02.20.14

Rich Men of Rich Man’s Burden discovered!

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 10:02 am by George Smith

Peggy Noonan, syndicated right wing columnist, plutocrat and Ronald Reagan’s most famous speechwriter, has discovered she lives in a corporate fascist plutocracy. She is shocked, just shocked at the personal awfulness of the 1 percent and greed and looting as the images of American exceptionalism.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, syndicated here at the Beaufort Observer:

We’re at a funny point in our political culture. To have judgment is to be an elitist. To have dignity is to be yesterday. To have standards is to be a hypocrite …

They are America’s putative great business leaders. They are laughing, singing, drinking, posing in drag and acting out skits. The skits make fun of their greed and cynicism. In doing this they declare and make clear, just in case you had any doubts, that they are greedy and cynical …

They’re making their videos, holding their parties and having a ball. OK. But imagine you’re a Citizen at Home just grinding through—trying to do it all, the job, the parenthood, the mowing the lawn and paying the taxes. No glamour, all responsibility and effort. And you see these little clips on the Net where the wealthy sing about how great taxpayer bailouts are and you feel like . . . they’re laughing at you.

What happens to a nation whose elites laugh at its citizens?

What happens? Everyone but the bankers at the secret party gets worked over. You get to go on Medicaid and sell your guitars to pay bills. Maybe you can get on food stamps.

And next year they have another party just like the one before.

That’s because, ah, “we are at a funny point in our society.”


The should have asked me to play this at the St. Regis Hotel Ballroom. And unlike the singing bankers, I would have been cheap, can hold a tune and teach everyone the words.

One Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in Drag: That which caused the scales to fall from Peggy’s eyes.

Excerpted:

The first and most obvious conclusion was that the upper ranks of finance are composed of people who have completely divorced themselves from reality. No self-aware and socially conscious Wall Street executive would have agreed to be part of a group whose tacit mission is to make light of the financial sector’s foibles. Not when those foibles had resulted in real harm to millions of people …

The second thing I realized was that Kappa Beta Phi was, in large part, a fear-based organization. Here were executives who had strong ideas about politics, society, and the work of their colleagues, but who would never have the courage to voice those opinions in a public setting. Their cowardice had reduced them to sniping at their perceived enemies in the form of satirical songs and sketches, among only those people who had been handpicked to share their view of the world. And the idea of a reporter making those views public had caused them to throw a mass temper tantrum.

The pure Culture of Lickspittle.

Via Frank.


You don’t have to listen to lousy recordings from the St. Regis Hotel Ballroom to be entertained! If you find yourself in Pasadena on Wednesday or Saturday afternoons, you can hear “Rich Man’s Burden” and other things, in person!

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