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.

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Comment by Maui Surfer on February 6, 2019 at 3:27pm

Trump is a useful idiot, and the star of a golden sports film.

The incompetence of the Trump Voter is so pathetic, so racist and so destructive in many ways they will deserve what they get.

Where is Gen. Sherman when we need him? These are NOT United States Americans, they are, to a tee, Confederates who never gave up the fight for 'The Cause" ... the cause of the massive suffering of many others for their gain, or, incredibly, even when it does not benefit them monetarily at all, simply out of insecurity and credulity.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 6, 2019 at 3:28pm

Kleptocracy is exactly it. And they’re making it happen my making sure that those who support it ignore warnings from the MainStream Media. 

Comment by Doc Vega on February 6, 2019 at 3:32pm

Maui Trump is the best thing that's happened to America who is now producing more energy than any other country, 4% GDP, tax cuts, 40 Billion brought back to the country from the NATO meeting, and the coming resolution to the illegal alien, national security issues. Get your head examined.

Comment by Doc Vega on February 6, 2019 at 3:34pm

Supply side economics made America great not the sniveling calls for social engineering and socialist propaganda!

Comment by Tom Cordle on February 6, 2019 at 5:54pm

Maui   While you and I are on the same page when it comes to tRump, I remind you all the Trumpanzees ain't from the South. Remember, it was Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and my home state Michigan that put him over the top. Of course, I guess that depends on your definition of Confederates.

Comment by Tom Cordle on February 6, 2019 at 5:56pm

Kosh  I wonder what the Trumpanzees will do if and when the US becomes the next Russia

Comment by Ron Powell on February 6, 2019 at 7:50pm

"...Russia is not a country – it is a gigantic criminal enterprise, with Putin as the capo de capo...."

I've been harping on this theme for months. My insistence that you/we follow the money is quite in line with the idea that Russia is indeed a kleptocracy. An international criminal enterprise which has ensnared the entire Trump family and all of their entrepeneurial enterprises and activities. 

I've stated that Trump has been duped into believing that he is a central or key figure in the nefarious goings on but is in all actuality little more than a money laundering bag man...

BTW Re the Russian "mafia", Putin is "capo dei capi",  boss of bosses... 


'Capo do tutti capi', boss of all bosses...

Comment by Tom Cordle on February 6, 2019 at 8:01pm

Ron   Thanks I'll make the correction, guess I'm not much of a mafioso, and I shoulda took some Latin, that might have helped

Comment by Maui Surfer on February 6, 2019 at 9:22pm

T- Sherman jokes may not play well in Tennessee, and I acknowledge that. I also remind the KKK was birthed in Tennessee, so, hopefully not to many apples are still falling. One of the funniest things on TV last year was Kamauu Bell's CNN show where he visits around the country dealing with controversial issues. He asked older white locals where the Klan was, and they all denied any knowledge of them. Then, he approached a young white teenager, and asked where the Klan was- the kid just flashed an awkward smile and pointed down a road, "down there at the end of that street is where they are ... ("paraphrasing)

However, we know where the South stands, though it is changing, Amen. It was the credulous racist white fools of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, CRACKERS ALL, who brought us the so called man I refer to as The Confederate Yankee.

Comment by Maui Surfer on February 6, 2019 at 9:26pm

And Vega, so trickle down works? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, OK Mr. Austria. Interesting group to align yourself with ... and, Hayek ended up surviving on what as an old timer? Oh yeah, AMERICAN Social Security, referred to it by Mr. Koch himself, read the letter Koch sent Hayek, then get back to us on that, eh?


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