"In her May issue editor's letter, ELLE Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers writes: "There is something innately regal about Chelsea—a kind of grace that doesn't seem practiced, or trotted out just for public consumption. She's a person of substance for sure, a young woman who, while measured in her manner, has a fierceness of conviction, and a calling to make the world a better place."
No Ceilings is emblematic of the work Chelsea says she felt called to do. It was an idea she and her mother dreamed up together, looking back at the United Nations' World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, where Hillary, then First Lady, made her famous declaration that "human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights." Chelsea says she wanted to use the 20th anniversary of that historic event to provide perspective on the status of women's rights, and last month she was able to do just that as she officially released the No Ceilings Full Participation Reportat an event in New York City, alongside her mother and Melinda Gates (The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined forces with the No Ceilings initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation to create the report)."
The above is a preamble to a gushing Elle Magazine article on Chelsea Clinton that makes me want to vomit.
If Chelsea Clinton is not a member of an emerging American aristocracy then I'll eat my hat. By any analysis of her background and career, she has to be on a trajectory to public office, as are many others of her ilk.
As most would know, with a little money, the credentials for a public persona can be purchased - a few years teaching in an undeveloped country, notable adventures, expeditions to far off places, Board appointments, charity "work", your own book, etc. it's all for sale these days. I had one colleague who deeds of derring do were trumpeted in puff pieces this way - I found that every Australian Consulate and Embassy had been primed to look after him on his "expedition."
Lest you think this is unimportant; How long can "The American Dream" be pedalled to the public in the face of this?
How long can commentators pass off the abject poverty and lack of opportunity of sections of the community as the result of "Choices" they made for themselves? As if they could have been neurosurgeons if they had wished it so?
All you have to do is work hard and dream big, yeah, sure.
How long before the community at large understands that the game is rigged?
Will this unrepresentative aristocratic swill end up like French or Russian aristocracies? The tools of repression in their favour already exist.
Sorry, my egalitarian streak is showing this morning.