What do the following three events have in common: the three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals trying to throw out the California recall election, the Dixie Chicks' announcement that they're leaving country music and the continued French refusal to assist America's efforts in Iraq?
The answer is that they're all the products of an increasingly bitter, desperate, but determined elite, whose exploits are the subject of a fascinating new book by Laura Ingraham, "Shut Up and Sing."
We used to think of the elites as the monied class who went to all the celebrated schools. Ingraham demonstrates the obsolescence of that description and explains that today's elites are defined not by their economic status, but by a common state of mind. They can be recognized by their allegiances -- for Harvard over the Heartland -- rather than their pocketbooks and pedigree.
With wit and clarity Ingraham provides the salient characteristics of the elites, in general, before going on to explain the various subcategories of the specimen, including the mainstream media, academia, the cultural elite, the world citizens' lobby and the activist judiciary. She depicts them through their own words and actions rather than her subjective opinions about them, which she provides in due course.
The elites -- according to the elites -- are brilliant, they eschew moral absolutes, disdain religion, particularly the Christian religion, and they hail (largely) from places outside "fly-over" country and look down on those inside it. They are mostly anti-military and have a paternalistic attitude toward the protected categories -- race, sex and otherwise -- and believe that without themselves, these groups will flounder.
The elites are committed globalists who are more likely to defer to the United Nations than promote America's national interests, and their natural political home is the Democratic Party. But according to Ingraham, "the GOP has its share of elites, too."