"The fact that we're going to zero Protestants in the court may not be as significant as the fact that her appointment perfectly reflects the decline of the Establishment, or the WASP Establishment, in America," said David Campbell, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame.There's one dissenting voice (John J. McCloy's son):
Seen from the distance of time, the changes are stunning. In the 1960s, the vast majority of corporate managers were Protestant, according to E. Digby Baltzell's famous 1964 tome, "The Protestant Establishment."
The percentage of Protestants in Congress has dropped to 55% from 74% in 1961, according to Pew Forum. The corner offices of the top banks, once ruled by Rockefellers and Bakers, now include an Indian-American and the grandson of a Greek immigrant.
In old-money enclaves like Palm Beach, Fla., Nantucket, Mass., and Greenwich, Conn., WASPs are being priced out of their waterfront estates and displaced on their nonprofit boards by Jewish, Catholic and other non-Protestant entrepreneurs.
A survey by Pew Research found only 21% of mainline U.S. Protestants had income of $100,000 or more, compared with 46% of Jews and 42% of Hindus.
"I think we're losing something fundamental with the Establishment," he said. "The Establishment was really about people who became leaders because they were confident and highly competent in their areas."But the overall message is (1) it doesn't matter, and (2) "WASPs" brought it upon themselves by being "prejudiced" and lazy.
Rev. Mark S. Sisk, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, said the polarized landscape of religion today hasn't favored more moderate faiths like Episcopals. [. . .] He added, however, that tracking the ups and downs of socioreligious groups like WASPs was no longer relevant.I was curious exactly whose team The Rt. Rev. Mark Sean Sisk was on. A few minutes of research confirms that he is, as his name suggests, of Irish ancestry, the son of a factory worker (per the 1930 Census) turned New Deal bureaucrat:
"That kind of calibration of 'what members of my team are on the front lines' seems to me to be an antique kind of thing to do," he said.
ROBERT J SISK. 82 retired head of the financial reports and statistics section of the Federal Power Commission died of cancer Dec 15 at his home [. . .] Mr Sisk was born in Barnesboro Pa He moved to this area and went to work for the Federal Power Commission about 1935 He retired in 1970