Examiner Editorial: Two Americas: Elitists versus the rest of us 

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards twice ran unsuccessfully for president on a platform based on his contention that there are “two Americas — the America of the privileged and the wealthy, and the America of those who live from paycheck to paycheck.”

Edwards was right that there are two Americas, but he missed completely on who resides where and why. One America is that of the liberal political elite that currently controls the White House and solid majorities in Congress, and dominates the traditional media, academia and public intellectual ranks. The other America is the rest of us who are expected to shut up and do as we are told by the first America.

What is most worrisome here are the elitists’ blatantly anti-democratic attitudes and authoritarian impulses. Three examples have been on raw displaythis week — by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and James Lovelock, the British scientist who is revered by global warming crusaders.

Waxman threw a fit when a half-dozen major corporations announced the first of a coming flood of downward revisions to projected profits due to Obamacare, the exceedingly unpopular health care measure that the California congressman co-sponsored in the House. So he angrily scheduled a public grilling of the guilty executives and demanded that they provide, in advance, copies of all internal documents, including e-mails, that explain and justify their decisions. It was exactly the kind of unrestricted “fishing expedition” demand for documents — many containing privileged commercial information — that Waxman routinely condemned as an abuse of power when Republicans controlled Congress.

Lesson: Elitists hate limits on their power.

Jackson is the agency head who told Congress last year that if it didn’t pass a cap-and-trade bill to regulate greenhouse gases, her agency would regulate them unilaterally. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Ark., said Monday that when she submitted a list of detailed questions to Jackson last month about how that would be done, the EPA head “refused to answer even the most basic questions about how many stationary sources will be regulated, when those sources will be regulated, what technologies will be mandated for compliance, and how much the regulations will cost.”

Lesson: Elitists disdain explaining their actions.

Then there is Lovelock, who told The Guardian newspaper in Britain that growing public skepticism about anti-global warming measures like cap-and-trade makes him doubt that we humans are “clever enough to handle a situation as complex as climate change.” Lovelock’s solution? “Put democracy on hold for a while.”

Lesson: Elitists believe important decisions should be left to bright people like Waxman, Jackson, and Lovelock.

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