July 29th, 2014

Kerry the Cargo Cultist

The kindest thing you can say about John Kerry’s behavior during the Gaza/Israel negotiations is that he is in way over his head. To believe that you’d have to believe he means well, which I don’t think is true.

But let’s say for the sake of argument that it is, as Ralph Peters said last night on Megyn Kelly’s show—I can’t find the quote, but I heard him say that Kerry is not malevolent, he’s just a “small man,” and that when he negotiates with representatives from Qatar and Turkey, he’s “not the smartest man in the room.”

It struck me that calling Kerry “small” is interesting, because one thing we can agree on about Kerry is that he’s a tall man: 6′ 4″. We make jokes about his almost acromegalish jaw (“why the long face, John?”) but that’s part of why, even as a young man newly come back from Vietnam, he always had a certain impressive gravitas.

And it struck me also that this might be the sum total of why he has risen to the heights he has, that and his ability to promote himself. He has never seemed especially bright or accomplished, and certainly never especially likeable. But he always looked like a senator, and so instead of playing one on TV he became one.

Politics isn’t the only thing Kerry ever did; he was a prosecutor for a while. But it’s the main thing he’s done, and although it’s hard to point to any specific accomplishments of his even in politics, he still managed to almost become president. I maintain that it’s because he’s the perfect cargo cult senator, presidential nominee, and now Secretary of State. He looks a certain way, and sounds a certain way, and our society has devolved to the point where looking like something is considered good enough. Why should skills be necessary, as well? The simulacrum of the thing is enough.

38 Responses to “Kerry the Cargo Cultist”

  1. mousebert Says:

    “agromegalish” Do you mean acromegalish as in acromegaly?

  2. CV Says:

    “Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence,” Napoleon supposedly said. Kerry was smart enough to marry well, which means he can afford to continue playing his role(s) to the hilt.

    Along those lines, I think he believes that as SOS he must play the part of “the great negotiator.” Which might ultimately make him yet another of his boss’s useful idiots. POTUS does have a knack for picking them (see Biden, Joe.)

  3. T Says:

    “. . .our society has devolved to the point where looking like something is considered good enough.”

    I disagree in that I don’t think it’s been a devolution. I think that our society has always been like this. FDR was rarely shown in his wheelchair and even had the modesty panel built into the Resolute desk to obscure it. Con artists rely on their appearance (visual or cyber) all the time. The idea of looking like something one is not is a classic defense strategy even in the animal world (e.g., the Viceroy v. the Monarch butterfly, the walking stick, etc.).

    I think that it takes a special mind and a certain willingness to not run with the herd (which, IMO is manifested by many commenters here) to not be influenced by this common trait.

    Tangential but related: I was watching a (2004) special about Peter, Paul and Mary on PBS the other night and one of them noted how exciting it was to sing in 1963 at MLK Jr’s “I have a Dream” rally. Look at all these people out there and, yes we don’t have to think like everyone else–we can think independently. I laughed. Look at all those people out there thinking that they were thinking independently when all they were really doing was choosing to travel in yet a different herd.

  4. Artfldgr Says:

    basically goofus grew up and now we have president urkel, vp goofus, and herman munster making our society better…

  5. T Says:

    With regard to Kerry, I find it difficult to ignore Winston Churchill’s 70 year old admonishment of Neville Chamberlain:

    “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You have chosen dishonor. You will have war.”

    Nothing new under the sun!

  6. T Says:

    Don’t insult Herman Munster; it would be an improvement.

  7. Artfldgr Says:

    We make jokes about his almost agromegalish jaw (“why the long face, John?”) but that’s part of why, even as a young man newly come back from Vietnam, he always had a certain impressive gravitas.

    makes humans no better swordtail fish who will mate with males that have long tails indicating ‘maleness’

  8. T Says:

    Ace (ace.mu.nu) has a great post up commenting on both David Harsanyi’s article and an articvle in the Wall St. Journal. Ace quotes (WSJ):

    . . . this Administration seems to believe that merely enunciating good intentions will yield good outcomes.

    Well, duh! That’s fundamentally what Progressivism is all about; weigh good intentions, rather than achievable results; #hashtag diplomacy; the nanny state, etc.

