ALREADY THERE ARE MAJOR CHANGES
It is difficult not to reach for superlatives in reacting to the Obama administration taking form as we talk. A frequent charge leveled at him during the presidential campaign was that he and his 'cronies' were elitists. The term elitism was not intended to be complimentary implying egotistical, snobby, know-it-all-ism, smugly condescending and the likes. This view of elitism is perfectly understandable when viewing the expressed values of those who tagged Obama an 'elitist.'
The anti elitists - in the negative sense of the term - have valued the appearance of 'nice-guy ism', one-liner-isms, dumb down, over simplify complex issues, extremism over balance, secrecy over transparency, crisis intervention, shoot from the hip-ism, over valuing feelings while devaluing objective thinking, faith over facts, reaction over reflection.
Elitism is the belief or attitude that those individuals who are considered members of the elite Â— a select group of people with outstanding personal abilities, intellect, wealth, specialized training or experience, or other distinctive attributes Â— are those whose views on a matter are to be taken the most seriously or carry the most weight; whose views and/or actions are most likely to be constructive to society as a whole; or whose extraordinary skills, abilities or wisdom render them especially fit to govern "
Applying this definition of elitism to the evolving Obama cabinet it is obvious that there have already occurred significant changes. How remarkable it is that virtually every cabinet choice so far has been a person of demonstrated experience, high character, well liked and respected, relatively non partisan, extraordinarily well educated, sensitive, open to alternative points of view, clear senses of themselves, decent, pragmatic, humorous, and professional in the finest sense of this term.
We have in the makings the start of an important psychological, philosophical, sociological, political, and scientific experiment. We know too well the pathetic, poor results of the present administrations lame attempts to govern utilizing an decidedly anti elitist - in the best sense - mentality. They will leave office with the worst rating of any administration in our history.
Now we will see what can happen when there is a true elitist administration - in the best sense of this term - planning, and administrating, the government. The cynics among us will argue that they are all a bunch of crooks. I would suggest they hold their fire and watch what unfolds.
All people are created equal but there are significant differences. We will be a witness to whther or not those qualities associated with the positive definition of elitism does or does not result in meaningful changes - changes which most of us haqve been hungering for for the last seven plus years.