The danger of elitism

I missed the first one, but caught the second via Ed Morrissey this afternoon and found the first.  Both are worthy watching for a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Bill Whittle’s explanation of elitism fits Murkowski, Crist, and Specter like a kid glove.  It recalls Codevilla‘s first tenet of elitism:

Its first tenet is that “we” are the best and brightest while the rest of Americans are retrograde, racist, and dysfunctional unless properly constrained. How did this replace the Founding generation’s paradigm that “all men are created equal”?

The “dysfunctional” primary voters in Alaska, Florida, and Pennsylvania who voted to replace their incumbents received a cold lesson from the elite ruling class: you do not decide our fates with a simple vote.  Obviously, more constraint becomes necessary as the minions revolt, no?  Ed Morrissey agrees:

It makes no difference if the elites attended Harvard, Yale, Princeton, or Cal State Fullerton.  It is fundamentally anti-democratic, as it negates the entire idea that an individual can govern himself, and should govern himself.  If the prevailing assumption is that individuals cannot govern themselves individually, it’s a very short hop to the notion that a group of individuals cannot be relied upon to choose their own political leadership, either.

Therein lies the danger of a Murky, Orangina, or Benedict Arlen: when elites see their own political destinies as a greater cause than the will of the people, we’re in trouble.

(But I can see November from my house.)

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