    Progressivism continues its date with the mugger named “Reality”.

  9. Artfldgr Says:

    And it struck me also that this might be the sum total of why he has risen to the heights he has, that and his ability to promote himself.

    BEEZER BEEP>>>> nope

    John Kerry is married to whom?

    Teresa Heinz Kerry is a Portuguese-American philanthropist, heiress and businesswoman who has a net worth of $200 million. Teresa Heinz Kerry gained her net worth as an Heiress of H.J. Heinz company and as a successful businesswoman in her own right.

    Mom Simões Ferreira married Senator Henry John Heinz III, an heir to the H. J. Heinz Company. In 1971

    In 1990, she met Senator Kerry at an Earth Day rally. This was the only reported time they met before Senator Heinz died in a plane crash on April 4, 1991. In 1992, they met again, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She was a member of a State Department delegation appointed by then-President George H. W. Bush. Their courtship began in 1993, and they were married May 26, 1995, on Nantucket, Massachusetts. Choosing to remain registered as a Republican until John Kerry’s presidential bid in 2004, she kept her name Teresa Heinz.

    the old wealthy families have a long history of uplifting husbands of not so good birth to their level by bestowing upon them things

    and WHO was Hienz FATHER?

    H. J. Heinz II: educated at Choate, graduated from Yale University, where he was a member of the Skull and Bones secret society, and also graduated from Oxford University

    Skull and Bones is an undergraduate senior secret society at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. It is the oldest senior class landed society at Yale. The society’s alumni organization, the Russell Trust Association, owns the society’s real estate and oversees the organization. The society is known informally as “Bones”, and members are known as “Bonesmen”

    The Russell Trust Association is the business name for the New Haven, Connecticut based Skull and Bones society, incorporated in 1856

    The Russell Trust was incorporated by William Huntington Russell as its president, and Daniel Coit Gilman as its first treasurer. Gilman later went on to become president of the University of California at Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University before leaving to become the first president of the Carnegie Foundation. Gilman also served as one of the first board members of the Russell Sage Foundation.

    and so… directly connected to the old blood that runs things and is very secretive… after all… the carnegie foundation is responsible for a lot of educational changes in the US…

    Other alumni, such as John Kerry and R. Inslee Clark, Jr., spoke out in favor of admitting women. The dispute was highlighted on an editorial page of The New York Times

    so a bonesman marries a woman who is related to the people that originated skull and bones and some of the most manipulative groups in US politics.

    the most influential men of Bones…

    William Howard Taft – Class of 1878
    Amos Alonzo Stagg – Class of 1888
    William Averill Harriman – Class of 1913
    Archibald MacLeish – Class of 1915
    Prescott Bush – Class of 1916
    Robert Lovett – Class of 1918
    Henry Luce – Class of 1920
    Potter Stewart – Class of 1936
    McGeorge Bundy – Class of 1940
    George Herbert Walker Bush – Class of 1948
    William F. Buckley Jr. – Class 0f 1950
    John F. Kerry – Class of 1966
    George W. Bush – Class of 1968
    Stephen A. Schwarzman – Class of 1969
    Austan Goolsbee – Class of 1991

    The best of the rest…

    Franklin MacVeagh, Class of 1862
    Walter Camp, Class of 1880
    Henry Sloane Coffin, Class of 1897
    Percy Rockefeller, Class of 1900
    H. J. Heinz II, Class of 1931
    William Sloane Coffin, Class of 1949
    Evan G. Galbraith, Class of 1950
    David McCullough, Class of 1955
    Dana Milbank, Class of 1990

    and you think it was his JAW that got him things?
    ha… thats real funny…

    Note: The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc.

    you mean the same TIME magazine that made hitler a man of the year? stalin man of the year? mao man of the year? obama man of the year?

    hmmmm…. nothing to see here… its the stuff people dont want to know about reality, as they prefer the stuff they think they know.

    these are the people who came up with multiculturalism, and molding society, and so on… heads of the press, the church, politics, business… etc

  10. Mac Says:

    “…a certain impressive gravitas…” etc.

