It is a lazy and dangerous habit to speak about a “political class.”  In a democratic society there should be no such thing.  One of the most subtly destructive things I saw in the recent election in the US was all the talk about whether Sarah Palin — or Obama for that matter — was “qualified” to hold high public office. 

The United States Constitution sets out the qualifications for President and Vice President.  Never should any individual, who meets those Constitutional qualifications, be dubbed “unqualified” by reason of somehow not being sufficiently a part of the “political class.”   A candidate might be inexperienced, or they may have poor skills at this or that task that you feel is important, and you can oppose them for that reason.  But it is I think a sneak-attack on the democratic idea to start talking about normal citizens as somehow “unqualified” for high office.

This “political class” idea has even gone to the heads of some of our leaders.  I have heard that John Kerry, for instance, is known for asking in situations where he is among mere commoners  “Do you know who I am?  I’m a US Senator.”

The response to such arrogance should be, “thanks, Senator.  I’m a US citizen.  I OUTRANK YOU.”

It should be a conservative goal to make our citizens again understand that they are the political class, and the people who today deem themselves “the political class” consist instead and in fact of elected servants.  The next goal would be to get the elected servants to understand this concept.  Many ills would thereby be cured.

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