We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Late, Great American WASP - The old U.S. ruling class had plenty of problems. But are we really better off with a country run by the self-involved, over-schooled products of modern meritocracy?
... the WASP elite had dignity and an impressive sense of social responsibility. In a 1990 book called "The Way of the Wasp," Richard Brookhiser held that the chief WASP qualities were "success depending on industry; use giving industry its task; civic-mindedness placing obligations on success, and antisensuality setting limits to the enjoyment of it; conscience watching over everything."
Under WASP hegemony, corruption, scandal and incompetence in high places weren't, as now, regular features of public life. Under WASP rule, stability, solidity, gravity and a certain weight and aura of seriousness suffused public life. As a ruling class, today's new meritocracy has failed to provide the positive qualities that older generations of WASPs provided.
Only WASPS know what "NOCD" means - but we often marry outside our tribe nowadays, just as Jews do. I am a loyal tribalist, myself. I think it works out for the best, speaking the same language, having the same social, psychological, moral, and behavioral expectations, finding familial comfort after the cultural adventures of youth. Every tribe has its own snobbery, its own unspoken language, and its own zone of comfort. Birds of a feather...We recognize our own peeps in an instant.
My tribe, my cultural ways, may not be dominant in the US anymore but, like other American subcultures, we retain and protect our ways of living and of doing the things we do within our own domains. There are lots of those domains left, but mostly private - and churches.
We're only letting them think we're not dominant any more. More rubble, less trouble from the other sorts, don'cha know?
The Good Shepherd:
Joseph Palmi: Let me ask you something... we Italians, we got our families, and we got the church; the Irish, they have the homeland, Jews their tradition; even the niggers, they got their music. What about you people, Mr. Wilson, what do you have?
Edward Wilson: The United States of America. The rest of you are just visiting.
Yes, you've degraded to protecting or propagating your own tribe as a demographic as opposed to practicing what you claim your people's purpose and strength have been-- that of being socially responsible by combating corruption and cynicism.
The WASP sting is trivial nowadays when psycho bent queen bees and their drones have taken ova.
I confess that the article lost much of its impact with me when the author identified George F. Kennan as a WASP. IIRC, Kennan in his autobiography mentioned how out of place he felt on arrival at Princeton. He put his own background in the Great Plains where the left wing ideas of social justice and such were essentially unknown and had no social basis.
That George Kennan was not born into the Northeast WASP elite that populated Princeton doesn't mean that he wasn't a WASP. By definition, most WASPS were not from the elite- at least the Northeast WASP elite.
As George Kennan's father was an attorney, and his family tree included a prominent explorer of the same name who had written extensively on his explorations in the Russian Empire, he did have connections to prominent/high achieving/elite WASPs- just not Northeastern ones.
[George Kennan was from Wisconsin, which is not a Great Plains state. Wisconsin had a lot of "social justice," populism and such left wing views percolating. It is no accident that Robert LaFollette Sr. and Jr. the prominent Progressives, were from Wisconsin.]
Hold on--I feel a slight change, a resurgence if you will. The time is coming when WASP people will once again be proud of their traditions--unless, of course all freedom of speech is destroyed. The only place that men such as yourselves (WASP lawyers) failed us miserably is when they refused to organize in small local groups within their own county bar associations. When they refused to allow "lists", and most importantly when they refused to pursue cases against members of that "special tribe". Had WASP lawyers fought for the law--things might have been different right from the beginning of this mess. BTW I believe the beginning began with a case against a WASP farmer in the midwest who rigged a shotgun to go off when a thief was raiding his barn. That was about 40+years ago and there was no outrage then--that case gave the others hope that they could continue to steal through the court system. The thief ended up owning the farm.
A related article from American Spectator: http://spectator.org/articles/34941/missing-wasps
While WASPs provided many benefits, a large number of yesterday's WASPS were, in my opinion, simply politically-connected caretakers and were not much different than many of today's political appointees. In my youth, I worked for one of the oldest of old-line industrial companies that was founded by a famous 19th century industrialist. After the founder exited the firm, the next several generations of WASP managers did very little to move the organization forward. They were just beneficiaries of the original founder's vision and most of the company's operations and technology had not changed.