American Conservative Party: Angelo Codevilla and “America’s Ruling Class”

Butch Porter at

Absolutely the best article of the last decade regarding the bipartisan ruling elite of the United States. It’s a long article (long enough to even warrant a booklet), and worth a full read from beginning to end. Angelo Codevilla, American Ruling Class and the Perils of Revolution in the Weekly Spectator.

A very brief excerpt…(but read the whole thing, especially the part about the “Country Party toward the end):

…Although after the election of 2008 most Republican office holders argued against the Troubled Asset Relief Program, against the subsequent bailouts of the auto industry, against the several “stimulus” bills and further summary expansions of government power to benefit clients of government at the expense of ordinary citizens, the American people had every reason to believe that many Republican politicians were doing so simply by the logic of partisan opposition. After all, Republicans had been happy enough to approve of similar things under Republican administrations. Differences between Bushes, Clintons, and Obamas are of degree, not kind. Moreover, 2009-10 establishment Republicans sought only to modify the government’s agenda while showing eagerness to join the Democrats in new grand schemes, if only they were allowed to. Sen. Orrin Hatch continued dreaming of being Ted Kennedy, while Lindsey Graham set aside what is true or false about “global warming” for the sake of getting on the right side of history. No prominent Republican challenged the ruling class’s continued claim of superior insight, nor its denigration of the American people as irritable children who must learn their place. The Republican Party did not disparage the ruling class, because most of its officials are or would like to be part of it.

Never has there been so little diversity within America’s upper crust. Always, in America as elsewhere, some people have been wealthier and more powerful than others. But until our own time America’s upper crust was a mixture of people who had gained prominence in a variety of ways, who drew their money and status from different sources and were not predictably of one mind on any given matter. The Boston Brahmins, the New York financiers, the land barons of California, Texas, and Florida, the industrialists of Pittsburgh, the Southern aristocracy, and the hardscrabble politicians who made it big in Chicago or Memphis had little contact with one another. Few had much contact with government, and “bureaucrat” was a dirty word for all. So was “social engineering.” Nor had the schools and universities that formed yesterday’s upper crust imposed a single orthodoxy about the origins of man, about American history, and about how America should be governed. All that has changed…

Angelo has been nominated for “Conservative Thinker of the Year” for the first annual Conservative Leadership Recognition Dinner in the D.C. area on September 17th.

3 thoughts on “American Conservative Party: Angelo Codevilla and “America’s Ruling Class”

  1. '..... the serious side of free speech ' [Lake]

    Butch Porter at

    is more correct, but the notice in the ‘instant case’ / ‘front page’ article will get you there!

    thanks for Louisiana national convention up date.

    for a while I thot it was canceled

    I tell ya (again) you might want to contact, on the QT, each and every state Constitution Party organization, especially in the south west and the south.

    I am just saying that the CP has gone from ‘kinda third place kinda tie’ to a solid sixth! The troops are unhappy, some very unhappy!

    May be out of business by 2020! Not every one likes the fakey dakey Pastor Chuck Baldwin and or the unethical ‘Veterans Association’.

    The organization has nothing to do with the plight of former military and every thing to do with a cynical puke based partisan recruiting tool!

  2. Don Grundmann

    The Constitution Party represents the 3rd party conservative movement in our nation. Don Lake is a betrayer of that movement and of our nation by A) his support of the traitors to our nation who have attacked the movement, and B) his own personal corruption which is totally opposite conservative principles. The CP stands in defense of veterans in all aspects of life while Lake falsely promotes himself as their defender while he betrays them just as he does the nation as a whole by his support of the enemies of our nation; specifically the ADL ( Anti-Defamation League ) and the SPLC ( Southern Poverty law Center ). The CP will withstand the attack upon it by traitors to the nation such as Lake and his superiors.

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Vice-Chairman American Independent Party, California bracnch of the Constitution Party

  3. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

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