Who are the Elders? They set the standards. They hand down the lore. They’re the oldest and wisest. By proceeding through the world each day with dignity and humanity, they show the young what it is that should be emulated. They’re the tribal chieftains. This role has probably existed since caveman days, because people need guidance and encouragement, they need to be heartened by examples of endurance. They need to be inspired.
…The new Elders will have to rescue America from the precipice. They’ll have to be mature, think of the collective, of the country as a whole.
After reading the entire editorial, I posted the following comment on Karen's blog:
Noonan's real grievance is that the "ranters" (and by implication, all dissenters from the Establishment media) draw attention to the increasing poverty, instability, and lawlessness of modern America. None of these things were supposed to occur, according to the predictions of the government and its media propagandists. For decades, they've promised safety and stability at the expense of our liberty. Events are laying bare not only their dishonesty, but the ridiculous premises on which their lies were founded.
It's appropriate for elite mouthpieces to whine and beg for the respect which they've justly forfeited - a respect, we should note, they imperiously denied to their critics when they held a virtual monopoly on the flow of information. They show no signs of wanting to earn it back by demonstrating intellectual independence from the politicians. Even on a pure business level, they insanely persist in telling customers what they should want instead of adapting to meet actual market demand.