Country Club Democrats
Once upon the time there were the Country Club Republicans. The monied old boy network of the right prep schools, ivy league universities followed by employment in the toniest of banks, brokerages and law firms. And, membership in the right country clubs. It could be pernicious since there were many practices of exclusion of those not WASP-ish enough from participation in the above venue. This was back when Protestant meant something more than a transitional state to some “higher” spritial enlightment such as Gaia or Islam. Even from the opportunity to buy a home in certain neighborhoods or communities was limited by “quota or point system dependent on your overall WASP bona fides. And, this is above and beyond discrimination pointed at blacks.
I remember my mother telling me about an aquaitance that couldn’t find a home in the Chicago north shore suburbs because her name was mistaken to be Jewish. I remember my childhood peditrician relating how lucky he was getting past the Jewish quota to get into medical school.
But, as pernicious as these things were, they were largely private sector affairs that had not the force of law (unlike Jim Crow) and, thanks to individual freedom, easily overcome within a generation or two. There arose all sorts of mutual self-help organizations. The founding of new medical schools and hospitals to specifically overcome such things as Jewish quotas. And, there was just opportunity to amass wealth that would simply drown out WASP enclaves of privilege by creating all sorts of parallel universes.
But, now there’s a new country club and its called socialism. What makes it particularly pernicious is that this has the force of law to enforce membership. Socialism is merely the social ossification of royalty; just covered in the thin veneer of egalitarianism. These country club Democrats are all very wealthy individuals, some so because of the unbroken prosperity of Reagan’s economic boom. But, they know that they made it by upsetting the status quo. In fact, every American fortune was made exactly that way. Moreover, every American fortune shares the common dominator of bringing to the common man what was once reserved for the wealthy and privileged. The bi-costal elite is populated with these types of individuals. People who made it big and now are supporting a party that is diametrically opposed to the concept of wealth creation.
But, these same said plutocrats, want to shut the door behind them now that they made it. Now that they rabble-roused their way to the top, they want to make sure that no one will do to them what they did to arrive at the top. They, the once icky Joe-the-Plumbers, want to insure that there will be no future Joe-the-Plumbers joining them at their tony country clubs.
What to do? Destroy the path that led them to success. Nancy Pelosi’s 90% AIG tax is indeed a stalking horse. This tax’s real purpose is to establish a method to cap economic attainment and success. She and her elites can determine what each American may ultimately possess and how high they may rise. And, hold the ability to determine who may so rise. Pelosi, and her fellow travelers in the House and Senate leadership, her fellow traveller in the Oval Office, are all already very wealthy individuals. There taxes scheme miraculously leave their wealth untouched. And, the captains of industry and finance, those who populate the Hamptons’ A-list social register are now seeing their firms bailed-out and their personal wealth largely untouched.
But, any young whippersnapper is going to have his attainments capped at $250,000. Or less. Because you can bet that the need for control will slowly but surely ratchet down that $250,000 because, in reality, Democratic reality, $250,000 is really too rich. And, in this manner, Country Club Socialism, we will have created a de jure system of social stratification that our Declaration of Independence overturned by rejecting the royalist paradigms Europe. It is not the irritation of the nanny state, but this social stratification and ossification that makes this the Europeanization of America pernicious.