Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Words of the Weasel : Establishment

We have a Republican establishment, and a Democratic establishment.  Up until very lately, the establishment was the parties elected officials, and appointed office holders, people whose day jobs were politics or politicking.   
   Lately, fringe groups in either party have been using "establishment" as an epithet for people who don't share their politics.  This may be true, the establishment is concerned with getting re-elected, making deals, and as a rule is much less ideological than the fringe groups.
   But we are always going to have an establishment, meaning the office holding political professionals.  Get used to it, someone has to do it.  And most of these people are trying to get something done, and they all learn that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. 

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