In a New York Times OpEd today, David Brooks writes about the rise of the Tea Party movement and America’s supposed growing disillusionment with the “educated class”. We need to stop right here and work through a definition of “educated class”. Clearly Mr. Brooks has one definition in mind – Obama and/or liberals. I find class segregation a slippery slope – one that Americans in general should get away from. It is a construct largely in use by the democrat party. Using the term “educated class” implies that the rest of society that isn’t a part of this class is the “uneducated class”. So let’s roll forward in Mr. Brooks’ OpEd and see what he associates with this group:
The educated class believes in global warming, so public skepticism about global warming is on the rise. The educated class supports abortion rights, so public opinion is shifting against them. The educated class supports gun control, so opposition to gun control is mounting. The story is the same in foreign affairs. The educated class is internationalist, so isolationist sentiment is now at an all-time high…
So the “uneducated class” doesn’t believe in global warming (or maybe more accurately, doesn’t believe in immediate economic destruction to pursue an unproven course of action to affect a natural process that we don’t fully comprehend), is anti-abortion, and opposes gun control. Hmmmm. I think Mr. Brooks just labeled the GOP party the party of the “uneducated class”. Can you see the bias yet? No, well let’s go a bit further and digest this tidbit:
The Obama administration is premised on the conviction that pragmatic federal leaders with professional expertise should have the power to implement programs to solve the country’s problems. Many Americans do not have faith in that sort of centralized expertise or in the political class generally.
“pragmatic federal leaders with professional expertise” ? Really? The last time I checked, the Obama cabinet has the LEAST amount of professional expertise from any cabinet in recent history.
Gladly, this is an OpEd piece and not a news story – although it wouldn’t shock me to see this in the regular sections of the NYT. So let’s correct Mr. Brooks. The country isn’t turning against some “educated class” and knee-jerk reacting to whatever their platform is, we’ll pick the opposite. The country was sold on flash and sizzle and the mantra of “Hope and Change” last year followed by promises of the most transparent administration all of which followed a congressional turnover in 2006 with the promise of “most honest, ethical and open congress ever”. A year later, the sizzle and flash has died out and reality has set in. Congress, across both sides of the aisle for the most part, is proving to be one of the most ineffective, closed and dishonest bodies sat in those chambers. This, in turn, is reflected by the low congressional approval ratings and therefore the only nationally recognized republicans are associated with congress and therefore their ratings are dipping. Obama hasn’t brought any change to Washington and has broken a number of his promises, pushing forward legislation faster and with less public insight than he promised, rushing ahead with ill-conceived Gitmo-closing plans, etc. and therefore has enjoyed the steepest decline in approval ratings in recent history. Americans want change. Real change from outside the beltway. For those that think there won’t be massive turnover in congress next year, you’re fooling yourselves. Watch and see as the Obama Amateur Hour continues to play on with Reid and Pelosi dancing right along oblivious to the fact that a majority of Americans don’t agree with them on any of their major initiatives. Brooks is right on one account, “don’t underestimate the deep reservoirs of public disgust”
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