Uncommon Sense

June 26, 2020

Government: To Trust or Not Trust?

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 12:27 pm
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I have written often enough that part of the Republican political strategy over the past 40 years or so has been to shrink the reach of government. They attack Big Government, while expanding it off camera. They undermine branches of the federal government as often as they can.

In the Era of Trump this has become the wholesale business of the party. They are actively undermining the military, the security agencies (CIA, FBI, NSA, etc.), the electoral process, everything they can get their grubby little hands upon. Incompetents have been placed in charge of various departments, e.g. Betsy DeVos heading the Education Department, doing their best to dismantle those departments.

The cornerstone of these activities is the placing of judges who support their worldview in various positions. Recently, the GOP has discovered that a lifetime appointment often confers immunity to further influence over those judge’s decisions, but still, their viewpoints dominate judicial proceedings all over the country.

So, Mr. Trump appears to fit into their plans to discredit government at all levels and reduce people’s belief in it’s ability to make their lives better. Although incompetence wrapped in a GOP flag may turn around and bite them, instead of just proving that “government is not competent and you can’t trust it.”

So, why is the GOP doing this? It is simple. The plutocrats have so much wealth and power, the only institution that has the ability to stand against their dominance is government, therefore it has to be brought to heel. It has been almost a century since the New Deal was implemented, a deal in which government stopped being the tail and became the dog who wagged it. The fat cats of that time are all dead at this point, but the New Deal is still mentioned with venom by the current crop of oligarchs. They are still railing against it, and still working to dismantle the governmental power that accrued behind it.



  1. Steve,

    Every single word you’ve written here is all thoroughly corroborated by mounds, piles of supporting evidence documented first by several Pulitzer Prize winning and Nobel Prize winning authors, historians, university professors, economists, former political officers and court/legal officers and judges. Need examples?

    Jane Mayer — Dark Money
    Nancy MacLean — Democracy in Chains
    Tom Nichols — The Death of Expertise
    Richard S. Tedlow — Denial
    Oliver Stone/Peter Kuznick — The Concise Untold History of the U.S.
    Joseph Stiglitz — The Price of Inequality
    Paul Krugman — End This Depression Now!

    Should I continue with the list Steve? 😉

    Liked by 2 people

    Comment by Professor Taboo — June 26, 2020 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

    • Dang, I have only read a small number of those. (I have read so much though that further reading is nauseating.)

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 27, 2020 @ 11:37 am | Reply

  2. While in the past I could (mistakenly perhaps) say we could trust our gov’t to some extent, all I can say now is Hell No! They are not worthy of our trust, by their own actions.


    Comment by shelldigger — June 30, 2020 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

    • Don’t confuse the leaders with the bureaucrats. I have had some dealings with the IRS and SSA and everytime they have been cordial, pleasant, and very helpful. There are still a great many people doing their jobs well, even though their big bosses do not give a shit.

      On Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 1:48 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 30, 2020 @ 1:51 pm | Reply

      • Oh! I am sure there are many good people in gov’t, it is the leadership I have grown to detest. Immensely.


        Comment by shelldigger — June 30, 2020 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

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