Originally published July 6 2015
'We're not all equal': Elitists reveal how they really feel about 'peasants' as California devolves into suburban class warfare
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) As the drought in California continues to worsen, so, too, do residents' attitudes toward one another. Already there have been thefts of water, but it hasn't stopped there: The drought has created a caste system of sorts, with well-to-do residents reserving the right to use their wealth as a means of securing more water for themselves.
The emerging water caste system was on full display recently in a piece published by The Washington Post, in which wealthy Californians claimed, "We're not all equal" when it comes to water access and water rights.
'So what if there is a drought – it's our water if we pay for it'
People "should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful," Steve Yuhas complained recently on social media. "We pay significant property taxes based on where we live," he added in a Post interview. "And, no, we're not all equal when it comes to water."
If you can pay for it, he argues, then you should have it. Or, it's another way of saying, "We are rich, you are poor, so you can take short showers and go without while I take your water to water my grass."
Others had similar "complaints."
"I think we're being overly penalized, and we're certainly being overly scrutinized by the world," said Rancho Santa Fe resident Gay Butler. "It angers me because people aren't looking at the overall picture. What are we supposed to do, just have dirt around our house on four acres?"
By the way, the "overall picture" is that a region of the country subject to desertification is running out of water, but some think lawns are more important than growing crops or survival.
"California used to be the land of opportunity and freedom," complained Brett Barbre, who lives in the Orange County community of Yorba City, another very wealthy zip code. "It's slowly becoming the land of one group telling everybody else how they think everybody should live their lives."
"When we bought, we didn't plan on getting a place that looks like we're living in an African savanna," Yuhas added.
But is one person's lack of better foresight and planning – buying what was likely an overpriced piece of property in a desert – something that millions of other residents should have to pay for in terms of having less water for their use, and survival?
Such poor attitudes toward folks with less personal wealth and means is a pretty common trait among the elite – the financial elite, that is (there are plenty of "elite" people who have little money but tons of honor and integrity).
Mega-rich and mega-hypocrisy, you "peasants"
Take hotel heir Conrad Hughes Hilton III, the younger brother of socialite and co-heir Paris Hilton. On a transatlantic flight in March, he had a pot-induced meltdown aboard the flight, even going so far as to call everyone below him on the economic ladder "peasants."
"Numerous times, Hilton yelled, 'I will f***ing own anyone on this flight; they are f***ing peasants!' according to the complaint," the Daily Mail reported, citing a federal criminal complaint filed against Hilton for his ranting and threats to the crew and passengers.
"He grabs the man's shirt and name badge saying, 'I could get you all fired in five minutes. I know your boss!' He says, 'My father will pay this out, he has done it before. Dad paid $300,000 last time,'" a witness, British-born life coach Patricia Mitchell, noted, according to the complaint.
There are more examples. Consider that global warming hoaxer Al Gore, now worth close to $200 million, is a major hypocrite when it comes to the massive use of fossil fuel-generated energy for himself while demanding that everyone else use less.
Or the hypocrisy of the mega-rich who traveled recently to Davos, Switzerland, in separate private jets to rail against man-caused "global warming" (via the overuse of fossil fuels).
Not all super-rich are elitist snobs, but all elitist snobs seem to be super-rich.
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