Hoover Institution: Defining Ideas: Bruce Thornton: Illiberal Liberalism
This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger
Reading right-wingers about people they call “elitist Democrats,” or wine and cheese Democrats, people whom I call wine and cheese progressives, the wing of the Democratic Party that believes that anyone who didn’t graduate from an Ivy League, other Northeastern university or a school on the west coast is not real bright and needs big government to take care of them, is a little difficult, if I were to take their arguments seriously (good luck with that). On the other hand, I can just enjoy the unintentional humor and hypocrisy of it and think to myself, “Damn, these guys (including Ann Coulter) have a serious set of balls, balls that you could use to play basketball.” If you’ve ever been hit in the head with a basketball, you know that it it hurts like hell. It’s like getting punched by a world heavyweight champion boxer. I would only recommend it for my worst enemy.
Seriously, these are the people who run the country. They have the money to do it or they serve and are in business to protect the people who do it. They get on Democrats for elitism when they are constantly putting down organized labor, government workers, and blue collar workers, trying to transfer wealth from the middle class to the upper class and looking for ways to increase taxes on low-income Americans.
You have elitist Democrats like the Kennedy Family and others and you have elitist Republicans like the Bush Family and many others. You know what they have in common. They all have a hell of a lot of money and have a hard time communicating with working class people who aren’t Ivy League educated, who drink beer, eat chicken wings, hot dogs and french fries. And go bowling, which I guess is a sin amongst yuppy snobs and elitists on both sides of the isle. They have a hard time communicating with people who work very hard for a living and spend their free time doing working class activities like going to ball games.
Hearing someone like Bruce Thornton, who may or may not be a right-wing snob himself, using the same language that other right-wingers use when they talk about elitist Democrats, is like trying to swallow a mouth full of horse shit. It’s a little tough to swallow, even if you had to in order to survive because there was nothing else to eat, that is if you take them seriously. If you don’t, you can just laugh it off and make fun of them.