“Limousine liberals” are scarcely new. They’ve been around for a very long time.
Teddy Kennedy (D-Chappaquiddick) was a great advocate of women’s rights. He also fought for white suburban kids to be bused an hour or two away to failing inner city schools while his own children attended tony private prep schools that the parents of his targets, whom he routinely denounced as racists, could never have even hoped to begin to afford. Robert Redford builds a large personal residence near his ski resort at Sundance, Utah, felling hundreds of trees in order to clear a place for it in the woods while opposing any and all other development in the area (even serving as the chairman of the Provo Canyon Sewer Commission in order to give his preferences the writ of law). John Denver sings against development in the Rocky Mountains while violating numerous environmental and zoning regulations on his own large estate in Aspen, Colorado. The Washington Post, having supported Obama’s call for higher taxes on the “wealthy,” carefully takes significant steps to ensure that its own investors needn’t pay them. Politicians (e.g., Walter Mondale and the insufferable Joe Biden) diligently cultivate their personal images as generous, caring champions of the poor and the needy by taxing others while, as it turns out, themselves giving virtually nothing to charity.
Peter Schweizer wrote a blood-curdling book on this subject a few years ago, under the title Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy.
And now Victor Davis Hanson, the Stanford-affiliated classicist and commentator, has provided an enlightening update on our new masters in this article.
Surely, though, the peasants ought to just shut up and be grateful.
In the meantime, I’m thinking of running for political office myself, on a platform of seizing my neighbors’ property and their bank accounts and dividing the proceeds up among those who vote for me. My plan is not only to win political power but to go down in history as a secular saint. Make your campaign contributions to me large and soon, or you’ll be on my list.