This goes hand in hand with blasphemy laws, especially in countries with royalty. It's that whole "by the grace of God / the divine right right of kings" scam. In other words, the elites are in power because it's a natural order created by God wich man must not upset. At least according to the ruling elites1).
1) I wouldn't mind elites at all if they would adhere to the definition of being "a select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society"; i.e. someone is part of an elite based on the fact that they are really, really good at something that benefits society as a whole, and everyone gets a shot at proving their abilities.