The More Things Change

Trump’s support is mostly attributable to his lack of fear of the media, democrats or the establishment republicans.

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 It’s my contention that most of the country’s enervating problems—the deficit and debt, job creation, immigration, the shrinking middle class, the expanding welfare class, rudderless foreign policy, energy and environmental policy—have been exacerbated, if not wholly created, by the malfeasance inherent in “big government” governance. I know, I know: We’re supposed to judge every policy and program by the good intentions of its authors. But given the shape the country’s in, it’s past time to start judging a program by its results, not its intentions.
As we assess results, we face these hard facts: 90 million Americans unemployed, a $17 trillion deficit, a languishing economy, a new national health care system filled with empty promises, a faltering public education system, continuing chaos on our southern border, multiple federal government departmental scandals, crumbling infrastructure, the rise of ISIS, a path to nuclear weapons in Iran and increased Russian aggression.
Stuff is hitting the fan here and around the world. Here’s the scary part: We’re supposed to trust the same people who, in large part, created these problems, to fix them.
My lament continues to be that our elected representatives’ first and overriding concern is the perpetuation of their personal and political party’s power. Gone are the days when our elected officials really represented us and worked to find solutions to problems in their constituents’ district and state. Hell, back in the day, politicians actually could cross the aisle and find compromise with the opposing party to benefit the average Joe. Now, compromise is viewed as weakness. Step out of line and the party won’t come up with any money to help you win your next election. Besides, working together to solve common problems might take time away from serving big-dollar-donating special interests.
Constituent welfare and the average citizen’s best interests always take a backseat to perpetuation of power. This statement is an across the board indictment. It matters not at all whether the politician is republican or democrat. Both parties strictly adhere to this “what’s in its self-interest first” mandate.
And again, regardless of the political party in power, government solutions to problems it helped create always involve “big government” getting “bigger”—creating yet another detached, centralized, bloated bureaucracy, whose driving priority is to ensure its own existence.
Given all this as a backdrop, the Trump phenomenon becomes easier to understand. I contend that the majority of Americans are fed up with business as usual in Washington, D.C. A candidate thought of as an “outsider”—not a Washington, D.C. “insider”—gets traction simply because of that fact. Voters have had it with the unresponsiveness of the existing “ruling class.” Now couple that feeling with a candidate who doesn’t back down—and instead doubles down even when being accused of being politically incorrect by the media or the political establishment. When attacked, Trump doesn’t cower; he fights back. Trump’s support is mostly attributable to his lack of fear of the media, democrats or the establishment republicans. Americans are desperate to find an outlet for their frustrations with a ruling class that doesn’t have the will or the ability to reverse the big government takeover of our nation
When founded, our nation was poor and struggling to come up with a formula, an environment conducive to opportunity, where individual improvement and success could be attained. The Constitution provided for the creation of a limited federal government, private property rights, the rule of law and free markets. Over time, by observing these founding principles, the nation became rich—a world leader. This status was achieved by following the precepts of our founding documents, long before the advent of today’s enormous federal government, which now interprets the Constitution to hold sway in large swathes of our lives never intended by the founders of this nation.
The basic establishment of a limited federal government, whose peoples were allowed to prosper unfettered in a free market environment, is the simplest explanation of our nation’s success and wealth. The growth and corruption of government is the simplest explanation of why the nation’s greatness is in retreat—and why someone like Trump can be leading the polls.
That’s it for now. Enjoy this month’s magazine.

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