You’re a Horse, They’ve Got Spurs
Understanding Elitist Washington D.C.
by Robert Wenzel
Economic Policy Journal
When Charlie Sheen tweeted this yesterday, I knew he was in Washington D.C.:
…in car with Police escort in front and rear! driving like someone’s about to deliver a baby! Cop car lights #Spinning!
Since I travel a lot, I get to see the eccentricities of different cities, but nothing prepares you for the elitist nature of Washington D.C.
It’s common to be stopped from crossing a street, as the President or some other “dignitary” passes by. Sometimes the wait can be pretty long. At other times, you just see police escorts speed by that require other cars to pull to the side. This activity always reminds me of the old films that show scenes from the old Soviet Union, where a Soviet leader with police escorts pulls into the Kremlin.
But D.C. is even more obscene about the entire thing. While the Metro police conduct random searches in the D.C. subway of the general public who are carrying packages, brief cases, etc. The elite get the masses pushed out of their way. And the “elite” are pretty much whomever the powers that be decide are the elite. Famous actors and actresses fall in this category.