"Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall." – the Bible
The Founding Fathers who traveled to France were disgusted by the decadence and effeminacy of the “elites” there. They were also disgusted by the British “elites” - and we fought a war to get away from them (“The American Revolution was not only a revolt of colonials against a distant government; it was also an uprising of a native middle class against an imported aristocracy.”).
Unfortunately, decadent elites have been the history of the world (they’ve always been that “1%” that crushed everyone else through political power). And often there has been war when the people get tired of them (check out what was done to the “elites” in France during the French Revolution – some of the vengeance involved baking them alive in ovens. The guillotine was the easy way out.).
Of course, we now have our own decadent “elites.” The Bushes, all of whom I despise beyond what I can say, are a bunch of drug-addled, alcoholic poseurs who’ve never had a job in their lives. Decadent effete elites.
It is astonishing anyone voted for them. They’ve got money and drug problems – and I’m sure sex problems. Those three things are the hallmarks of all decadent elites. And they apply also to the Clintons (oddly Trump does not seem to have these problems, not then, he’s not a politician).
I’ve mentioned before I know an 84-year-old man who spent his life as a political consultant. He said he’s known only one honest politician – all the rest had money, sex and drug problems. And when I looked at history – he was right!
Why is it such people so often seek political power – which means power over others? The power to turn people into corpses! Lots of corpses.
Is the exercise of political power that intoxicating for the weak-minded that they lose their conscience? (It’s been noticed for a long time you can have love or power, but not both.)
Power intoxicates and immunity corrupts.
The Greeks, well over 2000 year ago, noticed that those most prone to hubris were the weak –minded. They considered it a kind of insanity.
The whole sequence they outlined is Koros (the surfeit that afflicts a base man) to Hubris (arrogance, moral blindness, wanton violence) to Ate (a kind of "madness") to Nemesis (fate, retribution, destruction).
Has this ever been taught in school? Not to my knowledge. Church? Again, not that I know.
That’s too bad, because all us pay – and pay and pay – when weak-minded, dissolute “elites” gain political power over us.
And we vote them into office!
The only way the entire evil Bush crime family can be saved from Nemesis is by repentance. And what are the chances of their apologizing to the American people for the great evil they’ve done and withdrawing completely from politics?
Zero. Since all of them are base, degraded people, they clearly lust for political power way too much, to the point it is a sickness – a sin.
There is no humorist like history. - Will and Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History