In the preceding post, Scipio pointed out that ruling elites and their lackeys in the media have little regard for ordinary people, usually viewing them merely as recipients of government largess. The intolerance that Mark Steyn writes about in this post is illustrative of that. One cannot help but also think of the intolerance of the left-liberals, in and out of the MSM, toward Sarah Palin.
My old editor, Charles Moore,
has a piece in the London Telegraph
on the 30th anniversary of Mrs Thatcher's arrival in Downing Street.
Very pertinent, as Britain regresses to the basket-case Seventies.
But this passage, I think, has relevance to the American elite's view of the current Tea Parties.
Charles quotes the leftie writer Hanif Kureishi's condescending dismissal -
"Thatcher, like the Queen, is basically vulgar" - and adds:
Without having Hanif Kureishi's exalted, exquisite, Nancy-Mitford-style
sensitivity for class distinctions,
I do see that the combination of Mrs Thatcher's beliefs and her social origins (and perhaps also her sex) is toxic for people like him.
People like Mrs Thatcher –
state-educated, lower-middle-class, provincial, female –
were not supposed to question the 1945 state-socialist settlement.
To its architects, such people were of no account.
They were neither poor enough to attract romantic sympathy,
nor grand enough to be entitled to power.
They were expected to know their place.
There's a lot of that in that CNN reporter's
coverage of the Tea Parties:
You'll be getting your $400 Obama "tax credit". So what's your beef? Why don't you know your place?
These people also
are "neither poor enough to attract romantic sympathy,
nor grand enough to be entitled to power".
Which is why the media feel free to sneer.
In the long run, a society can function without Susan Roesgen,
but not without a small-business sector
and a middle-class that's able to retain the fruits of its labors.
KNOWING YOUR PLACE
by Mark Steyn
THE NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE
25 April 09
Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama
because he is not eligible to be President of the United States
because he is not a Natural Born Citizen
as required by Article Two, Section One, Clause Five
of the United States Constitution.
This is a fact regardless of
where he was born (Mombassa, Hawaii, Chicago, or Mars).
He is not a Natural Born Citizen
because he was not born of
BOTH OF WHOM WERE UNITED STATES CITIZENS
at the time of his birth.
His father was a subject/ciitizen
of Kenya/Great Britain at the time of his birth and afterwards.
His mother was too young to pass on her US citizenship
according to the law in effect when he was born.
Check it out:
His usurpation cannot be corrected by Congress,
it can only be corrected by his resignation, his removal
by an amendment to the Constitution
which will never happen.