    Yes, true–but not always. Sometimes he strikes me as the archetype of the WASP blueblood who can dress and act the part by instinct on a social level, but is actually a moron–the American equivalent of Monty Python’s upper class twit. (Technically he’s not a WASP, but he sure fits the stereotype.) I mean, sometimes I see his face and the word that comes immediately to mind is “fatuous.”

  11. Artfldgr Says:

    by the way… if you check out the bonifides and history of the people all connected here, you get things like this

    William Averill Harriman
    an American Democratic Party politician, businessman, and diplomat. He was the son of railroad baron E. H. Harriman. He served as Secretary of Commerce under President Harry S. Truman and later as the 48th Governor of New York. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1952, and again in 1956 when he was endorsed by President Truman but lost to Adlai Stevenson both times. Harriman served President Franklin D. Roosevelt as special envoy to Europe and served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union and U.S. Ambassador to Britain. He served in numerous U.S. diplomatic assignments in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He was a core member of the group of foreign policy elders known as “The Wise Men”.

    Harriman was a close friend of Hall Roosevelt, the brother of Eleanor Roosevelt.

    oh… you mean the people from last century that tried to make a socialist state of the US are STILL IN THE GAME?

    i said… trace back players as this is a miltigenerational project, like a gothic cathedral…with the job and stuff being passed down by people with the right chops and connections

    and of course.. they ALL have odd ties to various socialisms in the world, like Hitlers germany

    While Averell Harriman served as Senior Partner of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., Harriman Bank was the main Wall Street connection for German companies and the varied U.S. financial interests of Fritz Thyssen, who had been an early financial backer of the Nazi party until 1938, but who by 1939 had fled Germany and was bitterly denouncing Adolf Hitler.

    Under the Trading With the Enemy Act (enacted October 6, 1917), business transactions for profit with Nazi Germany were illegal when Hitler declared war on the United States. On October 20, 1942, the U.S. government ordered the seizure of Nazi German banking operations in New York City

    and of course.. these are members of the CFR, and the bilderbergs and the trilateral commission..

    here is his legacy at the CFR

    and of course they leave out kerrys MIDDLE NAME
    John Forbes Kerry

    John Forbes Kerry was born on December 11, 1943 in Aurora, Colorado, at Fitzsimons Army Hospital to diplomat Richard John Kerry (1915–2000) and World War II nurse Rosemary Isabel Forbes (1913–2002).

    Richard John Kerry was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Austrian-born shoe merchant Frederick A. “Fred” Kerry (May 11, 1873 – November 23, 1921) and Hungarian-born musician Ida Lowe (February 20, 1877 – January 19, 1960)

    Rosemary Isabel Forbes was a nurse, social activist. She was one of eleven children of James Grant Forbes of the Protestant Forbes family and Margaret Tyndal Winthrop of the Dudley–Winthrop family.

    The Forbes family is a wealthy extended American family originating in Boston. The family’s fortune originates from trading between North America and China in the 19th century plus other investments in the same period. The name descends from Scottish immigrants, and can be traced back to Sir John de Forbes in Scotland in the 12th century. Notable family members are businessman John Murray Forbes (1813–1898), part of the first generation who accumulated wealth, and politician John Forbes Kerry (born 1943).

    so old money, marries old money to make alliances which was how europe and the world was ruled for centuries… if not millinea

    yeah… you guys would ahve guessed all this if you didnt know…

    sorry… i guess its verbal diarhea again..

  12. Artfldgr Says:

    Technically he’s not a WASP, but he sure fits the stereotype.

    nope… the WASP Forbes family who he is related to arent wasps…

  13. Artfldgr Says:

    this time…
    without others, i think the Jews are in trouble

    OBAMA: Muslims built ‘the very fabric of our nation’…


    A collection of labor unions is demanding that leaders of California’s Oakland Unified School District allow a lesson plan that compares convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to appear on the district’s website.


    “Death to the Jews” chanted the crowd waving the black flags of the Islamic State, or ISIS as it used to be known. They were looking for new supporters for their cause, the creation of a worldwide caliphate answering to the man who now calls himself Ibrahim: a zealot too radical even for Al Qaeda who has stormed through Syria and Iraq carrying out mass executions, crucifying rivals, beheading enemies. But these marchers were not in Syria or Iraq; they were in The Hague in The Netherlands.


    Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors.


    Top Israeli Official To Obama: ‘Leave Us Alone’…

    US fumes over Israel’s treatment of Kerry…

    Relations ‘meltdown’…


    Conflict ‘Sharpening Tensions’ Between Jews, Palestinians In USA…

    Conflict ‘Sharpening Tensions’ Between Jews, Palestinians In USA…

    Exodus: Why Europe’s Jews Are Fleeing Once Again

    even the huffingon post reports but does not realize the part they are plauing in it as well

    France’s Jews Flee As Rioters Burn Paris Shops, Attack Synagogue

    Rising tide of anti-semitism in Britain as Jewish people face backlash over bloodshed in Gaza

    New York City attacks on Jews triples in 2013, Anti-Defamation League says

    Thugs target Jews in sick ‘knockout’ game [of course the jewish author decides to erase all the white guys being attacked and like the shoa, make it a jewish only thing… not good for sympathy and such… but hey! not like the victims actually think that matters)

    but its easy to see why they think they way they do, you only have to read the wiki for nazi

    The Nazis were strongly influenced by the post–World War I far-right in Germany, which held common beliefs such as anti-Marxism, anti-liberalism, and antisemitism, along with nationalism

    see? they have the stalinist line…

    yes. the socialist movement was anti marxism
    and the liberalization of the society, did nothing towards creatring the conditions for hitler (and copied here)

    oh well
    i find it funny that people here will say, those that refuse to learn from history, then go on refusing to learn anyting from history!

    “I used to think the problem was Washington,” added New York Times columnist David Brooks. “Now I think the problem is the country.” david brooks basically saying the people of the USA are not worthy of our leadership…

  14. Language Bully Says:

    Mousebert beat me to it.

  15. Ray Says:

    John Kerry has always been a self promoter. That’s how he got three purple hearts in four months in Vietnam. Kerry’s 3 Purple Hearts, all granted after he recommended himself, are still contentious to this day. Reports indicate in every instance his ‘wounds’ were so superficial, and possibly self inflicted, that he never spent a day in a hospital.

  16. Gringo Says:

    Ray, an ex military man once commented here on Kerry’s medals. He made the point that some people who deserve medals don’t get them, and some people who get medals don’t deserve them. Which would make debate about Kerry’s worthiness somewhat pointless.

    Nonetheless, I find it amusing that he got Purple Hearts for wounds less grievous than I suffered for playing sandlot soccer and football.

    JFK definitely showed himself to be a self promoter.
    A further point about his medals and time in Vietnam is that anyone who gets out of his final 8 months of duty in Vietnam for such “wounds” is very adept at gaming the system. I can’t fault JFK for gaming the system. I and millions of other draft age males during the Vietnam War also gamed the system. But Kerry’s gaming the system certainly shows what a fraud his “reporting for duty” schtick was.

  17. blert Says:

    It was simple Simon to avoid Vietnam during the era: just volunteer for the US Army.

    Volunteers were allowed to pick their MOS. (Military Occupational Specialty)

    In which case, one volunteers for Air Defense — that is AAA. (Anti-Aircraft Artillery)

    In all of Southeast Asia there is not ONE AAA unit. They are all stationed in Germany, Europe, generally!

    You end up learning a second language and how to drink beer.

    Advancement in rank comes rapidly. Other than volunteers, AAA units have such a low priority that they remained under-manned all during the Vietnam War. Cute.

    Many other similar billets existed. The key thing was to volunteer… Like into the US Coast Guard. I knew of one fella that saved Newport Beach from a Diesel crisis every weekend.

    Morale was always high in such units, volunteers almost without exception.

  18. Artfldgr Says:

    It was simple Simon to avoid Vietnam during the era: just volunteer for the US Army.

    i thought you were going to say:
    just become a fulbright scholar to russia, the way bill clinton did.

  19. Roy Lofquist Says:

    A horse walks into the bar and the bartender says “Why the long face?”.

    Kerry walks into the bar and the bartender says “Get the f*** out of here.”.

