Fellow Patriot: The voluntary financial generosity of supporters like you keeps our hard-hitting analysis coming. Please support the 2021 Year-End Campaign today. Thank you for your support! —Nate Jackson, Managing Editor

Cal Thomas / October 19, 2021

Elites and Their Elitism

“There are people in government who don’t want other people to know what they know.”

“They said you were high class, but that was just a lie.” —Elvis Presley, “Hound Dog”

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain brought criticism on himself last week when he retweeted a post from Harvard economist Jason Furman. Furman claimed that rising inflation and nationwide supply chain issues that have delayed products from reaching store shelves is a “high-class problem.” Klain’s retweet was accompanied by two emoji hands pointing at the original tweet, so is it safe to say he agreed with Furman?

This is the kind of attitude that has turned off many Americans to Washington politics. Despite what they often say, politicians are mostly looking out for themselves, not average people, who constitute the majority. It is a major reason why Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 and still has a faithful and unquestioning following.

The definition of “elitist” helps focus the mind. Dictionary.com: “(of a person or class of persons) considered superior by others or by themselves, as in intellect, talent, power, wealth, or position in society.” The “by themselves” part is what many Americans think of these elitists. Call it the Leona Helmsley attitude. The late New York hotelier once claimed, “We don’t pay taxes; only the little people pay taxes.” You can’t get more elitist than that.

Washington elites at the highest levels ride in chauffeured limousines. They also get security to accompany them everywhere they wish to travel. They don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot in garages where rates can be $40 or more, much less pay for them. They have staff fawning over them, meeting their every desire (some of which get them into trouble). All these perks are paid for by taxpayers. When members of the congressional elite retire, or on rare occasions are defeated, many get pensions and other retirement benefits subsidized by taxpayers.

Then we have the vaccine elitists, headed by President Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci. Do I need to explain this one?

Elitists are not limited to “the swamp.” They are everywhere. Terry McAuliffe, the democratic candidate for governor in Virginia, said in a debate with his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” Youngkin believes more parents should be involved in their children’s education, especially on subjects such as critical race theory and transgender policies, with which many disagree. Elitists like McAuliffe apparently think parents should turn their kids over to the state education system and then mind their own business.

NBC News reported on a top administrator at the Southlake, Texas Independent School District who advised teachers to offer their students an “opposing” perspective about the Holocaust. And what might an opposing perspective be? That it never happened? That Jews had it coming? There are those kinds of opposing books.

East Lansing, Michigan, public school elitists have announced they are canceling observances of Halloween and Valentine’s Day. In a letter reportedly sent to parents, officials said they were doing so out of concerns over hurt feelings and families that felt “uncomfortable” with the observances. What about families and children — likely a large majority — who feel quite comfortable with these observances and have become used to them over years past? Too bad for them. The elitists don’t care.

The late author Tom Clancy may have said it best, though somewhat inelegantly:

“There are people in government who don’t want other people to know what they know. It’s just another example of elitism. And I spit on elitism. Show me an elitist, and I’ll show you a loser.”

©2021 Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.