In response to a recent post, someone commented that I was an “elitist lefty.” I wasn’t sure how to take that, although I was pretty sure that it wasn’t meant as a compliment.
This was the comment, you can judge for yourself:
“Second post I have read where an elitist lefty bashed someone for voting for trump(sic),while evoking hitler(sic) in their description of trump(sic). I find it addling that the left rails on and on about fascism, while at the same time using fascist tactics to try.”
Looking up the word “elitist” didn’t help much. The definitions don’t seem to connote any negativism and they make it seem like a good thing. They also seem to imply wealth, power and an Ivy League education, none of which apply to me.
Nothing came up when I searched “elitist lefty,” but Wikipedia popped up with a definition of “liberal elite.” While that is a source that I usually avoid, I will share the following paragraph with you:
“It is commonly used with the implication that the people who claim to support the rights of the working class are themselves members of the ruling classes and are therefore out of touch with the real needs of the people they claim to support and protect. The phrase “liberal elite” should not be confused with the term “elite” as used by writers such as Vilfredo Pareto and C. Wright Mills. They use the term to mean those who exercise the most political power.”
It seems that to be any sort of elitist, liberal or otherwise, one needs to wield some degree of power. My dogs don’t even listen to me.
Just the term, liberal elite seems like an oxymoron, since the ruling class tends to be rich, white Republicans. Even the electoral college is geared toward keeping them in power.
Words are funny. It wasn’t until 2006 or 2007 that I realized that people were using the word “liberal” as a pejorative. I used to think it was a good thing.
You want a liberal pour from your bartender, don’t you? Who wants a conservative shot of Glenlivet?
If by elitist it was meant that I have the capacity for critical thought and can distinguish between fact and fiction and between significant and insignificant, then yes, I am an elitist. Thank you.
As for my bashing someone for voting for Trump, that’s completely false. You can click HERE to read the article for yourself.
This person either has a reading comprehension problem or is not nearly as smart as he or she thinks. I did bash Trump, but that was just another Tuesday.
The article in question is about a guy named Frank, who has always shown a strong disdain for liars. I questioned how Frank was able to rationalize voting for a guy who is a pathological liar. If that was bashing him, then I’m sorry.
The part where that person says that I evoked Hitler in my description of Trump is even more ridiculous. I only used Hitler in a group including John Wayne Gacy and Bernie Madoff as examples of people for whom you would not vote simply because of their abilities to “shake trees.”
The fact that this person notices a trend of people comparing Trump to Hitler may be indicative of a problem more serious than a liberal writer’s bias. Personally, I would be more inclined to compare him to Mussolini, Hugo Chaves or Vladimir Putin.
The last part of the comment is just confusing. Something about “railing” against fascism while “using fascist tactics to try.” Trying what is not clear, nor are there any examples of the type of fascist tactics we elitist lefties are using.
One thing seems to ring true, he or she is definitely addled.