Elitism and the Elite

Dave 07There has been hot air blowing and tears flowing since last Tuesday’s US election. Some Clinton supporters have progressed from shouting and shedding tears to burning and looting.

How Marcie’s Maternity or Ben’s Burgers were so pivotal to the unsatisfactory outcome of the election that they deserved to be torched, is beyond me, but the looniest wing of the left seems to think that arson is a legitimate catharsis for disappointment. Of course many of them are just paid agitators, and they’ll take any gig for a buck.

In fairness, many on the left and some on the right have engaged in honest self-examination, and have concluded that in their arrogance they completely missed the frustration felt by the millions of citizens that one of the candidates graciously characterized as: “DEPLORABLES.”

But a majority seem to have missed the point entirely. Some blame sexism as the reason for the Clinton loss, completely failing to explain why the same people who would not vote for Hillary Clinton would have voted, in a heartbeat, for any number of less dishonest and corrupt female candidates.

Some left-wing commentators actually managed to drag race into the discussion, insisting that the outcome was proof of conservative bias against visible minorities; again completely ignoring the fact that those same people would have voted, without a moment’s hesitation, for a Ben Carson or a Marco Rubio.

I think that the vote should fundamentally be interpreted as an overdue punch in the nose to Elitism. Elitism is an attitude that emotes: “I’m a chosen arbiter of what is good and bad, right and wrong; you must take your truth from me.”

An Elite on the other hand is someone who is among the best at their chief endeavor, (although breaking the law and getting away with it maybe shouldn’t count). And unfortunately, Elites – think DiCaprio the actor, sometimes become Elitists – think DiCaprio the jet set environmentalist.

Robert Fulford who I consider to be an Elite journalist, wrote a column in the National Post talking about his love affair with America and its Elites. I share those sentiments.

Elite American writers, artists, musicians, politicians, and even journalists have brought much beauty, enjoyment and perspective to the world. Some of them were also Elitists, but many were not. Unfortunately, Fulford’s article was Elitist in tone.

In the aftermath of the vote, many weepy dopey Elitists like Madonna, the flaming-out hillary-clintonstar who publicly promised oral sex to any man who would vote for Hillary (and you thought Donald Trump was clueless and classless), and Patrick J Adams who tweeted: “Dear world. I apologize.” – expressed their horror, disbelief, and non-acceptance of the reality, that the poster child for arrogant, corrupt, one-percenter Elitists had failed to become President.

Again, Elitism is the pivotal issue. The entire electoral enterprise was crowded with Elitists on both sides, but very few Elites. The post-election commentary by most on the left, and some on the right, has been overwhelmingly Elitist in tone, suggesting that, so far at least, the election has taught them nothing.

Like Robert Fulford, I respect Elites. It’s Elitists that I can’t stand.

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2 Comments on “Elitism and the Elite”

  1. Gord Miller November 15, 2016 at 2:06 AM #

    Well put Dave! But it’s a little scary that such an overwhelming number of Elites are indeed Elitists.

  2. guy plecash November 24, 2016 at 9:27 PM #

    Well put, indeed. What’s really scary is all the non-elite-at-anything elitists that infest all our Canadian political parties. Do we vote or fumigate?

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