Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Tea Party Movement: David Brooks has seen the future and it does not include him

Faux conservative New York Times scribbler David Brooks sees the decade dominated by The Tea Party movement.  Brooks in true snobby fashion describes the movement as a rebellion against “the educated class”:
The public is not only shifting from left to right. Every single idea associated with the educated class has grown more unpopular over the past year.
The educated class believes in global warming, so public skepticism about global warming is on the rise. The educated class supports abortion rights, so public opinion is shifting against them. The educated class supports gun control, so opposition to gun control is mounting.
The story is the same in foreign affairs. The educated class is internationalist, so isolationist sentiment is now at an all-time high, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The educated class believes in multilateral action, so the number of Americans who believe we should “go our own way” has risen sharply.
What Brooks doesn’t realize or refuses to admit, s the complete failing of the so-called "educated class". Look at global warming. Climategate leaves serious questions about the integrity of both the climate scientists and their data, yet the “educated class” flocks to Copenhagen to waste billions without every pausing to say, "hey maybe we ought to take a second look at this".

The “educated class” of both sides of the aisle have been running Washington for decades and just look at what the result has been: astronomical deficits, reckless spending, ineffective security measures, and an energy policy that leaves us at the mercy of our enemies. How is the common man supposed to have any faith in a track record like that?

People are starting to realize that what is sorely missing in government by the "educated class" is a healthy dose of common sense.  Whether it is dealing with the economy, health care or terrorism, common senses is absent in all of Washington’s decisions. Instead, it is the talking points of special interests groups and politicians’ own self interests masquerading as enlighten thought that is driving Washington’s decisions. This is what the people are waking up to and starting to reject. 

Brooks is right, the Tea Party will be the future.  They will elect people who realize what the true driving force of Washington is and they will work against it. The Tea Party will usher in a new area of common sense and sham intellectuals like David Brooks need not apply.


The Conservative Lady said...

Absolutely wonderful post. These elitists have ruined our country. Common sense policies are what we need. Have you noticed Sarah Palin speaks of "common sense solutions" quite often since she's been on the road with her book?

Neo said...

The public is not only shifting from left to right. Every single idea associated with the educated class has grown more unpopular over the past year.
The tea party movement is a large, fractious confederation of Americans who are defined by what they are against. They are against the concentrated power of the educated class. They believe big government, big business, big media and the affluent professionals are merging to form self-serving oligarchy — with bloated government, unsustainable deficits, high taxes and intrusive regulation.

Let me lend David Brooks a clue .. Bernie Madoff .. not a single member of the "Tea Party" movement gave money to Bernie Madoff to invest. Now tell me who are the gullible ones ? Obviously "educated" doesn't mean "smart."

Anonymous said...

Just as intelligence doesn't equate to wisdom, educated doesnt equated to knowledgable. I'm a part of those "educated" ones and I can tell you those of "higher" education not only lack common sense which is bad enough, but as a mathematician they lack something else that's just as critical: logic. The "educated" class doesn't believe in logic, critical thinking, or even open debate. Everything is based on emotional appeal, how things "feel" and total irrationality. His statement on "Abortion Rights". Most of the students I knew weren't fans of Abortion but fear tyranny if such a liberty was infridged on. Now we have Obama's Deathcare on the table and Abortion is the big fight among the left.

What worries me that anything based on evidence and logically and symtamatically following that evidence is voided as fool's gold. It's all about feelings and how the left defines how those feelings should be. I remember how I stirred up a near riot in a philosphy class about how education isn't worth the paper it's written one when what you're being educated on is evil or downright ignorant because Nazi Germany had the most educated society on the planet at the time and look at how things turned out for them. I was viewed as an idiot and fool and the fact Germany was the way it was showed how "UNEDUCATED" they really were. Well, what were they educated about: anti-semitism, racism, idol worship, immorality (don't get them started on that) in the sense some people lives were worth less than others including the handicapped, homosexuals, Jews, Gypsies and Slovs. In otherwords, moral relativism which is the "truth" that educated class worships today. This isn't sounding too far off from what we hear from the left today. Given what the "Educated" class thinks and believes as of this time, it's a GOOD things people are replused by it. The educated class seems to believe and sympathize with evil while the "ignorant" class doesn't and this guy doesn't get it. Most frightening indeed.

Spinsterpov said...

those who opposed the ratification of the Constitution feared that it would create an aristocracy within our nation. It turns out that they were a bit prophetic. The aristocracy appears to be the "educated class".

What I love is the implication that those of us who disagree must be uneducated. Not a save assumption at all and a perfect example of exactly why we're kicking the educated class to the curb.

Anonymous said...

"The educated class"? Weren't they "the best and the brightest" about 40 years ago? Some of the best lessons I have learned in life have not been from the educated class, but from the blue collared with common sense.

Clifton B said...


Thanks. Oh I have most certainly noticed that Sarah's solutions are loaded with common sense. She thinks like the masses. This is why the left slamming her intelligence is so counter intuitive.

Clifton B said...


Excellent observation! I was always amazed how so many of the "bright people" fell hook, line and sinker for Madoff's scam.

Clifton B said...


You have hit upon the crux of the problem with the "educated class". Because of the constraints of political correctness they are locked into an emotional circle jerk of second hand knowledge. They accept these emotionally based arguments as givens. The problem is these givens have never been proven. It isn't until reality dishes out a harsh lesson that new thought is allowed to enter the discussion. Until that time comes, the "educated class" simply goes on believing whatever bullshit they believe oblivious to all the clue around them that says otherwise. We see it in thinking on the economy, race, terror and even the 2010 elections.

Clifton B said...


Oh yeah, we have an aristocracy. The aristocracy of the half wit Ivy Leaguer. When one actually reads the Constitution, you find that our Founding Fathers never set any educational requirements for any of the positions. The big lie today is that you must possess an Ivy League school degree to hold office. Nothing could be further from the truth. Especially when you look at some of the slobbering half wits hiding behind Ivy League degrees who occupy Congress, you know the common man can do as good if not better.

Clifton B said...


You are right the "best and the brightest" bunch are the same ding dongs we have today just hiding behind a different name. The reason why your best lessons came from blue collar common men is because their experience is based on years of tradition and real world experience, not academic thought based on second hand knowledge.

Clifton B said...


Basically what you are describing is what Tom Sowell wrote in Visions of the Anointed and the competing two world visions.

Chris Denning said...

Educated? Where? In the public school system where they are the most manipulated and indoctrinated generation ever. Worldview is right, Clifton, and the public schools have become a rogue institution answerable to no one but the insufferable "experts" who rule them. Each textbook is manipulated by a committee of politically correct anonymous elites who avoid printing anything but what matches their agenda. And the result is a generation of mush headed people who buy into that agenda without question. That is why a ridiculous amount of people still support the President and his minions.

JohnFLob said...

I for one am thankful not to be in the 'educated class'. Being uneducated has prevented inflexible tunnel vision. Using just basic academic skills coupled with common sense I have had a productive and rewarding life. Application of these basic skills has enabled me to remain flexible and able to adapt to changing situations (even yearly fluctuations in weather).

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