One of the many dysfunctional characteristics of modern liberals is the utterly callous treatment of their subordinates. Pre-revolutionary Bourbon nobility had a better grasp on interpersonal relationships than these people.
It is one thing to elevate oneself based on a perceived sense of superiority due to class and education, but the modern liberal takes this to ever-greater heights of arrogance.
In the old days, aristocrats were understood to be responsible for “their people.” Though sometimes patronizing, the concept of noblesse oblige at least offered something for the benefit of the lackey. Modern retainers, on the other hand, get less consideration than the family dog.
This in turn breeds a sense of distrust that can fester into seething resentment. I wonder if this is at the root of the Secret Service’s lackluster efforts. These people are theoretically smart, agile and well-trained. Yet after being used as gophers, procurers and low-rent goons, why bother any more? May as well whore and get drunk – after all, the pay is the same.
The Obama Administration takes it for granted that the non-partisan members of the government - especially including the security and defense forces - will remain focused, disciplined and dedicated no matter how shabbily they are treated. Perhaps we have seen the first hint that the grunts on the bottom have ways of returning the favor.