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America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution
American Spectator ^ | Jul/Aug 2012 | Angelo Codevilla

Posted on 03/26/2013 8:51:03 PM PDT by robowombat

As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors’ “toxic assets” was the only alternative to the U.S. economy’s “systemic collapse.” In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment of some 10 trillion nonexistent dollars in ways unprecedented in America. They explained neither the difference between the assets’ nominal and real values, nor precisely why letting the market find the latter would collapse America. The public objected immediately, by margins of three or four to one.

When this majority discovered that virtually no one in a position of power in either party or with a national voice would take their objections seriously, that decisions about their money were being made in bipartisan backroom deals with interested parties, and that the laws on these matters were being voted by people who had not read them, the term “political class” came into use.

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
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This is long but it is worth finding and reading. Codevilla is a semi-neocon who has become a Constitutional Conservative . He is deliberately kept off any of the national media blab shows as he says impolite things and terrifies the permanent government establishment types.
1 posted on 03/26/2013 8:51:03 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat

ping


2 posted on 03/26/2013 8:54:53 PM PDT by laplata
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To: robowombat

I agree- - - it is a tedious, but interesting read, thanks.


3 posted on 03/26/2013 9:03:31 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: robowombat

Concerning your last sentence: just like Tom Woods. He’s more libertarian than conservative though.


4 posted on 03/26/2013 9:37:20 PM PDT by Republican1795.
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To: robowombat

An excellent read. Thank you. We, the Country Class, outnumber the Progressives by huge numbers. We are just too fractured due to the spineless Republicans who, really simply represent themselves. I don’t care how the revolution comes about.


5 posted on 03/26/2013 9:42:34 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: 98ZJ USMC

I don’t care how the revolution comes about.


This time it might resemble the French Revolution.


6 posted on 03/26/2013 10:10:29 PM PDT by laplata
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To: Graewoulf
Agree, Long read, but well worth it. While not the intent of the article, one can easily understand why the country class is stocking up on ammo.
7 posted on 03/26/2013 10:12:39 PM PDT by suijuris
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To: robowombat

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8 posted on 03/26/2013 10:20:20 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~)
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To: suijuris

Yep. Varmint control. Truly a problem.


9 posted on 03/26/2013 10:27:51 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: robowombat

10 posted on 03/26/2013 10:42:37 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: robowombat

ping for later - THX!


11 posted on 03/26/2013 11:16:42 PM PDT by 88keys ("This is no time to go wobbly"....)
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To: robowombat

Save


12 posted on 03/27/2013 12:03:49 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: robowombat

indeed, a great read. thanks for the post. i’ve read parts of this elsewhere but not all together in a coherent form as here.

this man Codevilla is butressing his rhetoric with quotes from Lincoln, Madison, and God Himself. he distinguishes true reason and science from the leftist’s junk science. he argues against macro-evolution and for home-schooling. he argues for the family as a unit and not “families” as does the leftist. finally he argues for traditional marriage.

all of that makes him a true conservative in my book. there is not an ounce of neo-con or libertarianism in this work, imo. the work is a *tour de force* summary of the historical roots of the one-party rule that currently afflicts America. he writes like he’s channeling the tea party and its purposes. he has the leftists of both parties down perfectly.

as far as the country party goes, he worries that it would shred the Constitution as much as the leftists. he has a point. Codevilla correctly argues that jerrymandering is a leftist tool of both parties to subvert republican government as invisioned by the founders. i’ve seen people here on FR advocating the same jerrymandering to enhance republican party rule.

i can’t resist some great quotes from such a long piece:

“Eventually, pretending forcibly that valueless things have value dilutes the currency’s value for all.”

—everything the leftists in both parties do, attacks the value of the dollar, the accumulated wealth of the civil society.

“...the process by which party has become [snip] important began with the Supreme Court’s 1962 decision in Baker v. Carr which, by setting the single standard “one man, one vote” for congressional districts, ended up legalizing the practice of “gerrymandering,” concentrating the opposition party’s voters into as few districts as possible while placing one’s own voters into as many as possible likely to yield victories. Republican and Democratic state legislatures have gerrymandered for a half century. That is why today’s Congress consists more and more of persons who represent their respective party establishments...”

this is the bedrock of the power that keeps leftists like boehner, cantor and mccarthy in power over conservatives from conservative power bases in the south. yes jerrymandering is wrong, and harmful to representative government.


13 posted on 03/27/2013 12:38:26 AM PDT by dadfly
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read later ping


14 posted on 03/27/2013 2:33:10 AM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: robowombat

Ferlater


15 posted on 03/27/2013 4:49:33 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningful to say)
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To: robowombat

Very well thought out.

The “country party” is nearly out of options, realizing it needs to arm itself, while The ruling party, disguised as the DHS, is trying to stop them. I think the ruling party figured out there is going to be a fight before we did.


16 posted on 03/27/2013 6:33:54 AM PDT by ryan71 (The republican party is dead to me. Dead. Don't bother trying to revive it.)
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To: robowombat

Good find.

The article skins the elitist Washington beast and exposes the bones of the monster and its connective tissues for all to see.


17 posted on 03/27/2013 6:38:16 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: robowombat

bkmk


18 posted on 03/27/2013 7:38:12 AM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: potlatch; PhilDragoo; bitt

Excellent analysis and historical record.


19 posted on 03/27/2013 8:02:47 AM PDT by ntnychik
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To: dadfly
Here's the money quote:

"...while most Americans pray to the God “who created and doth sustain us,” our ruling class prays to itself as 'saviors of the planet' and improvers of humanity."

Monsters - all of them. Mass-murdering monsters.

20 posted on 03/27/2013 8:30:22 AM PDT by Noumenon (One individual with courage, determination and a rifle can change the course of history.)
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To: DuncanWaring

An old article but a significant one. Here’s the real ‘conspiracy’ for all the conspiracy nuts. Codevilla speaks a truth that few can be bothered to hear. Especially in light of Quigley’s work.


21 posted on 03/27/2013 8:58:14 AM PDT by Noumenon (One individual with courage, determination and a rifle can change the course of history.)
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To: Noumenon

Amen brother.


22 posted on 03/27/2013 11:06:42 AM PDT by dadfly
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To: Noumenon
...our ruling class prays to itself as 'saviors of the planet' and improvers of humanity."

If anyone's looking for a definition of "progressive" in the political context, there ya go.

23 posted on 03/27/2013 11:23:36 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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