Newly-elected President, Ronald Reagan began the absurd conservative jihad against our own government with his famous quote: “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” coining the rallying cry for conservatives ever since. And their campaign is working. Merely look at the approval rating of the Federal Congress over the last decade. One of the two parties has a stated goal of reducing the size of the Federal Government. One of the two parties has an interest in discrediting government in general, while they are using it in specific to advance their goals.
But stop for a moment and ask yourself, what if it were true? What if government is the problem? There are two approaches to a solution: one is to fix the government so that it works better than ever before. The other is to shrink the government to it’s smallest state so it can do the least harm.
“What if government is the problem?
There are two approaches to a solution: one is to fix the government so that it works better than ever before.
The other is to shrink the government to it’s smallest state so it can do the least harm.”
It is clear that the Republicans are taking the latter path. The shame in this is that other democratic countries seem to be doing quite well at self-governance. Consider the Scandinavian countries as examples. But if we take the second path, we are tacitly admitting that the American experiment in self-governance has failed, that we cannot do what the Finns and the Danes have done; that we are not capable of healthy self-governance. And we started this whole thing!
I have never seen anything so un-American as the current Republican campaign against our self-governance. It is the opposite of “can do;” it is an admission of “can’t do,” and it is shameful. The most shameful aspect of it is it is being done for money, just money.