Despite America's great traditions of independence and self-rule, ordinary citizens are losing their freedoms to a swelling group of "bipartisan political elites," Boston University professor Angelo M. Codevilla writes in his new book, The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America And What We Can Do About It.
The book expands on themes of an essay that originally appeared in The American Spectator that ignited a firestorm among opinion leaders and was a topic so hot Rush Limbaugh devoted an entire show to it. The Ruling Class has been hailed as "required reading" and quickly gained a following as one of the most important analyses of modern political thought.
Beyond President Barack Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mr. Codevilla names establishment Republicans and the rich and powerful on Wall Street and in the media who have rallied behind big government policies with their influence. In their elite wisdom, they demean average Americans as "retrograde, racist and dysfunctional."
Codevilla identifies such members of The Ruling Class as Thomas Friedman, Trent Lott, Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, David Frum, and the Service International Employees Union.
According to Codevilla, American society is now divided into The Ruling Class and the Country Class. The Country Class "views the way people live their lives as the result of countless private choices rather than as the consequences of someone else's master plan."
In The Ruling Class, Angelo M. Codevilla reveals:
It is becoming more and more apparent that this Ruling Class does not represent the interests of the majority of Americans, who want to rule themselves and enjoy the freedom on whose promise America was founded. Join the millions of Americans who have begun to shun the Ruling Class and instead are reasserting their right to obey the Constitution.
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Beaufort Books (September, 2010)