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The Soul-Sick Leadership Elite in America
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  • Ellen

    Amen. Thanks for that correct observation and analysis. Rich people may be smart in business or theft, but not necessarily in anything else.

  • dwk67

    All the more illustrative of the corrupting effects of the current campaign finance system in the USA. One pool of public money equally split amongst all candidates/parties would end this silliness once and for all, as well as reduce the volume of trivial distractions and compromising of principle that the present system forces upon prospective and elected officials….

    • Fat_Man

      Politicians with their snouts in the trough. Not a thought that pleases me.

    • John Stephens

      There’s no such thing as “public money”, it’s just another term for “government money”; extracted at gunpoint from taxpayers, and spent by politcians and their minions for their own benefit. Screw that.

      • werewife

        Not to mention that “public funding” of elections will simply multiply the already disproportionate power of large media/entertainment outlets.

  • Anthony

    “…there are a number of wealthy people in this country with outsize egos but not much common sense.”

    And this is news? When ultra-acquisitive interests have come to be both defined and expected in our politics, soul-sickness hardly begins to describe the on-the-sly entrepreneurs who compose both our National (Presidential) and Congressional Parties.Just maybe, we (the people) have enabled these “leaders” (and the spiritual disease at work); who may or may not be soulless cads.

  • amoose1959

    “If you are not ruled by God, you will be ruled by tyrants”

  • Beauceron

    “The unwillingness of the press to delve into the Vanity Fair at the heart of modern progressive politics (there is no such reluctance to peer into the mysteries of Republican finance) is a real problem.”

    That is NOT the problem. That is merely a symptom of the problem– and you know it.

    The problem is that our “forming institutions” — the press and the media– and progressive politics are now largely one and the same. They don’t just work together, they don’t just aide one another, they are part of the same entity.

    And that is, indeed, a very big problem.

    • Gringao

      Limbaugh’s calling it a “state-controlled media” is not too far off, though it’s tied more to a party than the State.

      • Beauceron

        Well….as one of the parties becomes the permanent majority, it will become the state controlled media in fact.

      • Unmutual One

        That party will soon be synonymous with the State.

  • QET

    I’m with Anthony on this one, at least to a degree. What WRM describes about wealthy contributors and politicians does not seem to me to be novel to our times. What seems novel is that virtually the entire mainstream media-industrial complex in this country–from old media like NYT and WaPo, to Hollywood, to modern social media giants like Facebook and Twitter–have lined up like an NFL offensive line to advance the interests of one political party. Journalism as I grew up understanding it no longer exists as far as I can tell, and this fact is not only corroborated by media workers but positively exhorted by them as a moral imperative.

    • ukfan65

      I actually used to be a reporter. What is gone from journalism today is professionalism. Social media and the need for “clicks” has destroyed the ability of reporters to analyze, largely because the ones who knew how to do it no longer have jobs that pay them to apply those skills. Genuine professional reporters are in a dying industry, just as are coal miners.

      • QET

        You may be correct, but I don’t see the problem as fundamentally one of bowing to economic necessity. Instead, what I see is that the vast bulk of modern media has been colonized by Left-liberal persons who have decided there is no longer any need for them to even pretend they are being detached and analytical. They have decided they know Truth from Falsehood and vow to “report” only Truth and suppress Falsehood. God be praised.

        Such media writers lately use the phrase “false equivalence” all the time when they mean “a fact or opinion that conflicts with my dearly held political convictions.” It has an intellectualiness about it that makes them feel like they are really thinking. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/03/npr-tackles-false-equivalence/253712/

  • Arkeygeezer

    “…the real problem with our republic is that what should be our leadership
    elite is soul-sick: vain, restless, easily miffed, intellectually
    confused, jealous…”
    I question whether wealthy citizens alone are responsible for any problems with the Republic. Wealthy citizens have always run or influenced our Republic. The founding fathers were all wealthy citizens that owned property or businesses and the constitution was designed to have the government run or influenced by citizens who had a propertied stake in our country.
    In this information age, the candidates for public office are under general public scrutiny more than ever before. They are being judged more on what they actually say, than what the elite-media says they said or really meant.
    In the elite-media today it is fashionable to say that one candidate is an underfunded fool, supported only by uneducated. racist, white trash, while the other candidate is a smart, experienced, statesman, supported by career diplomats and a diverse educated public. The general public will be well informed by social media and the internet; and the American people will decide in two months who will lead us in the future.

