"Elite" in political, sociological theory refers to "a small group of powerful people who control a disproportionate amount of wealth,privilege or political power in a society." Since a large portion of Democrats are of lower economic status-teachers, nurses, union supporters, students, laborers, isn't the use of the term when referring to their views as "elitist" totally wrong? When did "knowledgeable," "informed," "well-read" "educated" become to be known as "elite"?My mother died with $3000 in the bank, no property, no assets, yet she could quote Tennyson. Would you call her "elite"?
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very articulate and well-thought out comment that I couldn't disagree with more - especially the Pence part ! The fact that those who represent the lower class, themselves have privilege and money doesn't warrant calling the supporters "elitist".
Calling the so-called lower class supporters elitist definitely isn't the correct terminology. Elitist leaders gain followers who do not understand that they need less government.
RTalloni, Thank you for checking in. However, followers of so-called elitist leaders,no matter what their social class r called elitist. A "gentleman"asked what car I drove. "A Prius". I said. "I hate elitist Prius drivers," as he got into his F150.
The Q asked what I thought of the word elite. If we let name calling bother us we give the name callers power over us. Abe Lincoln: You may say a dog has five legs if you call the tail a leg, but that doesn't make the tail a leg.
pence is the most anti abortion ruler out there, doesnt agree with gay rights, and makes laws accordingly. how is preventing women from a medical procedure, and deciding who has rights or not less gvt control? its religious control-by the gvt!
I'm with you CJ Thank you for your thoughtful comment!
I'd be proud to be called a social justice warrior, yet I worked in a field wanting no rank,no power. We wanted "justice" for our students -rights to have interpreters, a level field for 1st generation, low income, special need students.That's all
TW: Statistics prove the split you mention. They've done a great job of convincing followers that they can't do without government control of their lives. By calling it helping they've made followers dependent.
RT,No I couldn't do w/o the help o my Congress person when a release of liability from our old house didn't happen the day we were to move into the new No I couldn't do w/o the help of govt student loans or VA who housed my mentally ill dad for yrs.
BK: It's important to note that less invasive government is not the same as no government.
Thanks Leslie - I'm there with you!
do yourself a favor...go to propane jane on twitter and read her feed. omg, like the air i breathe!!
Leslie - just went there and followed ! love it! "They're mad that Obama's recovery didn't carve out a special upper Titanic deck specifically for White dudes who are obsessed w/Reaganomics." Plus, they're blaming Obama for the iceberg they created.
white privilege, male privilege....all crashing down.