I believe the term 'liberal elite' was born out of some fears of those who perhaps did not possess higher education. In some ways it does suggest that only those with 'left of center' political viewpoints are educated. That can be interpreted as an insult. I think it is fair to say that there are plenty of people who are 'right of center' that too possess higher education however, I have never come across a particular label such as the left has acquired.(with regard to higher education) However there is no doubt that college campuses, and even on the high school level professors and teachers have a tendency to project their own politics into the subject. I can only speak from my own personal experiences and their is a liberal agenda among many. I realize that as instructors we cannot divorce ourselves from ourself, but as for me I view my position in front of a political science class as mediator. I make an extreme effort to provide both sides of an issue. (every year my students are on a quest to find out my political affiliation..it drives them crazy) In the end I believe my methods have been successful. As a matter of fact, the more they wonder about me, the more the seek out information. My goal is to teach seniors how and why they will acquire one political affiliation or another, not to suggest the political spectrum is only valid on one side and invalid on the other, whatever side of the spectrum.
I agree with #3. For some years now, especially during the Bush administration, there has been an anti-intellectualism that I think is silly and ultimately harmful to the country. There is no question that those who are raised by well-educated parents and who have the opportunity to go to good schools have a huge advantage over others. I have spent several years helping to counteract that by teaching students who do not enjoy many of those benefits. However, our country needs to take full advantage of the talents and achievements of our citizens. If a good education makes people more liberal, what of it?
Well liberal elite really has been used in a derogatory way from the right wingers. They are referencing the educated society that have advance degrees and that tend to have a liberal mindset when it comes to social issues. I am sorry, but using elite in a negative way to describe someone that has advanced their education is a little ridiculous. I think someone who has a masters or doctorate degree is a person I can look up to and trust to be more of a leader than someone with just a high school education.
I think that one aspect of the "Liberal Elite" is education. There is the assumption (maybe it is true) that professors and others that are well educated have a tendency to be more liberal than uneducated people. This can cause some people to feel that they are being talked down to or undervalued because they do not have an ivy league education. This spite may be part of the reason that the term "Liberal Elite" has such a negative connotation.
'Liberal Elite' is a term of abuse created by conservatives to try to instil the idea that a self serving ruling class distorts the will of the non-liberal people. Put simply the accusation is that the public are very right wing and their political desires are thwarted by a ruthless bunch of educated liberals. The aim of this ludicrous nonsense is to make uneducated people suspicious and paranoid of educated liberals and to mistrust intellectual opinions, (which are generally tolerant, secular and liberal.)
This argument has more holes in it than Bonny and Clyde's getaway car, but the most ridiculous one is the obvious implied rejection of education... if educated people are all liberals and all liberals are part of an elite opposed to the American people, then we can infer that education is unamerican.