For Our Politicians To Be Right, The Founders Had To Be Wrong

FpimdersPoliticians tempt with isms. Socialism, Communism, Nazism, welfareism. Republicanism. Political Science professors teach all the isms. (They are paid for it.) But reality is different, and much simpler. Also much ignored and if it can’t be ignored, denied. Reality is the last thing that any politician wants voters to recognize.

Reality is that all the isms are only excuses; the only thing that matters is whether a given government is large and powerful, or small and weak. Small and weak was the explicit preference of America’s Founders. Well, a majority anyway. Some wanted powerful government even back then, they just didn’t prevail at the time.

After that, most who lived off government have wanted to enlarge it and to enhance its power, which was their power since they were in charge. Human nature, no? So now, there is not much we can do without government approval and regulation. That’s the way it is. If the Founders, wherever they are now, are aware of this, they cannot be surprised. The point is not made in public schools generally, but this pattern is rife throughout human history. It is the nature of governments to increase their power until they fail and are replaced with a new government , one that will promptly set out upon the same path.

As we have before, we rely upon the ancient Romans’s query: “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” That was the always practical Roman observation that, if governments were needed by human society, who, given that the governments were run by humans, would keep the governors in line? Or if humans need governing, how will human governors not also need governing? A human government by definition, puts the fox in charge of the henhouse.

Foxes and humans and most other mammalian species survive by putting individual interests paramount; any social ones, secondary. Individuals that don’t do that, don’t survive but by sacrifice of others.  It’s one of the reasons for: “Reality Sucks!”

It’s also the reason that sooner or later, all governments fail. There is only one government on earth so far as we know, that is of significant age. That is in the Vatican and it is as split as any other government at the moment. Some bishops see Pope Francis as the AntiChrist and others as a savior. How that will end is to be seen.

In the United States presently,it seems to us that the government reflects the society at large quite well as it heads past the Christian, Constitutional pattern of its inception. As it does so, it also approaches the end of its ability to finance itself, with unsustainable debts on the one hand and unstoppable spending on the other. The United States is not alone in that, technology has knit most of the world into a single market; a sneeze in China prescinds a worldwide cold these days.

Add to that, all the candidates for U.S. President are cut from the same political cloth, though some are more populist than others. While they may diverge a bit on what amounts to social policy, none have identified and repudiated the country’s ongoing financial insolvency by identifying significant spending cuts or how the overwhelming debt on hand will be handled. They do not dare to speak of it because so many will pay so dearly when it comes to  an unavoidable reality.

It is a replay of the Soviet collapse, of the incipient Chines collapse and of the collapses of all preceding megagovernments. The old Roman query is answered: “Who will govern the governors?” The answer is: Only themselves, and that has never been up to the job.




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About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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