This election cycle has exposed an enormous divide across the country. It’s not the divide between black and white; it’s not even the divide between liberals and conservatives. It’s the divide between elitists and the rest of us.
Elitism is a state of mind. Not everyone in New York and Los Angeles is afflicted by it, and not everyone from Jackson, Mississippi is free from it. Elitism is the feeling of superiority enjoyed by certain people based on their income, education, and nuanced value system. Elitism carries with it a strong hint of “sophisticated” Europeanism, as well as a large helping of atheistic skepticism.
Worried that you’re an elitist? Here’s how you can tell if you are.
You’re an elitist if you love Brokeback Mountain, but think that John Wayne movies are jingoistic expressions of outdated American machismo.
You’re an elitist if you worry that Sarah Palin hunts moose, but aren’t worried that Barack Obama wants to meet personally with dictators.
You’re an elitist if you think Colin Powell was less “authentically black” than Barack Obama until Powell endorsed Obama.
You’re an elitist if you think that only bitter people unhappy with their lives cling to the Bible.
You’re an elitist if you quote the Book of Matthew to justify socialism, cite the Book of John to defend Bill Clinton, write off the Book of Romans as “obscure,” or deride the Old Testament as a collection of antiquated messages about shellfish and animal sacrifices.
You’re an elitist if you think that President Bush is stupid because he says “nucular,” while Joe Biden is a genius even though he thinks the word “jobs” has three letters.
You’re an elitist if you think Joe the Plumber’s income and license status are more important than the question he asked Barack Obama.
You’re an elitist if you believe that anyone who supports the standard of a married man and woman raising a child is a bigot.
You’re an elitist if you think Bill Ayers is just a professor of English.
You’re an elitist if you believe Bill Maher’s new movie, Religulous, accurately depicts religious Christians and Jews.
You’re an elitist if you love watching soccer and you’re not a recent immigrant.
You’re an elitist if you declare that no one’s patriotism ought to be challenged – unless they’re questioning why they should pay higher taxes.
You’re an elitist if you think George Clooney is a great artist.
You’re an elitist if you think Sean Penn is a great diplomat.
You’re an elitist if you think Madonna is great at anything.