In his play "Henry IV", Shakespeare wrote ''The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers''. I suspect If Shakespeare were around today, he might write, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the conservatives." Sounds like a good plan, metaphorically and politically speaking, of course.
Don’t misunderstand me; with our massive and growing national debt, thanks in large part to phony conservatives like Paul Ryan, America is desperately in need of conservatives of the sort Garrison Keillor once described as “green eye-shade” conservatives. But there are few if any around these days, let alone conservatives like Thomas Hobbes and Adam Smith, who understood government had a legitimate purpose, and that was to promote the Commonweal.
Would-be intellectual Steve Bannon brought the idea of the Deconstruction of the Administrative State into the mainstream, but that idea has floated around conservative circles for some time, in a variety of disguises. Trust-fund weasel Grover Norquist was one of its prominent proponents. For those unfamiliar with Norquist, there's this from his Wikipedia page:
"[He] is founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes all tax increases. A Republican, he is the primary promoter of the "Taxpayer Protection Pledge", a pledge signed by lawmakers who agree to oppose increases in marginal income tax rates for individuals and businesses, as well as net reductions or eliminations of deductions and credits without a matching reduced tax rate. Prior to the November 2012 election, the pledge was signed by 95% of all Republican members of Congress and all but one of the candidates running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination."
Norquist is also famous for this bit of snark: “I don’t want to get rid of government; I just want to get it small enough to drown in a bathtub.”
But that kind of “thinking” did not start with Norquist; it’s been around from the founding of the country, under the guise of States Rights and other perversions of democracy. It gained considerable traction in reaction to the New Deal, a socialistic plan put in place by FDR to brunt the widespread appeal of Communism during the Great Depression.
But this scam came into full “flower” with Ronald Reagan and his trope “government isn’t the solution, government is the problem”. Reagan also cursed us with “Let’s Make America Great Again”. Sound familiar?
Donald Trump, for all his ignorance, was smart enough to know a good bad thing when he heard it, and he traded on what Reagan fertilized, or should I say manured. Trump took advantage of people’s anger with the government; and with a lot of help from Wikileaks, Putin, Facebook, and Twitter, he managed to slither his way into office.
One is tempted to say incompetent voters got exactly what they deserved – someone who truly represented them, in the massively incompetent Trump. But some of the blame must also fall on the sainted Founders, who cursed this country with the Electoral College, which yet again over-rode the will of the majority of voters – who got what they didn't deserve.
One is also tempted to say Trump's incompetence is why he has failed to even nominate anyone to fill a great many important government posts. But this is more than simply sloth, though with him that is always a possibility; no, this is a deliberate failure to execute the legitimate aims of government in order to further destroy faith in government – it is the Deconstruction of the Administrative State made manifest.
Big government is an easy target, but haters fail to understand that those who promote "Think Small" have a secret agenda. The true and ultimate purpose of deconstructing and hamstringing the government is to transfer public funds and public lands into private hands; and by doing so, turn America into a kleptocracy.
Today's robber-barons can’t wait to get their hands on the monies in the Social Security Trust Fund, and thence engage in massive speculation on Wall Street, an institution already so corrupted by insider trading and stock manipulation as to be a threat to the very existence of this nation.
As if all of that wasn't awful enough, we are now witness to fiction become reality – Trump is all too obviously an asset, if not an agent, of the Russian mob, and the Boychurian Candidate is intent on destroying us from within.
That is not hyperbole; one must understand that Russia is not a country – it is a gigantic criminal enterprise, with Putin as the capo dei capi. If puppet-master Putin has his way, the idiot Trump will be used – temporarily – to turn America into a criminal enterprise as well, a kleptocracy that will make the Russian kleptocracy look very small in comparison.
So - keep hating on the government, my fellow citizens, and one day you will be singing that old song – you don't know what you got until you lose it.