Bush lost-the Power Elite Gained

The allusion of choice in AmerikaIn The Atlantic, Ronald Brownstein wrote an article titled “Closing the Book on the Bush Legacy” in which he states: “Thursday’s annual Census Bureau report on income, poverty and access to health care-the Bureau’s principal report card on the well-being of average Americans-closes the books on the economic record of George W. Bush.”

While Bush was in office, household income declined, poverty increased, and Americans without health insurance went to all time highs. During Bill Clinton’s two terms, just the reverse was true. Clinton left with a huge surplus, Bush left with one of the largest deficits in history. How could anyone who supported Bush do so today with anything but sorrow?

Bush’s eight years in office were a disaster. His administration started two wars, made the United States the largest debtor nation on earth, and created massive ill-feeling everywhere. Outside the United States it is difficult to find a citizen on the street who does NOT despise Bush and his administration or at the very least hold the American public in contempt or ridicule for electing such an idiot to the Presidency.

As much as I loathed and despised Bush and his administration, Obama is even more dangerous but in another way. His easy-going manner, his intelligence, his photogenic family and his bi-racial heritage make him a difficult person to criticize or debate, AND, as President he is only one of a coterie of the Power Elite, those who really call the shots. He is not exactly the puppet, but, he is not the puppeteer. He is not, as children’s history books say “the most powerful man in the world.”

The Power Elite

C. Wright Mills wrote about the Power Elite back in 1956. Mills was not just a conspiracy theory nutjob who wore a tinfoil hat. Mills was a Columbia University sociology professor for over 20 years until his death in 1962. His book describes the relationship between a political, military, and economic elite (people at the pinnacles of these three institutions). The United States draws its members from three areas:
(1) the highest political leaders including the president and a handful of key cabinet members and close advisers;
(2) major corporate owners and directors; and
(3) high-ranking military officers…

The strength of the Power Elite comes from control of the highest positions in the political and business hierarchy and that they share a common world view. They:

  • have a military definition of reality; “In this military world, debate is no more at a premium than persuasion: one obeys and one commands, and matters, even unimportant matters, are not to be decided by voting. Life in the military world accordingly influences the military mind’s outlook on other institutions as well as on its own. The warlord often sees economic institutions as means for military production and the huge corporation as a sort of ill-run military establishment.
  • recognize themselves as separate and superior to the rest of society;
  • move within and between the three institutional structures and hold interlocking directorates.

“Socialization of prospective new members is done based on how well they adapt themselves socially after such elites. These elites have an alliance based upon their shared community of interests driven by the necessity of the military definition, which has transformed the economy into a permanent war economy.” It makes no difference if the enemy is the Soviet Union or Al Qaeda, an enemy is needed to keep the alliance properly functioning and in power.

When he left the US Presidency in 1961, conservative, grandfatherly Dwight Eisenhower, a former warlord himself, warned the American public of the Power Elite or what he called the “Military-Industrial Complex.” Eisenhower said in part:

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

Finally, if you read what David Rothkopf wrote in an article in Newsweek magazine in 2008 called “What Power Looks Like – The SuperClass”, you will get yet another view of the Power Elite.

“They ride on Gulfstreams, set the global agenda, and manage the credit crunch in their spare time. They have more in common with each other than their countrymen. Meet the Superclass…not only in business and finance, but also politics, the arts, the nonprofit world and other realms, are part of a new global elite that has emerged over the past several decades. I call it the “superclass.” They have vastly more power than any other group on the planet. Each of the members is set apart by his ability to regularly influence the lives of millions of people in multiple countries worldwide. Each actively exercises this power, and often amplifies it through the development of relationships with other superclass members.”

My fellow Americans and other world citizens, beware, the Power Elite are watching and controlling you…

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