THIS IS THE GREAT DIVIDE in the U.S. [read United States] today. It is not between blacks and whites -- or rich and poor; it is between the elites in California or New York and ordinary people . . . . The pundits who cannot imagine how . . .
. . . anyone can live in Nebraska farm country also can't imagine why anyone ever voted for George W. Bush; they do not and cannot understand the Tea Party. And, they are scornful of what they do not understand.
(Liz Peek, "Why the Elite Attack Mainstream America," thefiscaltimes.com, October 23, 2013)
Ms. Peek makes a good point in the next paragraph, but where she says "change," think "fundamental transformation." Calling for change, generally, is not the issue. The issue is Mr. Obama's call for a mulligan on the whole American experiment -- a complete do-over.
Campaigning in 2008, candidate Obama promised he would "put an end to the politics that would divide a nation just to win an election." He also vowed we were "one day away from change in America." Unhappily, he could not possibly have kept both those promises. Much of the country isn't looking for change; lots of people don't want to move away from our traditions or overhaul our way of life. They believe in the promise of the individual; they believe in hard work and enjoying the fruits of our labor. Instead of envying success, they celebrate it.
If Ms. Peek lived in Houston, she could tweak her essay and apply it to the Houston Chronicle editorial board. They don't care much for the America, Texas, or Houston -- as they exist -- and identify more-or-less fully with the elites in California and New York.