There’s an interesting sidelight to the revelation of politically-charged texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Yes, they obviously deplore President Trump and would love nothing more than to get him impeached and ousted from the Oval Office --- even jailed, if they could manage it, on any charge they can come up with --- but it’s not just Trump they view with condescension and contempt.
That is, if you reside in Flyover Country and supported Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Their texts reveal that their sensitive, upturned noses can actually “smell” the Trump support in places like Walmart, and that they think of people in parts of Virginia as “uneducated hillbillies” (with the word “hillbillies” misspelled --- love it!). We in Middle America are simpleminded people, certainly not sophisticated and intellectual enough to grasp the intricacies of government policy that they deal with every day. Why, we want to go back to 1950s America, which was racist, which means WE are racist! (Um, who’s simpleminded?) This is also a class thing: “blue” connotes blue blood, blue coastal waters and Ivy League schools; “red” connotes red pickup trucks, red MAGA hats and red necks.
Several years back, in anticipation of the 2016 election, I wrote a book called GOD, GUNS, GRITS, AND GRAVY to try to explain to those inside the liberal “bubble” what the rest of the country is like. As it turns out, I probably didn’t change their minds about mainstream Americans but did manage to explain in advance the results of the 2016 election --- especially that red swath of victory all across the electoral map that shocked them to their marrow.
Outside of tony areas of Manhattan and parts of California, there’s hardly a better example of the liberal bubble than those huge government departments strategically populated with leftover Obamaphiles. Right now, that would include the upper levels of the FBI, Justice Department, State Department and IRS. The snobbishness expressed by Strzok and Page should come as no surprise.
One chapter in GGG&G is called “The New American Outcasts –- People Who Put Faith And Family First,” and “outcasts” exactly describes what we are in the minds of people like Strzok and Page. They can’t possibly care about people as unhip as we are except to the extent they can maintain their power over us. Of course, speaking of family, we know these two were having an extramarital affair, but I don’t want to belabor that point or get any further into their personal business because that would be looking down at them the way they’re looking down at us. Much more important to this discussion is the certainty that these self-appointed “elites” think of us as pig-ignorant hicks.
If we support Trump, it can’t possibly be because we see Hillary for what she is and/or hope to address numerous longstanding problems in Washington, DC. It has to be because we’re so stupid we don’t even know what’s in our own best interest, which in their minds is to get what we can from the government gravy train (the only kind of “gravy” they seem to understand) in exchange for letting them run our lives.
In fact, that point of view pretty well sums up liberalism. When Hillary used the word “deplorables,” she knew it would resonate with her crowd.
We’re starting to get a disturbing picture of what has been going on within the higher levels of government bureaucracy. Much of it appears to involve criminal activity designed to keep the powerful in power. But equally dismaying is being able to peer into the minds of those like Strzok and Page who purport to “serve” us in government but who look at us with utter disdain.