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Liberal Elitist Says Conservatives Should Admire Elites and You’re An Idiot if You Don’t

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens wrote an article that was published on Independence Day where he described Donald Trump’s supporters as “idiots” who should “admire” elites. Of course, Stephens is one of the elites we should admire otherwise how would we know who to support if he weren’t elitist enough to tell us?

Stephens whined that conservatives “demonize” and do not “admire” elites who are “educated” and care about things like “culture” and the “cultivation of the human soul.” (Breitbart)

You’ve got to be kidding me. How much education does a person need to figure out a government can’t spend more than it has, that people can’t change their sex or race by an act of the will, and killing unborn babies is a grave moral evil? How do any of these elitist claims cultivate the human soul?

The elites who have gotten us into perpetual wars are the same elites who are mandating the insane policy of transgenderism:

The Army has begun compulsory transgender sensitivity training for soldiers and civilians as the Pentagon makes halting progress in its efforts establish policies to accept transgender troops. (USA Today)

We’re to admire elites when we this kind of nonsense?

We should bow down to elites who tell us that paying people who do not work will alleviate poverty and subsidizing women who have babies outside of marriage will strengthen the family?

Have you ever watched a “Gay Pride” parade? Now that’s culture! How about a play where a Trump look-alike is savagely killed on stage? I know, high culture is Kathy Griffin holding up a bloody severed head of President Trump. It’s ok because she’s a gifted elitist comedian. We conservative peons aren’t sophisticated enough to understand the humor in all of it. We had to wait until a worshiper of leftist elites tried to murder GOP congressmen at a baseball practice to find out why it’s all so funny.

There was the “Piss Christ.” Now, that was the cultivation of the human soul as well as a Robert Mapplethorpe photograph of a bullwhip plunged into his rectum, funded by elites with money confiscated from the less cultivated “idiots” who don’t know high-class art when they see it. Mapplethorpe died at the age of 42 due to complications from HIV/AIDS, the disease of some of our nation’s greatest “elites.” Yes, one man sticking his penis in another man “where the sun don’t shine” is the height of cultural sophistication. Who would know this unless there were people like Bret Stephens to tell us?

It was the elites that got us into the quagmire of Iraq and Afghanistan. Let’s not forget Vietnam where more than 50,000 Americans came home in body bags. For what? Who got us into these wars? “By 1965, the fate of Kennedy’s pragmatism was sealed in the jungles of Vietnam, as David Halberstam’s The Best and the Brightest (1972), has chronicled so effectively.”1 JFK was a graduate of Harvard. You can’t get any more elitist than that. It was the elites that planned and ran the war assuring the uncultured who were drafted to fight the war that victory was assured at minimal cost but at great expense.

The focus of [The Best and the Brightest] is on the erroneous foreign policy crafted by the academics and intellectuals who were in John F. Kennedy’s administration, and the disastrous consequences of those policies in Vietnam. The title referred to Kennedy’s “whiz kids”—leaders of industry and academia brought into the Kennedy administration—whom Halberstam characterized as arrogantly insisting on “brilliant policies that defied common sense” in Vietnam, often against the advice of career U.S. Department of State employees. (Wikipedia)

Dr. Gary North wrote the following in 2004 about George W. Bush’s Iraq fiasco where the best and the brightest were at it again. Bush is a graduate of Yale:

Bush, Jr. … listened to some very high IQ advisors, some of whom [had] Ph.D.’s. These advisors … turned out to have been really, truly ill-informed about Iraq. They thought American troops would be greeted with open arms, not contraband arms. They dismissed estimates made by generals (without Ph.D.’s) that we would need twice as many troops in Iraq. They dismissed predictions of “quagmire” as the ravings of nervous nellies.

Bush, with an IQ higher than most of the voters, listened to people with even higher IQ’s. The result is a military disaster that threatens to get much worse.

It has gotten worse. Talk to the Christians in Iraq, if you can find any.

Bush did not go into Iraq alone. He had nearly the full support of Congress — a bastion of self-professing elites — with nearly every Republican voting for the war and 40 percent of the Democrats, including Hillary Clinton.

What should we think of the elites that created one bankrupted government program after another that is leaving us with trillions of dollars of debt and unfunded mandates? The housing and banking crises of 2007 were perpetrated by the elites who believed that prosperity can be created out of nothing, a policy that continues to this day.

The near deification of the elites might explain the antipathy they feel for someone like Donald Trump who eats his steak with Ketchup.

  1. Gary North, “Editor’s Introduction,” Journal of Christian Reconstruction, Symposium on Satanism 1:2 (Winter 1974), 8. []
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