They confidently crow that most of the astuteness relegated to mankind was bestowed upon them. Yet why is it that the inferior plebeians don’t simply vote as their intellectual and moral superiors dictate?
The latest to bemoan the inherent unfairness of the democratic processes are posh and posh-wannabe Brits. Along with European high priests of multiculturalism (and their better-than-their-lessers cronies everywhere) they had just been awfully gobsmacked to learn that they lost the referendum on the UK’s continued stay in the EU.
We won’t get into the nitty-gritty of the actual issues. It’s a matter for Brits and we aren’t Brits. But what is so striking is the conceit of the smug elites who had already put their champagne bottles in their chic ice buckets only to discover that the disdainful masses had deprived them of the pleasure of a stylish celebration…
That’s when the sour grapes replaced the cool bubbly. That’s when bucket-fulls of pent-up frustration and scorn was poured on the commoners who dared not see the light from establishment bastions, not be impressed by the unfailingly shrewd analyses of spot-on (so they say) talking-heads, not be disheartened by predictable pollsters and not be humbly swayed by the in-crowd’s obligatory zeitgeist.
The sore-loser backlash is by no means a new phenomenon, though the social media and cyber-chatter amplify it as never before. We in Israel know it all too well. Just pre-Election Day last year, our detached Left was sure it had wrested control of the government back from the backward people. Agreeable pollsters and court commentators celebrated prematurely right along with the trendy ones.
If anything, Israel’s aloof Left has long enjoyed the vociferous support of like-minded allies the world over. Please click on the link below to access the column I wrote in October 2010 on precisely this arrogance. The haughtiness then was served up, significantly enough, by Bill Clinton – who’s now busy fielding Mrs. Clinton for another Clinton White House stint.
The Clintons are poster children (age and wrinkles notwithstanding) for the conceited enlightened ones who appoint themselves as condescending guides for the benighted commoners.
Read my column – Another Tack: Clinton’s KuBa conceit – to take in what Clinton told Israelis not too many years ago, be reminded and apply Bertolt Brecht’s 20th century recommendation to the Clintonesque gibberish that, alas, still proliferates today.