Arianna Huffington claims that Jon Stewart is not a liberal, but simply someone who speaks truth to power. I disagree. If Jon Stewart told Arianna Stassinopoulos that she is an unprincipled fag hag who has slept her way up the social ladder so she can be praised for telling us the same lies everyone else in the media does, then that would be truth to power. Nor would such language be uncalled for to describe self-appointed intellectuals who think of gay sex acts when someone references the Boston Tea Party. The Huffington/Stewart love fest is power praising power, liberals congratulating each other on their nonexistent courage, and the ruling class uniting to mock the great unwashed who pay their salaries.
Politics is about who, not what, and increasingly rallies have become exercises in identity politics rather than mobilization for specific issues. Most liberal commentators are interpreting the Tea Party movement as a manifestation of white racial consciousness, with Whites supposedly outraged at a Black president ruling “their” country. The fact that the rallies are overwhelmingly White (with most minorities relegated to the speaker’s duties) is taken as evidence enough that the Tea Party is composed of closet Klansmen. As Keith Olbermann tediously speechified,
Let me ask all of you who attend these things, how many black faces do you see at these events?’ and ‘Why are you surrounded by largest crowd you will ever again see in your life that consists of nothing but people who look exactly like you?
Of course, this could be said not just of your average Tea Party rally or Glenn Beck’s “Restore Honor” rally, but Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity. Both are powerful examples of implicit Whiteness, though neither heralds any kind of burgeoning White racial consciousness. The Tea Parties are more interested in highlighting the black Founding Fathers that racist progressives have covered up, whereas Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” is essentially an effort by SWPL’s to mock a straw man they’ve created to describe religious conservatives. After all, Keith Olbermann tells us that those primitives don’t believe in evolution but also believe in the existence of racial differences, unlike progressives who understand modern science.
Beck’s rally and Leibowitz’s -- er -- Stewart’s rally are close to perfect examples of the class divide within European-America. Perhaps most comprehensive and timely description of this divide was Angelo Codevilla’s widely circulated article, “America’s Ruling Class and the Perils of Revolution.” As Codevilla described it, today’s politics is a class struggle between a political class dependent upon the state and its works, and the taxpayers who are forced to support it. The former has remarkable cultural uniformity, created chiefly by statist control over education. He writes,
Today's ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits. These amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against minorities and the environment), and saints. Using the right words and avoiding the wrong ones when referring to such matters -- speaking the "in" language -- serves as a badge of identity. Regardless of what business or profession they are in, their road up included government channels and government money because, as government has grown, its boundary with the rest of American life has become indistinct. Many began their careers in government and leveraged their way into the private sector. Some, e.g., Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, never held a non-government job. Hence whether formally in government, out of it, or halfway, America's ruling class speaks the language and has the tastes, habits, and tools of bureaucrats. It rules uneasily over the majority of Americans not oriented to government.
The “Tea Baggers,” as Rachel Maddow would call them (and why is a lesbian so obsessed with the idea of sucking balls?) fall back on the older traditions of family, folk, and faith, but it is an unequal battle. Those on the higher end of the bell curve have more economic opportunity, social prestige, and career prospects to gain by defending the existing system. Aside from a few class traitors who oppose the ruling class (the occasional Jason Richwine), the hoi polloi directed against the elite is confused and contradictory. Adding to the disparity between the rulers and the ruled, much of the organizational power and money behind the Tea Party movement is championed by corporate front groups like Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks that may use cowboy hats and “just folks’” rhetoric as propaganda, but are essentially committed to the same open borders, corporate welfare, and One World agenda of any Professor of Ethnic Studies.
Hence, Stewart’s Sanity rally had an air of triumphalism and superiority despite looming electoral defeat. Their control of the commanding heights of the culture is unchallenged and any GOP victory will either be quickly co-opted by the usual suspects who won’t do anything or by authentic spokesmen trapped by their own mediocrity.
The class divide prevents the kind of “white tribe rising” that Pat Buchanan speaks of unless the state’s power to enforce this kind of ideological uniformity withers way. Many pessimists (optimists?) suggest this might be just what is occurring. As the Fed runs out of cards to play and even Angela Merkel admits the failure of the multicultural experiment, the existing system is running out of gas financially, intellectually, and even politically. That said, change will not come from within as the self-satisfied rulling class is not feeling any pain.
The most likely outcome is that the Fed and the global banking establishment will be able to stave off sudden collapse and manage a controlled decline that will slowly heat the frogs in their pots. If that collapse occurs, of course, all bets are off, provided there is some credible party ready to step forward with a real alternative.
Preventing that was the purpose of the Rally for Self Satisfaction. With recycled propaganda from The Authoritarian Personality days, Leibowitz and Colbert casually denigrated people who are concerned about what is happening to their country as paranoid, ignorant, and insane. The truth is that as the debt exceeds GDP, as our urban centers turn into desolate wastelands, and as “our” government engages in openly hostile action against the core population, the remarkable fact is that there is so little reaction, and what reaction there is mostly channeled into politics as usual. Far from speaking truth to power, Stewart and Colbert are courtiers who mock what little resistance exists. The system has no breaks and as we plummet off the cliff, Stewart and Colbert insist that we laugh all the way.