What The Establishment Really Thinks

Tens of millions of conservative Americans have had it with being patronized in public and viewed as inferiors in private by many liberals in our state capitals, Washington and Hollywood.

We have been reminded of the hazard of opposing the liberal establishment by a series of email messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Once they were made public, Strzok’s obvious hatred of President Donald Trump prompted his removal from the special investigation led by Robert Mueller.

One of Strzok’s emails to Page last August, sums up his attitude: “Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart,” Strzok wrote, “I could SMELL the Trump support …”

It’s another example of how little some folks in “the swamp” think of a very large number of Americans.

By the way, the social swamp extends far beyond the political swamp in Washington. Remember all the entertainers who threatened to leave the country if Trump was elected?

Perhaps the straw that broke the camel’s back was a shot Barack Obama took while running for president in 2008. Speaking at a fundraiser in San Francisco, where the median home value is $1.2 million, Obama referred to frustrated people in industrial towns — he cited Pennsylvania — where the economy had soured.

He declared that, “it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Strzok and Page merely reminded many Americans why they rebelled against the establishment last year. How, Trump voters wondered, can the existing power structure serve them if it doesn’t understand their concerns?

And how much can the establishment be relied upon to help them when it harbors clear, deep dislike for them?

By the way, if you’re very liberal socially and politically, you’re not on the establishment’s Christmas list, either.

Another Strzok messages makes that clear. People planning to vote for Bernie Sanders were “stupid*ss” and “idiots,” he opined.

Are you beginning to get the message? Anyone who bucks the power structure to which many in Washington, Hollywood and New York have become accustomed — and in which they have become very comfortable — is despicable in every way, those entrenched in the establishment believe.

Trump has been criticized — sometimes rightly — for offhand comments via social media. Perhaps it’s a good thing so many in the establishment make the same mistake.

Myer can be reached at: mmyer@theintelligencer.net.