The United States Civil Service came via the Pendleton Act of 1883 as a reaction against the spoils system, that handed out government jobs as prizes that fell to the winners of elections. The resulting corruption and inept government opened the door through which Senator George Pendleton, an Ohio Democrat, drove his bill. It was somewhat reluctantly, signed into law by Republican President Chester Arthur, whose party declined to nominate him for a following term partly as a result of that signature and support. The end result was the professionalizing of the Federal bureaucracy and a huge reduction of its corruption.
Another landmark was the creation of Israel, another Democratic political landmark, this time led by President Harry Truman, whose support was important to the final result in the United Nations. And little Israel, the guilt-offering to the Jewish victims of Nazism, has fought off its Arab attackers and prospered while doing so. Two good outcomes from Democratic policies, one might say.
But one had best not say. Today, a Democratic administration is widely recognized to have perverted the Civil Service; it has dragooned the IRS into a tool against its political opponents … the very sort of thing that the Civil Service was created to eliminate. And relations between the U.S. and Israel are typified by a report that a recent phone call between Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was somehow “cut off.” A technical glitch was the eventual official word, followed later by denial. But the two have apparently not spoken since. The general line from the Left is now classifying Jews as baby killers while Arab missiles falling on Israel are somehow unnoticed.
Time passes, things change, right?