George Orwell’s Animal Farm, published in 1946, is an allegorical tale about farm animals that overthrow the rule of the farmer and establish their own political system.  The book is an attack on the hypocrisy of communists.  Although he had socialist leanings earlier in his life, Orwell saw how socialism/communism quickly devolved into dictatorship starting with Lenin to a small degree, then turning full-bore into totalitarianism under Stalin, accompanied by the genocide of millions of Russian people.  One of the most famous quotes from Orwell's book is: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”  In this quote, Orwell is criticizing the hypocrisy of socialism once implemented.  The theory may sound nice on the surface, i.e. the thought that everyone gets an equal share or the guarantee of equal outcomes for all, but it only works in theory and cocktail party conversations.  Every single experiment with communism in history has turned into totalitarianism, and because of its elitist tendencies, even socialism (the watered down cousin of communism) eventually turns into dictatorship with a special privileged class at the top that gets a little bit more than everyone else despite the professed doctrine of equality for all people.

You can even see the elitist tendencies in our American version of socialism under the Democratic Party.  The ruling class of Democratic Party leaders consider themselves “special” and believe that they are above the rules.  If you doubt this statement, you have only to look at the various scandals under Democratic Administrations when they have held the office of President.  They always bristle with indignity when challenged.  Democrats in the Obama administration, are “special,” so they believe they don’t have to abide by the rules like everyone else.  Despite all the rhetoric of equality and equal outcomes, the elitists in the Democratic Party, especially once they hold political office, believe themselves above the rules.  Of course, the Democrats are not alone in this elitist mentality.  There are certainly some Republicans who believe that they are elite and deserve special privileges at the taxpayer’s expense and also believe that they are above the rules.  Remember Richard Nixon?

This belief in elitism, thinking that they are special and are allowed broad latitude and privilege is rampant throughout our elected legislative and executive bodies and all branches and agencies of our governments across this land.  That was the mentality that you saw manifested in the scandal of the profligate GSA official.  Remember the iconic photo of him sitting in a hot tub at Vegas, sipping on champagne, all at the expense of the taxpayers.  And it would not be too hard to find several other examples such as Hillary’s indignant bristling at being questioned over Benghazi:  “What difference does it make?” she snapped impatiently.  Reading between the lines and judging by her tone of voice, most people came to the conclusion that she felt she was above having to answer such questions because she is part of the elite ruling class, so who do these people think they are to question “Her Excellency.”  But this attitude is not just confined to Washington D.C.   Moreover, this elitism includes the inordinate trust in the “experts”  as opposed to the wisdom of the American people or just the average Joe or Jill.  This is why they believe they must come up with all sorts of solutions to our problems even when we don't believe we have a problem and even when we don’t want their help.  Their elitist snobbery makes them look down their noses at average people like you and me because they believe we are ignorant sheep and don’t know what’s best for ourselves and our loved ones.   

We will finish on this tomorrow.  In the meantime, may “The Lord bless you and keep you;  The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;  The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26)

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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