The following photo has been making the rounds on the Internet:
Barack Obama is a clever fellow who imbibed hatred of America with his mother’s milk, but worked his way up the elite ladder of education and career. He shares the resentment of Muslims against the encroachment of American culture, although not their religion. He has the empathetic skill set of an anthropologist who lives with his subjects, learns their language, and elicits their hopes and fears while remaining at emotional distance. That is, he is the political equivalent of a sociopath. The difference is that he is practicing not on a primitive tribe but on the population of the United States.
To which I’d like to add one thing more.
One of the lessons of growing up in Palm Beach is that American elites look at our country in an entirely different way from the rest of the population. Their idea of patriotism is based on what the country can do for them. Public schools talk about training leaders; elite ones merge the concept of “public service” with serving the interests of the elites. Elites despise America’s populism because it energises the population, which in turn forces the elites to share power. This explains Obama’s appeal to the upper reaches of our society and of his own party.
Hillary Clinton is little better in her attitude but she is a true product of this system, so her message resonates with more “traditional” constituencies (read: older ones.)
I’ve never cared for the choices the Democrats put forth, but this time they’ve outdone themselves.