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America Ruled by Upper Class Twits
November 26, 2017
by William P. Meyers

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I am reading, for the second time, A Small Town in Germany, by John Le Carré. It reminds me, I believe it is one of John's points, that England has long been ruled by upper class twits. That matches the view of the Monty Python troupe, as shown in the skit Upper Class Twit of the Year. It can certainly be confirmed by any serious historian.

[Aside: My copy of the book is a rare "Uncorrected Proof Copy - Not For Sale" that had to be considerably edited to pass muster with intelligence agencies and slander laws.]

The basis of upper class twit culture is inheritance. America is currently going through its greatest revolution since the civil war, as the twits in Congress and the Administration and Supreme Court are about to end the inheritance tax (which they deride as the Death Tax).

With Twits already basically in charge of both government and commerce (and for that matter, art), the new tax-free regime should cement their rule. So great was the American hatred of aristocracy in our early days the U.S. Constitution includes the clause "No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States." But who needs a title when you have billions of dollars and can pass that money to your idiot children untaxed?

Donald Trump is a fair example of an upper class twit. Born rich but stupid and with an abrasive personality, backed by his realtor father and his corrupt political cronies, if left to his own devices he would have been lucky to hold down a position as a carpenter's assistant. Not that there is anything wrong with being a carpenter's assistant. It is a good job if you come from the working class and something prevents you from finishing high school.

One could look at a group of business leaders to see wealthy parents float twits to the top of society, but political appointments are a more direct danger to the public, and so as a sample I will use some of the upper class twits of the Trump Cabinet.

Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, was not exactly born poor, his father was a Boy Scouts executive, but he is not especially idiotic by Trump era standards. But he is quite rich, and got there by ignoring what most smart people learned in the 1960s and 1970s, and working his way up from a college engineering degree to being an oil executive. As far as I can tell he never even glanced away from the Christian-business stairway to heaven.

Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, grew up in a Goldman Sachs household. Then he attended Yale, was a member of Dumbskull and Bones, and followed his father into Goldman Sachs. His life focus has been on accumulating wealth, and he had no problems tossing people out of their houses in the Great Recession to accomplish that. He also produced highly artistic movies like The Lego Movie and The Legend of Tarzan. As far as being a twit, he has wholly absorbed the idea that because he was born with a gold spoon in his mouth, he has earned his vast wealth honestly. Mnuchin is for lowering taxes on the wealthy and corporations and all the other laissez-fairy tale crap that his class dishes out. Shades of 1928, or if we are lucky it is still 1926-ish, if you ask me, except that the twits have not dismantled the New Deal in its entirety yet, so it may be harder to totally crash our entire civilization.

James Mattis, Secretary of Defense, passed for an intellectual in the Marine Corps. He was smart enough to become an officer in 1972, too late to get fragged in Vietnam. He probably can pass as an intellectual around Donald Trump, too. He apparently also believes in climate change, rare among the Trump Twit circle. A baby boomer, he failed to take tips from the Beatles or Bob Dylan. So now he is in charge of killing any foreigner who disagrees with their U.S. backed puppet governments. Got to wish he were a stupid, ineffectual twit, but except for a few naval vessels crashing, and the recent Niger fiasco, he's held it together, so far.

Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, was born in 1946, among the first of the Baby Boomers. He parents were small-town Alabama rich. The man is dumb as an ox, but nevertheless was sent to college and then got a law degree. He learned nothing from the cultural revolution in the 1960s, instead going on to use his powers to try to make discourage African-Americans from voting. He's keen on prosecuting the poor, homosexuals, and marijuana users. Or maybe he just repeats back to the Republican voters of Alabama what they want to hear. The state ought to be invaded and Reconstructed, as far as I can tell. That at least would bring it forward to the 19th century.

George (Sonny) Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture, is another small-town rich kid made good, another 1946 first of the baby boomers who kept square in the 60s, another idiot who apparently does not understand how greenhouses work, saying "liberals have lost all credibility when it comes to climate science because their arguments have become so ridiculous and so obviously disconnected from reality." There will be famine by 2020 if this guy stays in charge of food production.

Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is the only cabinet member who was born working class. Supposedly a good surgeon, he is surprised that other poor folk don't work their way out of poverty quite as easily. Carson was not an idiot when he was young, he voted for George McGovern in 1972, but some money and power later made him soft in the head.

Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation, married Mitch McConnell in 2007. Her father owns a shipping company. She's probably the smartest person in the cabinet, but she's been floating in money since childhood, so its hard to tell where she would have ended up based only on her own talent.

Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy, is another small-town son a farmer (and County Commissioner) who was rich by local standards. Using a college deferment, he joined the military only after the Vietnam War was over. Seems like a good formula for becoming an anti-labor, anti-environmentalist, anti-healthcare guy who claims the Bible is literally true and Darwin was just plain wrong. He is notably anti-gay. He does not believe in the role of greenhouse gasses in global warming. If his parent were richer and he had gone to Princeton as a Legacy, instead of Texas A&M, he would be the perfect example of an upper-class twit elevated way above his actual level of mental competency.

Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, shows that degeneration into twitdom is not just for the ruling class patriarchy. She's in the "let them eat cake" school of governance. Why not, she is one of the heirs to the Prince fortune, and she did not marry a commoner either. She married the Amway (con-artist pyramid scheme) fortune in the form of Dick Devos.

Betsy was born at the tail end of the baby boom, in 1958, into a cocoon of vast wealth. Despite prepping at a private Christian school, she went to college at the third-rate private Calvin College. You remember John Calvin, who was convinced money equaled holiness and so rich people and maybe even sufficiently obedient middle class people were God's Chosen People, and that being born poor was a sign of God's disfavor. Like the idiot she is, Betsy swallowed the poison and has never looked back.

Betsy thinks every child in America should swallow her religious poison, and does not see traditional public schools as a great national institution created by our Founding Fathers that has educated our nation for centuries. In her view public schools don't teach future workers to be meek or future owners that they are God's elect, and so must be destroyed.

A long time patron of the Republican party, she basically bought her cabinet post, not that such rewards for donations are rare, but usually they just buy you an ambassadorship to some pleasant, untroubled small country.

Thank God, like the others, Betsy and her husband will inherit their parent's vast wealth tax free. Meanwhile, when kids go to buy school supplies in high sales tax states like Seattle, they pay more in taxes on a $1.99 notebook than the DeVos's will on their entire inheritance.

Too bad we can't run the Trump cabinet through the Monty Python Twit of the Year course.




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