  • seattleoutcast

    Let’s add to this a complacent public, who prefer to skim the MSN or CNN or Comcast websites provided by the browser installed with a certain OS. If you cannot manage to get out of the predefined package supplied to you, you have no reason to vote.

  • Fat_Man

    Of course, they will tell you that their superior morality is the reason why they must be the leaders. After all, if not for them no one would care about transsexuals, the polar bear, and Muslims.

    The American people are all racist, sexist, and homophobic. They cannot be allowed to be near the levers of power. Only the enlightened ones who went to good ivy league colleges can lead us.

    • St Reformed

      “The American people are all racist, sexist, and homophobic. They cannot be allowed to be near the levers of power.”
      aka The “Bitter Clingers” Motif

  • FriendlyGoat

    So what’s wrong with a liberal fund-raiser of $679,650 getting hotel rooms and event invitations?
    Do you folks have ANY IDEA what a conservative expects for $679,650?

    • 1952rmdg

      No one’s defending the conservative donors, but as Mead points out, the MSM ALWAYS look at what conservatives do and give, while (purposefully) turning a blind eye to what the liberal/progressive donors do–that’s one of the points of this article.

      • mrdoug1

        Case in point is the radically different treatment given by the mainstream media to the Koch Bros. vs. George Storos and Tom Steyer. The former are painted as the devil incarnate; the latter either not mentioned or, if mentioned, described favorably or neutrally. Yet they are essentially the same animal as far as our politics are concerned – they give big money to advance their political leanings.

  • Jeff77450

    Depressing. It takes something like 9/11 or an H. Ross Perot wild-card or a Donald Trump candidacy to roust the so-called elites out of their stupor—and even then I don’t see anything of any significance changing (for the better). The National Debt continues to grow as does the student-loan debt-bubble. It’s been known for decades that the so-called Great Society/War on Poverty programs incentivized a lot of bad behavior, to include the significant rise in the illegitimate-birthrate, but no one seriously suggests that we phase them out. We’ve been engaging in much angst and hand-wringing about different aspects of the immigrant situation, both legal and illegal, and its effect on the native population but I don’t see anything getting done. I don’t claim to have the answer.

  • Atlantic

    These people sound like the same Jewish American princesses Gore Vidal was warning everyone about thirty years ago. I feel bad for all the first-generation Indian doctors wasting away their surplus capital for social-climbing with such illiterates– how will their grandchildren be able to become self-proclaimed artists doodling away in suburban mansions?

  • thesheeplewillhavetheirsay

    So much has failed; our “leadership” over the last thirty or forty years is an amazingly abject failure. It wasn’t always like this.

    Our media no longer exists; let’s face it. It has been replaced by propagandists.
    You may say that’s no big deal, as we now have the internet. But here’s where American citizens themselves (with exceptions) have failed massively. It has never been easier to inform yourself: a few hours a week noodling around on the internet and you can learn A LOT. But what do most people do with the internet? Porn, or various other stupid distractions. So we, as a populace, are ignorant (with exceptions).

    • ukfan65

      Again the motif: the problem with our politics is the stupidity of voters.

  • bscook111

    “Shefali Razdan Duggal” Why, when we read this sort of post, are the malefactor’s names so often Asian? Not always, but very very often. Mainland Asia, end to end and top to bottom is enormously corrupt and cynical, that’s why. Nothing happens in this vast portion of the globe without a backhander. This particular article sounds like the miscreant is simply buying face to enhance her standing with her cohort. Why do we not, 24/7, 365 days a year, espouse the Anglo culture? It’s by no means perfect but it has far less corruption than any other culture extant today.

