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Ten years ago, in the runup to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, candidate Barack Obama let slip his opinion of America’s working class voters: “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
His opponent, Hillary Clinton waxed into melodramatic indignation. “I was taken aback by the demeaning remarks Senator Obama made about people in small-town America,” she said. “His remarks are elitist and out of touch.”
But as Democrat presidential nominee in 2016, Clinton had not only come around to Obama’s point of view, she dutifully proclaimed it with a statement that may have helped sink her candidacy: “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” Clinton said. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it.”
The architect of Obamacare, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, showed the sheer contempt the progressive elites have for the American people in his remarks on the admittedly intentionally deceptive campaign he ran to impose the Obamacare fiasco. He explained with pride the Obama Administration’s campaign of massive deceit of: “The lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” and that “the stupidity of the American voter . . . was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”
Looking back as the sand castles of Obama’s “legacy” of temporary executive orders crumble in the face of the torrent of the pen, phone, and legislation of workaholic Donald Trump, Obama had second thoughts: “Maybe we pushed too far,” Obama said. “Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early.”
It’s a good question. And America is in the process of answering it. Will the elites win in the end, or did their arrogance and contempt for the American electorate begin the slow process of ending their infestation of “the commanding heights” of powerful institutions of government, the nonprofits, academia and the media?
Futurist Arthur C. Clarke’s most highly praised novel, published in 1953, was called Childhood’s End. Clarke was one of the first to posit a future in which the extraterrestrial aliens finally showed up. His alien “Overlords” were all-powerful, but appeared wise and compassionate and determined to help those on Earth unite with some peaceful multiglobal universal order they claimed would benefit all.
The Overlords carefully remained out of earthly affairs, except to stop conflicts and offer cures to diseases and valuable technology that created an age of global prosperity. Most humans forgot about them and went on with their lives. The Overlords only communicated through the Secretary General of the United Nations and stated they would not deal directly with the human race for another 50 years.
But as time passed, the creativity, vigor, and intelligence of the human race was radically diminished. Children increasingly appeared to be transforming into another species entirely. And it became clear the Overlords served some Universal Overmind that had found the human race and its world extraneous to its higher purpose. They were doomed.
If we look what is happening to the young in America today, we can see something similar. Journalist Salena Zito recently took her class of young transitioning aliens from Harvard to boldly go where no classmates had gone before—on a trip to parts of the “red” United States that were as foreign to them as Outer Mongolia. What were they learning at Harvard? “They admitted they had been fed a steady diet of stereotypes about small towns and their folk: ‘backwards,’ ‘no longer useful,’ ‘un- or under-educated,’ ‘angry and filled with a trace of bigotry’ were all phrases that came up,” she wrote in the New York Post.
But despite Zito’s efforts, 62 percent of Harvard’s class of 2018 is moving to the Blue State Littoral Progressive Paradise: New York, Massachusetts, California and D.C., another almost 10 percent overseas. That’s almost 75 percent. Forty years ago Harvard grad John LeBoutillier published a controversial book named, Harvard Hates America. As Harvard and other elite schools have transitioned from educational institutions to Progressive reeducation centers, there is nothing controversial about LeBoutillier’s concept today.
Today, Americans are trying to separate their consideration of an investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election from what increasingly looks like the wreckage of a failed coup against the election and office of the current president. And the signs of a confrontation across barricades between Americans and their self-appointed Overlords is revealed daily in the transcripts and testimony of the participants in congressional hearings and inquiries.
When Peter Strzok finally gave his long-awaited closed door congressional testimony, he was accompanied by three FBI lawyers to make certain he answered none of the questions the Department of Justice wished to consider “sensitive and classified,” whatever Congress might think. This turned out to be the majority of the important questions he was asked.
A day later in his own testimony, a smirking Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, representing what might be most appropriately called the Department of Obstruction of Justice, huffily protested the indignities of congressional oversight. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and other congressional interrogators had reminded Rosenstein that not only had requested documents not been produced, key documents had also contained evasive omissions and redactions, no matter how many pages had been sent over. “Why are you keeping information from Congress?” Jordan asked.
But Rosenstein was taking responsibility for nothing. “I am the deputy attorney general of the United States. OK? I’m not the person doing the redacting.”
“You’re the boss,” admonished Jordan.
“He works for you, doesn’t work for us,” Jordan reminded Rosenstein, who had claimed no responsibility for Strzok’s evasions under Justice Department counsel, either.
“One-hundred-and-fifteen-thousand people work for me,” Rosenstein replied, making abundantly clear that while his Justice Department mob may not be helping Congress to its satisfaction in reviewing critical documents in question, it was doing so very much to his.
Overlords like Rosenstein feel perfectly comfortable waiting out the momentary passions of congressional sheep who are unwilling to use their power. Their goal is excruciating delay to prevent any external understanding that might be dangerous to the power of the institutions they control. They thwart any attempt to impose constitutional controls on the agencies they choose to see, against all law and precedent, as “independent.” After all, the “arc of history” bends towards the “fundamental transformation” of America. And the architect of that transformation, Barack Obama, was also the architect of the clearing of Hillary and the surveillance and hounding of Trump and his campaign by the Department of Justice, FBI and the Intelligence Community. President Trump may call it a “witch hunt,” but it is still underway, almost two years into his administration, with the outcome undecided.
To progressives, a “restoration” of the authentic rule by the Overlords is tantalizingly close. And they are as intent as Bonapartists or Jacobites on that restoration—by any means possible. The only election they regard as legitimate is one with an outcome they can accept. As the corpse-faced chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Thomas Perez, just reminded everyone in introducing Obama at a Beverly Hills fundraiser, “Let’s give it up for the real president of the United States.”