Wednesday, December 17, 2008

American 'Nobility'?

From MSNBC's Tom Curry, a look at our country's growing genetic / hereditary aristocracy :

Is America's political 'nobility' undemocratic?

"WASHINGTON - “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States,” reads Article I of the Constitution.

Yet with their fondness for political dynasties, American voters have created their own notion of modern nobility: families such as the Kennedys, the Rockefellers, the Bushes, and the Bidens who win political office generation after generation.

Eleven current members of the Senate are the children of former senators or governors, or the spouses of former senators, governors, and even a president."

Notably, Curry throws the would-be Biden succession into this "un-democratic" mix :

"A Delaware 'seat warmer'?

Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner recently named Ted Kaufman, an adviser to Joe Biden, to fill the vice president-elect's Senate seat until a 2010 special election.

Some observers believe Kaufman is keeping the seat warm for Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Joe Biden's son, should he decide to run in 2010."

1 comment:

Brian Miller said...

We can thank laws restricting ballot access and "campaign finance reform" laws that restrict freedom of speech for the continued establishment of New American Royalty.