  • 1952rmdg

    Of course, as has been happening for decades, these rich donors do get appointed as ambassadors to various embassies, where they can influence politics, so their giving isn’t quite as benign as Mr. Mead suggests. I suspect that they have an oversize influence of other policies, too, such as immigration, to the detriment of the interests of our nation and average folks.

    • del2124

      Rich donors have been appointed to diplomatic positions for the country’s entire history. But they actually don’t influence politics in foreign countries. Neither professional nor political appointees can influence foreign politics. They get recalled, immediately, if they do so.

  • http://baaltyranny.blogspot.com/ BaalTyranny

    I agree that “there’s a spiritual disease at work in this, and over time it has the ability to wreck individual souls”.

    To your list of the soul-sick attributes of the leadership elite (vain, restless, easily miffed, intellectually confused, jealous,…), how about adding liars, thieves, corrupt, immoral…?

  • patrickstrother

    The corruption in American politics doesn’t come from rich individual donors that can drop a million here or there. It is the systemic organization of the media, academia, the entertainment industry, the extremely wealthy (like Buffet) Wall Street and others that all move the political direction in a coordinated fashion so that the elites are always enriched and in power while the middle class that does all the work, keeps losing ground. Hence Trump.

    Our political establishment is corrupt, but it’s a first world style corruption that operates under the carefully scripted illusion of democracy.

  • longlance

    So, an Indian Muslim lady runs the U.S. “Holocaust” Memorial Museum? Ha, Ha, that’s rich!

  • del2124

    “The unwillingness of the press to delve into the Vanity Fair at the heart of modern progressive politics is a real problem.” Um, it seems like that problem has been addressed by publishing that article there in the New York Times.

  • josiejosie

    I agree completely that the elected official’s perpetual hunt for money has become a drag on our system, whether in terms of time spent or ethical governing. But as distasteful as the scenario described by the Democratic-party emails may be, I’ll still take it over the cataclysmic effect of monies donated by the Adelsons and Kochs of the world. The fawning, quaking recipients of this kind of largesse know well that one wrong opinion (e.g., “um, uh, maybe we should do a little planning for climate change”) usually leads to an avalanche of money thrown at an even more compliant primary opponent in the next election cycle. That kind of donor overtly dictates policy at every level of our government (and in Adelson’s case, Israel’s too).

  • toumanbeg

    We could always hang them all. America has LOTS of trees and there is no shortage of rope. By the end of summer, Law Enforcement would be glad to lend a hand. The Army? They could not defeat 10,000 Afghani goat herders. What makes anybody think they could defeat 65 million American deer hunters?
    No, this upcoming election is the last chance to avoid the current civil war expanding to include politicians, journalists, judges, etc. A good list to work would be the DNC doners. RNC too. If Hillary is elected, there will be blood in the streets up to your ankles.

  • catorenasci

    We have met the enemy and he is us in Walt Kelly’s Pogo‘s phrase. We are reaping the harvest of at least three, maybe even four, generations of elite children raised since WWII who have nothing of the values and character that defined America from the the 17th century through WWII, and who live nihilistic lives where meaning is wishful thinking and reality a nightmare.

    The values still hang on in parts of the other America – out there in fly-over country and in the military – but it’s fading fast.

    I’m glad WRM sees this now, but where was he 50 years ago when serious people on the center-right were talking about this seriously?

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      He was 14.

      Time flies, doesn’t it?

      • catorenasci

        Perhaps he’s personally off the hook, but the larger point is that liberals of his ilk pooh poohed any attempts to talk about character and values for decades beginning in the 50s… the consequences of Spock and permissive parenting reverberate even today…

  • Gringao

    Lenin used to say that a capitalist would sell him the rope that he’d used to then hang the capitalist. Little did Lenin realize that the capitalist would be donating the funds used in the transaction, too.

