It should be noted that long, long before Theodore Roosevelt implemented Marxist ideology by introducing laws to "preserve" the environment in which we allegedly live (John Galton, I'm sure, would have quite a bit to say about that--and if you can't rely on a fictional character, whom can you trust?), there was the most snobbish elitist of them all: Abraham Lincoln.
First of all, he wanted to violate the rights of states that were clearly enshrined in the Constitution--the right to give black people permanent job security.
(Though now that I think about it, that smacks of socialism...)
Lincoln, like many elitists, could read and write. Also, he wrote speeches which suggested that he might be more talented than many (Another sign of common sign elitism.) And like many of our present-day liberal elitists, he thought he knew better than many of the citizens of his nation. Especially the ones who wanted to end it.
Unlike Ayn Rand, whose love for the common man was well-known (especially the ones who made skirts from the skin of fat women), Lincoln was the apotheosis of the all-around high hat smartie-pants know-it-all. And he literally wore a high hat. Is it any wonder he gave America--or parts thereof--the high hat? Not really.
And rather than allow the South to go on in the mode of the rural paradise it no doubt was at the time, instead Lincoln went on about 'saving the Union' and 'ending slavery', wagging his finger at the Southerners as though they were naughty schoolchildren, not adults perfectly capable of thinking for themselves. To their undying honor, however, the Confederacy showed the extent of their disagreement by allowing themselves to be butchered in vast numbers. I hear John Galt silently nodding in approval, however. Because no one gives John Galt the high hat (or he'll burn your house down) (rather like I did with this very noisy neighbor I had a few years back...but I digress).
On the other hand, the Civil War led directly to the creation of country-western music, so I suppose that is something we should all be thankful for.
George F. Will