The death of elitism

The death of elitism, by Salena Zito. Are our elites stupid, or do they have a plan? Drain the swamp.

“You had your chance, it’s our turn now.”

That homemade sign, located in the fault line of this election in the Mahoning Valley between Ohio and Pennsylvania, in all its simplicity found a way to capture the essence of this presidential cycle.

In fact, it offered more insight into the discord between the American electorate and the governing elite than any pundit has been able to explain, let alone comprehend.

In short, the biggest takeaway from this election no matter who wins is that we have witnessed the end of elitism. And the power of elites to persuade us has evaporated.

The public no longer has faith in big banks or big companies or big government. … And the governing class has failed us miserably, from wars in the Middle East that never end, to a healthcare bill that erodes our income to the politicization of the once trustworthy institutions of the Pentagon, NASA and the Justice Department.

To them, the system is genuinely rigged, and the divide between the Ivy League educated and the state or trade school educated, between the haves and the have-nots, has become so deep that there is no bridge long or sturdy enough to connect them.

It is that very thing that explains why so many Americans are attracted to the deeply flawed candidacy of Donald Trump. …

Trump had to buy his way into the elite, because he is not one of them, said Sracic, “and that’s what people like about him. The elites hate him, all of them, on both sides of the aisle.

And voters are sick and tired of the elite. Why? Because the social contract has been broken. One side gets all of the benefits, and the other side bears all of the costs.