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America's Regime Class And the Perils of Revolution
The American Spectator ^ | July 2010 | Angelo M. Codevilla

Posted on 07/08/2010 7:17:03 AM PDT by The King of Elflands Daughter

...Republican and Democratic office holders and their retinues show similar presumption to dominate, 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...Like a fraternity, this class requires above all comity - being in with the right people, giving the required signs that one is on the right side, and joining in despising the Outs....Its attitude is key to understanding our bipartisan ruling class. Its first tenet is that “we” are the best and brightest while the rest of Americans are retrograde, racist and dysfunctional unless properly constrained....

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I thought this article was an interesting analysis of the contemporary political situation in the United States. It originally appeared in the American Spectator. It's a bit long, but interesting in its entirety.
1 posted on 07/08/2010 7:17:05 AM PDT by The King of Elflands Daughter
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To: The King of Elflands Daughter
Killer post. I really liked this part:

If, for example, you are Lawrence Tribe in 1984, Harvard Professor of law, leftist pillar of the establishment, you can “write” your magnum opus by using the products of your student assistants, Ron Klain and Barack Obama. A decade later, after Klain admits to having written some parts of the book, and the other parts are found to be verbatim or paraphrases of a book published in 1974, you can claim (perhaps correctly) that your 4 plagiarism was “inadvertent,” and you can count on the Law School’s dean, Elena Kagan, to appoint a committee including former and future Harvard president Derek Bok that issues a secret report that “closes” the incident. Incidentally, Obama ends up as President and Kagan a justice of the Supreme Court. Not one of these people did their job: the professor did not write the book himself, the assistant plagiarized instead of researching, the dean and the committee did not hold the professor accountable, and all ended up rewarded. By contrast, for example, learned papers and distinguished careers in climatology at MIT (Richard Lindzen) or UVA (S Fred singer) who question ‘global warming” are not enough for them to be taken seriously. For our ruling class, identity always trumps.

2 posted on 07/08/2010 7:27:03 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: The King of Elflands Daughter

BIG TIME bookmark! Thanks for posting! Will read this evening!


3 posted on 07/08/2010 7:27:15 AM PDT by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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To: The King of Elflands Daughter

“our bipartisan ruling class”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp6-wG5LLqE
meet the new boss, same as the old boss


4 posted on 07/08/2010 7:46:16 AM PDT by tumblindice (If you liked 1984, you'll love The Road to Serfdom)
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To: The King of Elflands Daughter

Very good article. He hints at what I have been thinking is the only real way for the “country class” to fix the system - every single conservative, libertarian, radical anarchist, or anyone else who wants to sweep the “ruling class” from power needs to join the Democratic Party and launch an internal fight for control of it.


5 posted on 07/08/2010 8:23:33 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: The King of Elflands Daughter

Thanks for posting! I’ll have to read that tonight.


6 posted on 07/08/2010 8:44:52 AM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: The King of Elflands Daughter

bookmark


7 posted on 07/08/2010 9:52:00 AM PDT by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: Billthedrill

Ping. Long, but definitive.


8 posted on 07/08/2010 10:26:07 AM PDT by Publius (Unless the Constitution is followed, it is simply a piece of paper.)
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To: Loud Mime

Ping. Even the ballot might not make a difference.


9 posted on 07/08/2010 11:53:10 AM PDT by Publius (Unless the Constitution is followed, it is simply a piece of paper.)
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To: Publius

Thanks for the ping, and a BTT. Very perceptive article. More on it later when I’ve had a chance to digest it.


10 posted on 07/08/2010 11:59:36 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Publius; Billthedrill

Sitting down with a cup of java to read this in its entirety.

Thanks for the ping


11 posted on 07/08/2010 2:18:49 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Argue from the Constitution: Initialpoints.net)
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To: The King of Elflands Daughter

BFL


12 posted on 07/08/2010 4:21:53 PM PDT by reformedliberal ("If it takes a blood bath, let's get it over with." R. Reagan)
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To: The King of Elflands Daughter

I’m glad she is teaching somewhere.


13 posted on 07/08/2010 4:34:18 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: The King of Elflands Daughter

Great insights in this article.


14 posted on 07/18/2010 6:56:59 PM PDT by bvw
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To: The King of Elflands Daughter

Later Duplicates:

Preferred!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2553634/posts 122

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2554512/posts 40

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2554945/posts 16

This here is the Earliest, 7/8
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2548923/posts 14


15 posted on 07/18/2010 7:15:49 PM PDT by bvw
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To: bvw

I’m quite happy to see that the article has gotten wider viewing than I had known. Evidently posting in the earlier morning brings a greater readership. Such a cogent article deserves a broad audience. Thanks for pointing these other postings out to me!
-—tkoed


16 posted on 07/18/2010 11:24:44 PM PDT by The King of Elflands Daughter
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To: bvw

bookmark


17 posted on 07/18/2010 11:27:34 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: TASMANIANRED
I’m glad she is teaching somewhere.

Who is "she"?

18 posted on 07/19/2010 10:02:12 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: raybbr

Codevilla


19 posted on 07/20/2010 2:11:51 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: TASMANIANRED
Uh, "Angelo M. Codevilla" is a guy.


20 posted on 07/20/2010 2:17:43 PM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: raybbr

Sure looks like a guy, Thanks


21 posted on 07/20/2010 3:00:53 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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