  20. Ann Says:

    Kerry is not just a member of the Forbes family, but also the Winthrop family, and the Winthrops are at the very top of the Boston Brahmin chain.

    And you got to give him credit for some smarts in being able to pass himself off as Irish for so very long. That had to be a very strong factor in his winning elective office in Massachusetts in the first place.

  21. parker Says:

    Out here in flyover country there are no aristocrats. Everyone knows you and your family history. What is valued is your character. I am surrounded by people who value a strong work ethic, politeness, and a sense that neighbors take care of neighbors. Its been that way for all of my 67 years.

    Too bad the rest of America has lost those values for the most part. What does this have to do with Kerry? We don’t need no stinking brahmins.

  22. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    “our society has devolved to the point where looking like something is considered good enough.” neo

    I agree and we have Hollywood and TV to thank for it. ‘Look hot and be cool’ is the mantra. The human race has always been susceptible to charisma, physical beauty and a melodious voice but in the past an inordinately tall man with an emaciated face and a high thin voice could debate a more physically attractive man with a melodious voice and hold his own because the audience focused upon what they were saying. I’m referring to the Lincoln – Douglas debates of course.

    Lincoln lost the Illinois Senate election for which he debated, published his debate speeches in book form afterward and was the Republican nominee for the Presidency less than two years later. Could that happen today, to a man equally unattractive?

    As for Kerry, self-promotion is his first and last concern. Artfldgr is right to point to Kerry’s social class’ support for him as significant but IMO moves into tin-foil territory in his conspiracy of the rich and influential thesis. I have no doubt that the very rich and old families wield considerable influence and political leverage but there is little to no evidence of an ‘Illuminati of the Wealthy’.

  23. NeoConScum Says:

    First wife had a mere $300-million… Heinz widow had north of a $-Billion…. Life is tough, John Boy.

    I can still hear the Loathsome Twit saying,”GGGggggggggeeeeeeeggggggiiiiisssss KKKkkkhhhhhaaaaaaaannnnnnnnn..” 43 or 44-years ago in congressional testimony. What a Punk. A Moral Midget.

  24. Ymarsakar Says:

    This was the only reported time they met before Senator Heinz died in a plane crash on April 4, 1991.

    How convenient.

    Of course, having a Senator in the family makes it easy to make money. After all, when a family business gets in the way, all you have to do is to eliminate them using government power.

  25. Peter Says:

    I would say that the same phenomenon would partially explain the success of Obama except with him it is his voice that carries the gravitas. Imagine him sounding like Mike Tyson and ask yourself how far he would have risen. With that voice and his bland flat emotional affect the perfect career for Obama would have been as a news anchorman. Unfortunately he, along with a big assist from the media, conned a confused and misled country into electing him president.

  26. kcom Says:

    I was flabbergasted when he was nominated for the Sec State job. I’d heard rumors of it but I always laughed out loud at them. He’s such a putz. Who could think that was possibly a good idea? Obama, I guess. And, of course, the Senate did nothing to interfere. And wouldn’t have even if in Republican hands, what with the old boy Senate network and all.

  27. SteveS Says:

    If John Kerry had been able to find Marlon Brando in the jungle up around the Cambodian border, he would be President today. As it is, he is an errand boy, sent by fixers and ward heelers. It is what it is.

  28. Mac Says:

    By “technically not a WASP” I’m referring to the fact that Kerry himself was raised Catholic and continues to be officially Catholic. But I think his WASP roots are deeper.

  29. Beverly Says:

    He is an Otiose Gasbag.
    A gigolo.
    And a Traitor.

  30. Beverly Says:

    oh, no you don’t — this WASP cries foul. Catholic vs. Protestant isn’t a matter of ancestry, but of religious ties.

    you can’t get rid of him that easily. 😉

  31. Artfldgr Says:

    Out here in flyover country there are no aristocrats

    what? are you serious?
    you have the “east egg” / “west egg” – great gatsby thing


    i would take a look here if you can

    my first real girlfriend was a social register deb

    in the east they are called debutant balls
    in the fly over country they are Cotillians

    A cotillion or débutante ball in the United States is a formal presentation of young ladies, débutantes, to “polite society,” typically hosted by a charity or society. The ladies introduced can vary from the ages of 16 to 21 (younger ages are more typical of Southern regions, while older are more common place in the North;) in some areas 15 and 16-year-olds are called “junior débutantes.”

