I have seen the face of elitism on the right, and it is John Batchelor.
In the PJTV segment linked, John Batchelor has a point: the egalitarian mindset is at odds with the elitist mindset. The modern GOP elitist mindset is as wrong now as when the Founding Fathers rejected The British Parliament's elitist mindset.
"I'm not going to pretend there is anything genuine about [the Tea Party Movement].Anything, Mr. Batchelor? Anything? I've attended three Tea Parties in the greater DC area.
This is about people putting their faces on TV."
The media are sparse, except insofar as they're cherry-picking shots for blatant propaganda pieces. Typically, when someone builds an arugment around an absolute assertion such as "there is nothing genuine about the Tea Party Movement" my first reaction is that this is not in fact a dialogue or anything resembling an attempt to discuss a point. It's a rant.
The wife wandered by while I viewed the clip:
Mrs. Porch Manqué: "Is this parody?"
Porch Manqué: "This is self-parody."
Mr. Batchelor says at one point: "The chief idea of the party is liberty." And yet, you've conveniently labeled reasonably orderly, if raucus and spirited, dissent as "anarchy". Mr. Batchelor, how can you even play the anarchy card? All of the violence of which I'm aware has been carried out by those who oppose Tea Party Movement and its noble goals.
Mr. Batchelor on future voices of the GOP: "Right now, if I know their names, they're not the furture leaders."
Based upon the content of this clip, Mr. Batchelor, anyone you endorse is probably going to be a tool, a tool's tool, a machine tool for producing new tools. So my advice to you, Mr. Batchelor, is that your influence is best enhanced by endorsing everyone else, so that the sewage of your condescension doesn't become a stench overwhelming the aroma of your candidate.
Mr. Batchelor: "GOP is Confederacy-lite"
Get bent, John. I was just out on the Oregon coast at a family reunion. The people, while insufficiently loquacious and, no doubt, lacking the educational credentials from the 'proper' schools to show up on your radar, are pissed. And I don't mean that in a jolly, drunken British English sense. No, I mean a traditional, smelling a scam when confronted thereby, tired of having their good nature impinged pissed.
The Tea Party Movement is "We the People," irrespective of State. Your attempt at dismissive regionalism is wildly inaccurate at best. Let me attribute it to your elitism and ignorance, as opposed to wondering aloud who funds you.
"Liberty requires order, and decency, and respect. Acting out, throwing signs out, getting thrown out of meetings, or making loud speeches to the television camera is not about liberty."Let me translate: "Only I give good theater."
More importantly, who persuaded you that you are an arbiter of First Amendment employment? "To every thing there is a season," as somebody with a far greater reputation for wisdom than you once said. Every single bit of expression counts, sir. And the less constrained that expression is by elitists packing their own agendas, the better.
Restated, there is a tradeoff between efficiency and authenticity. Sure, the hand-made signs, malapropisms, and lack of coordination make you wince a bit. You'd like to give everyone a three hour course in Montesquieu before they get in front of a camera.
The Colonial Army would have also looked a pile of ass on the parade field, compared to the Redcoats.
Mr. Batchelor: "Future is about Republican party is about maintaining order and having ideas that connect with the American people."
If you mean the Rule of Law, such as it obtains under Eric Holder's Department of What?, then I can follow you. But I sense, based upon tone and content, that you may be referring to the permanent political class that has sprung up in the last century.
"One Graph to Rule them All," the Jacksoninan Party link says, combining Tolkein and something the Founding Fathers feared, and tried to engineer out of the Constitution (of which word you seem as aware as Jim Moran, I note). Are you little snobs growing fearful, not so much for your physical safety, but that a private citizen with a FaceBook page can pull back the curtain and reveal how lame you are without the megaphone?
Consider this, Mr. Batchelor. This is the Information Age. More people are tuning in, finding information, thinking independetly of your ilk, and forming the conclusion that We Don't Need You. Nautically speaking, you are a sailmaker. We are amidst a sea change away from being powered by your wind. Your sails pitch is falling flat. We will give you the shaft, and your boat will be screwed. And "We the People" will navigate away from the shoals of tyranny.
PS: As a measure of decency and restraint, I decided not to embed an abstract portrait of you. Some day you will thank me for this. I'm waiting.
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