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Old 09-05-2008   #1
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The GOP Assault on “Elitism”

One of the greatest absurdities in the current “political debate” being offered by Republicans is their nearly unanimous assault on “elitism.” Amazingly, they seem to be telling us to embrace mediocrity.

Liberal Media Elite, Washington Political Elite, Intellectual Elite… these are all labels that sneering Republican talking heads have openly disparaged and applied to their opponents, real or imagined. They want the American people to believe that they are just “regular Joes” and “hockey moms” who can better relate to the everyday challenges that we all face.

When you have a medical problem, do you choose a doctor because he/she is someone you’d like to have a beer with? Of course not. You choose a doctor based on their education and skills. When you build a home, do you hire an architect or engineer simply because they’re “likable”? No, you choose them because of the technical skills. When you hire an attorney, do you do so because they seem like a “nice guy”? Nope, you hire a shark to represent your interests in court. When you want information, do you trust a journalist who knows as much as you do? No, you seek an information source who knows more than you do. When you go to school, do you choose a teacher who knows as much as you do? Of course not, not if you truly want to learn something new.

After the last eight disastrous years of Bush/Cheney, one would hope that American voters have seen the folly of voting for a presidential candidate who is “one of us". We all hire specialists (dare I say “elitists”) to handle jobs that are beyond our own capabilities. Why then would we believe the cynical Republican hacks who rail against the “elite”?

Hiring a president to direct our nation out of this gigantic morass requires the services of an elitist. A “regular Joe” just isn’t up to the task. It’s too big and too complex for a person of average abilities. John McCain, while a person of grit and determination, isn’t exactly an intellectual giant, nor is his vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Simply put, they lack the intellectual curiosity and critical thinking ability that this nation so desperately needs in our next president. They may seem like people we’d like to have a beer with, but we’re not hiring drinking partners.

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Exposing the media elite!

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Its pretty ironic given mccain has 7 houses and his wife is worth billions. Anyone running for pres is most likely going to have/need lots of $ including dems.

from American Heritage Dictionary

elite A group or class of persons or a member of such a group or class, enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status.
So maybe Obama is more intellectually elite but McBush is more economically elite?
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There was an interesting article in Money magazine during the primaries which estimated each of the candidates net worth. Obama was worth about $1 Mil, the least of all the candidates. Before I even did any research on views, etc, this won my vote. In politics, less $ = less favors owed.

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We all hire specialists (dare I say “elitists”)
Two very different things. Specialist implies they are good at something or have a high amount of knowledge on a subject. Elitism implies that the person thinks they are better than others, whether this claim is substantiated or not. Much like you could deem Country Club members as elitists if they look down on people who cannot afford to join.

dictionary results for: Specialist Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share Thisspe·cial·ist /ˈspɛʃəlɪst/Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[spesh-uh-list]Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation–noun 1.a person who devotes himself or herself to one subject or to one particular branch of a subject or pursuit. 2.a medical practitioner who devotes attention to a particular class of diseases, patients, etc.

dictionary results for: elitist Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share Thise·lit·ism /ɪˈlitɪzəm, eɪˈli-/Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[i-lee-tiz-uhm, ey-lee-]Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation–noun 1.practice of or belief in rule by an elite. 2.consciousness of or pride in belonging to a select or favored group.
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