    The most prestigious and most exclusive debutante ball in the United States is the International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, where girls of distinction of mainly ‘old money’ families are presented to high society.

    Every débutante must perform a curtsy also known as the St. James Bow or a full court bow, with the exception of Texas débutantes presenting at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, who perform the ‘Texas Dip.’

    Débutante balls exist in nearly every major city in the United States but are more common and larger affairs in the American South. The Christmas Cotillion in Savannah, Georgia, first held in 1817, is the oldest Débutante ball in the United States. Many cities such as Dallas and Atlanta have several balls in a season. Dallas, for example, is home of the traditional Idlewild organization, as well as more modern organizations such as The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Presentation Ball and La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas, both of which benefit charities. The National Cotillion and Thanksgiving Ball of Washington, DC, hosted by Miss Mary-Stuart Montague Price, has met every November for over 60 years with proceeds going to Children’s Hospital. In New Orleans, Louisiana, a débutante is usually presented during the Carnival season

    the point is that they dont want you to know them, and so on… so they LIKE that you dont..

    the family i wa with owned at least one Faberge egg
    of course, a socialist friend lambasts me that this is impossible… but i held it in my hand and got to play with it.

    and then there was the faberge egg that recently was given to a scrap yard- and one at a yeard sale:

    and the 33 million scrap metal


    its very frustrating that people speak with authority about things they have no idea of. they do not realize that they are doing the lefts work for them. basically pissing into the well of the common mind!

    MOST will not marry someone who is NOT in the register. they do, but not that often. the ones that do, are ones that dont care much about that whole gig, have their cash and are happy. most politicos and others who want to be a part of the moving and shaking in the world, they will look to the social register and the debutante balls and other such stuff that rubes are not allowed to be part of. except when hired to serve cannope, caviar with creme fresh, etc

    i have tried to let people know that much of my information and things comes from my relationships with such people, not just histories.

    one of the most beautiful things her family collected were faberge floral arangements. i have mentioned them before, but only people in the social arena even know they exist.

    she liked to go window shopping at Harry Winstons. but not in the downstairs, the upstairs private area. (harry winstons specializes in the most luxurious jewelary… with neckclasses easily toping 10 million)


    and if you like some special stuff, you can go to la veile russie..


    you can get faberge and russian artifacts there… note that they used to have a watch that i pined for, and now my son is a naval officer (who will ahve access to such people), i regret that i did not buy it. it was a pocket watch made in the late 1700s early 1800s out of whale ivory… the whole thing… hand carved ivory gears

    and if you want a watch, rolex is a joke
    you want to buy from Breuget…


    Putin has a Breuget collection..
    i am very partial to their pocket watches and other timepeices…

    by the way…
    who do you think owns the arabian horses in kentucky?


    its amazing… IF you know where to look and know people… otherwise. the world might not even exist to you.

  32. Artfldgr Says:

    I think his WASP roots are deeper…

    White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) is an informal term, sometimes derogatory or disparaging for a closed group of high-status Americans of English Protestant ancestry. The term applies to a group believed to control disproportionate social and financial power The term WASP does not describe every Protestant of English background, but rather a small restricted group whose family wealth and elite connections allow them a degree of privilege held by few others.

    The first published mention of the term WASP was provided by political scientist Andrew Hacker in 1957, indicating WASP was already used as common terminology among American sociologists, though the “W” stands for “Wealthy” rather than “White”:

    hey are ‘WASPs’—in the cocktail party jargon of the sociologists. That is, they are wealthy, they are Anglo-Saxon in origin, and they are Protestants (and disproportionately Episcopalian). To their Waspishness should be added the tendency to be located on the eastern seaboard or around San Francisco, to be prep school and Ivy League educated, and to be possessed of inherited wealth

    – Andrew Hacker

    Andrew Hacker coined the term in the 1950s..
    [so if you hear or see it in a movie whose history predates that time and they use the term. ring the buzzer!]

    here is FORBES magazine
    Celebrate The Wasp

    Why can’t Americans lay aside the dreary, formulaic trope of ethnic or class adversity as the only life story that makes us legitimate?

