Article about the "culture war" and political parties.
By Angelo M. Codevilla from the July 2010 - August 2010 issue
"As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations,
and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed
that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors' "toxic assets" was the only alternative to the U.S. economy's "systemic collapse." In
this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not
most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment of some 10 trillion nonexistent dollars in ways unprecedented in America. They
explained neither the difference between the assets' nominal and real values, nor precisely why letting the market find the latter would collapse
America. The public objected immediately, by margins of three or four to one. "
"When this majority discovered that virtually no one in a position of power in either party or with a national voice would take their objections
seriously, that decisions about their money were being made in bipartisan backroom deals with interested parties, and that the laws on these matters
were being voted by people who had not read them, the term "political class" came into use. Then, after those in power changed their plans from
buying toxic assets to buying up equity in banks and major industries but refused to explain why, when they reasserted their right to decide ad hoc on
these and so many other matters, supposing them to be beyond the general public's understanding, the American people started referring to those in
and around government as the "ruling class." And in fact Republican and Democratic office holders and their retinues show a similar presumption to
dominate and fewer differences in tastes, habits, opinions, and sources of income among one another than between both and the rest of the country.
They think, look, and act as a class."
The rest of the article is here:
It's very long, but worth the time to read it. I emailed the link to a friend and his response was:
I had always envisioned myself on the side of the Galactic Empire if I was ever stuck in the whole "Star Wars" thing. You know, wearing the badass
white armor, oppressing hippies, and insightfully pointing out that "Yes you old bastard, those ARE the droids I'm looking for!".
...Now I find out I'm on the side of the rebels!