A phrase, one I’ve frequently heard in the media and public discourse is, "The Ruling Political Class in America."
That description is, at best, unsettling.
Who coined this term and how dare they use it for America, a "Republic if you can keep it," as Ben Franklin famously declared; one in which we democratically elect officials holding our designated highest offices?
When I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, those holding office in our legislative and executive branches, were commonly referred to as "public servants."
Thus, if you went into government or politics it was because you wanted to be a public servant, that is, serving the American public and our (then) hallowed institutions.
However, since the early 1990s, it seems that we have gradually shifted this mindset towards thinking of our public officials (or "servants") as "The Ruling Policial Class."
This phrase may well have its origins in the Clinton era, then into the Bush dynastic era and through to the Obama years.
During that mere quarter century we have seen this seismic shift as to how we are collectively subtly encouraged to view our elected officials.
This shift corresponds with a commensurate abuse of power, entrenched corruption piled upon co-optation of the industrial media-academia complex.
Translation? People who once were public servants conveniently shed that mantle for the much glitzier one of "The Ruling Political Class."
As we march (domestically and globally?) towards an ever more socialist forms of government, this shift in how the mantle of power is worn, is to be expected.
Socialism is nothing more than an aristocratic form of power but with a different name.
Robert Breedlove explains this top-down form of government, socialism, here: (Beginning at 35:27 on the YouTube video) clearly as it compares with the bottom up, essentially democratic form of government, free market capitalism. (See also this video).
As someone who is very familiar with how France is run, and to what extent it has embraced socialism, this writer can personally attest to the fact that this type of socialist government has been so thoroughly embraced precisely because of the country’s centuries of aristocratic rule.
One ruling class was just switched out for another, the famous French Revolution, followed by its Reign of Terror, notwithstanding. The "other" being the handful of bureaucrats who run the show, some who are democratically elected and many who are not.
It reminds me of an excerpt of an old interview by author Toni Morrison (1931-2019) I recently heard on the radio.
A brilliant Nobel prize-winner, she noted to her interviewer that when she was growing up, people were commonly referred to as "American citizens" this, and "American citizens" that.
Then it shifted to the "American consumer" this and the "American consumer" that.
And now the afore-described descriptors are "American taxpayer."
So, what’s in a name? Frequently and quite significantly, a great deal.
If not everything, was Morrison’s implication.
As early voting starts in this 2020 election, I hope — and pray — that we as American citizens will cast our votes for our public servants.
In fact, I would qualify that as a necessary characteristic for anyone who would continue their candidacy or step up for an election, that they truly be public servants and not simply power-grabbing wannabe members of the so-called Ruling Political Class.
Because, if truth be told, there is no place for a Ruling Political Class in America.
There is room only for democratically elected public servants and a truly free people.
Paige Donner has contributed to Newsmax since 2018. She's a media expert, commentator, novelist, and serial entrepreneur. She founded the company, Paris Food And Wine in 2013. In 2018, she founded IoTShipping, a supply chain logistics startup that uses the Internet of Things (IoT) for precision traceability of shipped goods. Paige began her journalism career in Paris, France in 1990. Her first job out of university was with Time-Life's rue Fbg. St. Honore offices. Within the next two years, she took freelancing work as a copy editor for the International Herald Tribune, now re-branded the International New York Times, as well as writing assignments for Variety — the film and television trade magazine. Paige has also clerked for the Senate President of the Hawaii State Legislature. A filmmaker, she has written several television pilots as well as directed television commercials and film shorts. She also contributed to American Cinematographer, the Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, Huffpost, and a film production trade magazine, Below The Line. As of 2010, Paige has again made Paris, France her home. She has also written for the International New York Times. Since 2013, she has been the sole regular local editor/photographer contributor based in Paris, France for USA Today. Read Paige Donner's Reports — More Here.
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