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Elite Santorum Raves Against Elites

Is there anything more ridiculous than a conservative figure who holds enormous power, wealth and influence talking about those terrible “elites” who are allegedly standing in the way of everything that is good and right and true? Rick Santorum is the latest to do it:

You might be hearing a lot these days about the growing separation of the elites in America from everyone else. About how those at the very top in our country are playing by a different set of rules and have different realities than the millions of working families across America. Well, I agree with this view, and sadly, I see it getting worse by the day. And nowhere is it as bad as what we see happening on Capitol Hill among the congressmen we elect and send off to represent us.

The vast majority of these elected men and women are good, honorable people who set off with nothing but the most genuine motives and desires to represent the interests of their constituents back home. But as we have seen, once they arrive in Washington, something takes hold of them and they lose sight of the kinds of people and sensibilities that sent them there in the first place. They enjoy new perks, new benefits and new comforts that quickly cause them to lose sight of why they are there.

He’s right, of course; those in power generally don’t give a damn about doing the right thing. But a longtime US Senator, a former presidential candidate, a man of enormous wealth and influence, and he’s the one making this claim? The word “irony” was invented for this purpose. But there’s a reason for this, of course. They do this because it makes them sound, to people who are entirely too credulous, like they’re not like those people.

Comments

  1. raven says

    wkipedia:

    Santorum earned $1.3 million in 2010 and the first half of 2011.

    The largest portion of his employment earnings – $332,000 – came from his work as a consultant for industry interest groups, including Consol Energy and American Continental Group. Santorum also earned $395,414 in corporate director’s fees and stock options from Universal Health Services, and $217,385 in income from the Ethics and Public Policy Center think tank.[88][127][128]

    Santorum is one of the christofascist elite.

    He makes more in a few years than the people he is appealing to make in their entire lives. Using his three degrees including a law degree and his connections as a former US senator to lobby for rich corporations, some of which he sits on their board of directors.

  2. raven says

    You might be hearing a lot these days about the growing separation of the elites in America from everyone else. About how those at the very top in our country are playing by a different set of rules and have different realities than the millions of working families across America. Well, I agree with this view, and sadly, I see it getting worse by the day. And nowhere is it as bad as what we see happening on Capitol Hill among the congressmen we elect and send off to represent us.

    Well Satanorum has a point.

    There is a growing separation of economic elites. Income inequality is steadily increasing as the 1% get richer and the rest of us tread water or get poorer. Corporate profits are at record levels.

    And Satanorum serves that elite, the 1% and corporations and makes huge money doing so, ca. a few million USD a year. Working as a lobbyist and corporate director mostly.

  3. lamacher says

    Thucidydes, way back in the 5th C BCE, nailed this one: ” Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power; the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.”

  4. iknklast says

    Ed, you don’t understand! In conservative speak, “elite” doesn’t mean powerful or well-educated, it means someone who doesn’t agree with me. Particularly liberal someones who don’t agree with me. In this case, he is totally not one of the elite, because he agrees with himself (I suppose, anyway. It’s hard to see how anyone could agree with the nonsense that comes out of his mouth, but since my father does, I have to accept that people do).

  5. Doug Little says

    The vast majority of these elected men and women are good, honorable people who set off with nothing but the most genuine motives and desires to represent the interests of their constituents back home.

    Bullshit!

  6. doublereed says

    I thought “Elites” refer to using “science” and “facts.”

    Santorum is a spineless little wuss. People talking like he’s a fascist. He’s not a fascist. He doesn’t have the balls to be a fascist. He’s a wimp.

  7. busterggi says

    I for one am glad to see Republican anti–elitism back! Ever since it was retired so Romney could be the Rep candidate I’ve missed that old-fashioned hatred of intelligence/education/liberal(!!!!!) arts.

  8. iangould says

    “Ed, you don’t understand! In conservative speak, “elite” doesn’t mean powerful or well-educated, it means someone who doesn’t agree with me.”

    Sometimes, but often it just means “The Jews”.

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