.)

There is one part of that last quote that I do not agree with: that there is, “no choice but to imitate the Democrats”. The ruling class discredits its opponents by ridiculing the Country class. We must not play their game. When discrediting the ruling class we must do so eloquently and winsomely. Ridicule only reduces the credibility of the one who does the ridiculing. Ronald Reagan is an excellent example of eloquent, winsome, disarmament of his opponents. Rather than forcing his view, he presented it in a way that no one could turn down.

Don’t wait, the ruling class is a determined minority.

-Ben

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