America’s Ruling Class – And the perils of Revolution, Part 5
By Angelo M. Codevilla from the July 2010-August 2010 Issue of the American Spectator
The Agenda: Power
Our ruling class’s agenda is power for itself. While it stakes its claim through intellectual-moral pretense, it holds power by one of the oldest and most prosaic of means: patronage and promises thereof. Like left-wing parties always and everywhere, it is a “machine,” that is, based on providing tangible rewards to its members. Such parties often provide rank-and-file activists with modest livelihoods and enhance mightily the upper levels’ wealth. Because this is so, whatever else such parties might accomplish, they must feed the machine by transferring money or jobs or privileges—civic as well as economic—to the party’s clients, directly or indirectly. This, incidentally, is close to Aristotle’s view of democracy. Hence our ruling class’s standard approach to any and all matters, its solution to any and all problems, is to increase the power of the government—meaning of those who run it, meaning themselves, to profit those who pay with political support for privileged jobs, contracts, etc. Hence more power for the ruling class has been our ruling class’s solution not just for economic downturns and social ills but also for hurricanes and tornadoes, global cooling and global warming. A priori, one might wonder whether enriching and empowering individuals of a certain kind can make Americans kinder and gentler, much less control the weather. But there can be no doubt that such power and money makes Americans ever more dependent on those who wield it. Let us now look at what this means in our time.
This does not shed any light on anything for me, it merely confirms what I already know. All these green projects… like the new power saver light bulbs that they wanted to mandate you to put in your homes? Those are an environmental safety hazard if they ever break. Have you done any research in what happens when one of those bulbs break? It is a extreme deadly hazard that I don’t think you are quite aware of. You cannot use a vacuum cleaner to clean it up. The EPA needs to be called. For all of those gripers about petroleum-based engines in our cars: those batteries in your electric and hybrid cars leave just as big of a carbon footprint if not larger… You’ve been brainwashed folks. Do your own research. Be informed, and don’t be so quick to jump on a band wagon. What is the old saying? Look before you leap… ?