*ar·is·toc·ra·cy noun \?a-r?-'stä-kr?-se, ?er-?-\
1:government by the best individuals or by a small privileged class
2 a:a government in which power is vested in a minority consisting of those believed to be best qualified
b :a state with such a government
3:a governing body or upper class usually made up of a hereditary nobility
4:the aggregate of those believed to be superior
It’s good to be the queen.
Just ask Dennis Rodman, or perhaps his little friend Kim Jung Un.
Better yet, consult with Queen Bee Michelle Obama and Countess Oprah Winfrey who are relaxing on a Hawaiian vacation together before the hectic, terrible event that will SO tire Michelle.
Yes, Michelle turns 50 years old shortly. And you know how hard that is.
What with all the traveling Michelle does for the White House. Now in Brazil, then in Martha’s Vineyard, Africa, Hawaii.
What for you and I might be a fantasy vacation is just another “day at the office” for Michelle and Oprah. It is exhausting.
No really, it is.
It takes a lot of hard work to be Michelle Obama, even if the rewards are great. The Obama family has made some hard choices to be in politics. It’s draining and personally daunting.
How would you like the odd moment of your spouse yucking it up with an attractive “other” to be broadcast to the world?
Not many couples have the strength, or are willing to do the work, to deal with politics at the national level.
For most people, I would recommend against it as a lifestyle choice.
Equally, it takes a lot of hard work to be Obama Winfrey, even if at some point she’s “made enough money,” as her friend president Obama likes to point out.
Again, for most people I’d recommend against the life of a billionaire media mogul.
Obama’s right in my estimation: At some point you’ve made enough money.
But then I count that as an individual choice, not one dictated to me by executive order or the tax code or imperatives of Democrat vote buying.
In twenty years of helping people make and manage money, I’ve witnessed the deleterious effects that fame, fortune and plenty have on families, relationships and personalities.
But yet, I’m glad these two gals have had the opportunity to make something of themselves and to enjoy the benefits, even if I might say “no thank you” to the opportunity to be that rich and famous.
It means that other people have the same opportunity to do great things, or even good things, as might apply to people like me who wish for lesser gifts.
That’s why it puzzles me that the two most recognizable minority beneficiaries of the American system, the most open, merit-based economic and political system anywhere—until recently—want to change the system to make it less mobile, less based on merit and more based on clan and group affiliations.
They want an aristocracy of the clans.
The problem with these two liberal ladies is that they have been suckered into believing that it takes a village, when in fact, the village system will eventually ensure that Winfrey and the Obamas are disenfranchised at some point again.
And if not them, then someone else will be disenfranchised based on clan or village or skin color.
When you define everything about skin color or gender or group, you can’t but help to someday get your wish. And then everything becomes about skin color, gender or group.
When you define and dice people into groups and subgroups and subsubsubgroups to micro-target government programs, propaganda and largess based on clans, you create the kind of “ethnic” tensions that face citizens in lesser developed countries.The coalition of today eventually sows the seeds of tomorrow's divisions.
You need only to look at Iraq, Libya and Syria to see the logical extension of that clannish, parochial mentality.
I agree with Mr. Speaker Newt Gingrich: I’m for the 100 percent of Americans, even Michelle and Oprah, who just want the opportunity to rise.
We should all be lucky enough to eat the same birthday cake that Michelle Obama is trying to avoid.
If it was good enough for them then it’s good enough for all us.
And, oh yeah: Yum. Cake.