    Given the growing Bolshevik mindset of the Democrat Party, I wonder how much of this largesse is handed over in fear, something to keep the Mob at bay.

  • klgmac

    You mean the Rule of Law is still functioning? Could have fooled me.

  • Gregale

    “99.999% of the things that rich donors tell politicians will be laughed at, ignored and trashed—though staffers will be assigned to write letters maintaining the illusion that the donor’s half-educated ramblings have somehow been incorporated in something official.”

    …and yet issues that rich donors care about, yet garner little support among voters, like “comprehensive immigration reform” and many others, continue to be drive official policy and direction.

  • Chris Bray

    Shefali Razdan Duggal has a website, and it’s not to be missed:

    http://www.shefalirazdanduggal.com/

  • Don Keller

    Wow…GREAT article.

  • KevinHee

    LOL.

    What do you expect? Politics is a product of human interaction. Connections and relationships are important, both political, economical, and emotional. That’s how human society does things.

    So save your faux-outrage.

    If any of you have any decent jobs in a law firm, bank, business… then you know that politics like this happen every day. So it’s Ok for you to be political next to the water cooler but our government cannot?

    • Historybuff

      Bunk.

      Retired from that world… and there are MANY, many honorable people of integrity, decency, and honesty. Trump is one of the 10% that chooses to be corrupt. He is an exception, not the rule.
      HB

  • mauloa

    Ideal setting for “mass hubris” of which I believe we are about to witness.

  • WWITK

    Donald J. Trump was once part of that class and became thoroughly DISGUSTED by it. He saw what a disintegrating disaster America had become, left the easy life of a billionaire, and dove into the hellhole of American presidential politics. With bravery and bravado, he beat 16 other candidates in the most grueling primary in history. Now, he will defeat Hillary Clinton and his vision of making this country great again and not succumbing to cynicism when it comes to America — inspires so many of us.

    Yes, he’s a counterpuncher, but maybe this country needs a counterpuncher. Maybe we need to think about no longer handing bribes to Iranians while we get nothing much. Maybe we should stand up and demand fairness in trade deals that encourage our companies to move to Mexico.

    It’s time for a change, and that, friends, is why your attacks on Trump will only energize his base, encourage Independents, and drive voters to him. You do not understand — you cannot see — how extreme your articles and bias look now to Independent voters. You hang around Trump haters, and you lose the ability to recognize that the majority of Americans do not agree with your opinions of Trump.

    We are voting for the man we admire, and that man is Donald J. Trump. Sorry if that doesn’t work for you, but we will never be pulled from our candidate.

    • Historybuff

      Utter nonsense.

      When your sleazy trump publicly repents of his past crimes, cheats, insults, and cowardice… When sleazy trump promises to STOP LYING… When sleazy trump apologizes and makes amends for his past abuse of his fellow people…

      THEN we might be willing to vote for sleazy trump.
      HB

      • Lynn II

        Shouldn’t you be making the same request of “sleazy” Hillary? I haven’t heard of anyone being murdered by Islamists on Trumps’ watch at State. Nor has Trump sold the US uranium resources to Russia for a 45 million donation to his charity. I don’t remember Trump destroying whole countries, Libya, and opening them up to Islamist nutters either. There is a lot more Clinton should be apologizing for but, sleaze comes in all shapes and sizes. Even with a vagina and a blonde bob.

        • Historybuff

          You aren’t paying attention – I have.
          HB

  • Bedarb

    It’s the political class, it’s media, it’s academia, it’s everything.
    It’s Gramscian cultural hegemony. Except this form of cultural dominance isn’t legitimized by long-standing tradition, history, habits, customs,& heritage. It’s entirely validated by a repeatedly historically disproven intellectual theory that flatters the egos of overeducated monkeys with car keys. “Global citizens” are Marie Antoinette writ large.

  • bluesdoc70

    “The love of money is the root of all evil…”

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