One of the many things Republican teabaggers like to call liberals and progressives is elitist. In fact, the term is so common, if you watch Fox News Channel (Im not sure why youd want to) it seems the two terms are permanently wed Liberal Elitist.
Now, I may be slow, but I cant for the life of me think why the two terms should ever be used in the same sentence, let alone as a description of progressives. It would seem that the nitwits on Fox and Republican teabaggers have never consulted a dictionary. To wit:
Elitism is defined as: 1 – Belief in the concept of superiority. The belief that some people or things are inherently superior to others and deserve preeminence, preferential treatment, or higher rewards because of their superiority.
2 – Belief in control by a small group. The belief that government or control should be in the hands of a small group of privileged, wealthy, or intelligent people, or the active promotion of such a system.
Now lets examine the policies of the two parties. Democrats believe in fighting for the middle and lower economic classes. They support small business, organized labor, civil rights and fair wages for working people. That doesnt quite meet the definition of elitism, does it?
Republicans, on the other hand, believe in fighting for the wealthy and large corporations. For more than 40 years, theyve been trying to break labor unions. They have also succeeded in transferring much of the nations wealth upward to the uber rich. In other words, Republicans believe in the inherent superiority of the privileged and the wealthy.
So how do Republicans get away with perpetuating this falsehood? They restate their goals in populist terms to make people think they will benefit, too. They bundle their ideas in ways that create fear and anger. And they simply repeat their lies until enough people think theyre true.