    This is the compulsory narrative of the permanent revolution.

    It assumes that no one made it to the top in a short leap from a stable middle class. Nobody was driven to do great things by the multi-generational happiness of being American. It means that we don’t celebrate and add to what’s there, but must overthrow it every generation. So to get things in perspective, let us praise Wasp culture for a moment and see how it feels.

    the funny thing is that its not as closed as it was, as they marry… and thye tend to marry social debutants.

    t was the Wasps, let us not forget, who invented the Constitution and other political scriptures we now glory in. The Wasps fought the Civil War to eradicate slavery. Sure they fought it on both sides, many to retain it, but enough of endless self-flagellation. It was the Wasp cousins, the British, who first outlawed it, followed by the U.S., while it continued elsewhere in the world unabated–in the Muslim world, in various forms in Africa, and in China (eunuchs), Russia (serfdom) and elsewhere. Wasps fought off Spanish monarchical Imperialism at the Alamo and in California. There’s a reason Latin Americans prefer to come north, and it isn’t–or shouldn’t be–to bring their unmodified values here

    yes… you guys and myself, owe what we wish to defend to the WASPS… but now, thanks to the perpetual revoution of trotsky, they are not wealthy, they are white… they are not the source of freedom in the world, they are despots.

    yes. some are not so nice. but consistently, they have defned the US… now. if the people of the US want to hurt them, there is going to come a rekoning where thye will not save us from ourselves. will they?

    then again… maybe they will.
    but note, we who gab and dont even know the history and all that, are not part of this game.

    the parents and others of that click i have known most of my life, they admire my pluck, my desire to work hard and achieve, and they especially regard my old world manners at the table, the customs, and even the ability to talk about histories that the common man has no idea of.

    did you think i learned all this to impress people on a blog?

    my family was and lost their titles back home, and so, we came here, janitors with upper class breeding.

    now i am just a tall poppy that has to be sliced down

  33. neo-neocon Says:

    mousebert and Language Bully:

    Thanks, yes, that was a typo. I just fixed it.

  34. Eczema Says:

    T said: “I disagree in that I don’t think it’s been a devolution. I think that our society has always been like this. FDR…” etc

    Interesting. I always agreed with the OP’s take before, but now I wonder if you’re not right. The rise of mass media in the 20th Century may have simply lent national stakes to the superficiality and narrativism that has always defined us as humans, and more particularly as Americans.

    In any case, one thing that is abundantly clear is that John Kerry looks and sounds much more intelligent than he is. From the content of his words on paper to the content of his standardized testing to his lack of even Obama’s shallow conversational acuity, it’s been observable since 2003 that there’s no “there” there.

    There’s nothing wrong with this. What’s embarrassing is the number of people in our society who think that John Kerry is smart, especially compared to George Bush who is stupid. Even when I hear this from people I expect, like registered Socialist liberal arts professors, it’s distressing. His aura of intelligence so obviously a trick of poise and deportment that it’s hard to imagine its courteous presumption being extended to anyone who wasn’t at the top of a Democratic ticket, much less a Republican counterpart.

  35. edj Says:

    I think you have stated it perfectly! Amusing and depressing.

  36. John Kerry: Cargo Cult Politician Says:

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  37. Parker Converse Says:

    I was crew aboard a sailing vessel years old and we’d gone to Nantucket to race in the Opera Cup. This race is limited to “classic” sailing yachts. John Kerry was there and had chartered a beautiful 120′ foot boat that was built for the America’s Cup. What is so memorable about this particular race was that particular year we brisk winds of 30-35 knots. While most of us went out and raced Senator Kerry decided it was too windy and withdrew. From the other comments and observing his performance of Secretary of State I would just say this is about what you’d expect of this particular empty suit. I’m just grateful I didn’t have to serve next to this pompous fool in Vietnam. How he ever got elected to the Senate after his disgraceful war record is a mystery to me.

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