Monday, February 20, 2017

Who rules the United States?

There is no better explanation of the meta-struggle that is taking place politically in this country than this Washington Free Beacon article.

It presents a clear explanation of what the meta-struggle is and how the election of Trump did NOT cause it but EXPOSED it. Read the whole thing but here are some highlights and my editorial comments.

There are two separate systems of government now in competition with each other that have been going on for decades now and are finally exposed to the public by the election of President Trump.

The last few weeks have confirmed that there are two systems of government in the United States. The first is the system of government outlined in the U.S. Constitution—its checks, its balances, its dispersion of power, its protection of individual rights. Donald Trump was elected to serve four years as the chief executive of this system. Whether you like it or not.The second system is comprised of those elements not expressly addressed by the Founders. This is the permanent government, the so-called administrative state of bureaucracies, agencies, quasi-public organizations, and regulatory bodies and commissions, of rule-writers and the byzantine network of administrative law courts. (OTHERWISE KNOWN AS the Government-Media Academia Complex with its hand maiden of these elites - the bureaucracy) This is the government of unelected judges with lifetime appointments who, far from comprising the "least dangerous branch," now presume to think they know more about America's national security interests than the man elected as commander in chief. 
For some time, especially during Democratic presidencies, the second system of government was able to live with the first one. (and we are wells aware of that ‘cooperation’ – the Uni-party of donkeys and elephants) But that time has ended. The two systems are now in competition. And the contest is all the more vicious and frightening because more than offices are at stake. This fight is not about policy. It is about wealth, status, the privileges of an exclusive class. (The ELITES) But here's the difference. Legislative roadblocks, adversarial journalists, and public marches are typical of a constitutional democracy. They are spelled out in our founding documents: the Senate and its rules, and the rights to speech, a free press, and assembly. Where in those documents is it written that regulators have the right not to be questioned, opposed, overturned, or indeed fired, that intelligence analysts can just call up David Ignatius and spill the beans whenever they feel like it? "What truly matters," Trump said in his Inaugural Address, "is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people."By any historical and constitutional standard, "the people" elected Donald Trump and endorsed his program of nation-state populist reform. Yet over the last few weeks America has been in the throes of an unprecedented revolt. Not of the people against the government—that happened last year—but of the government against the people. What this says about the state of American democracy, and what it portends for the future, is incredibly disturbing.

Who rules the United States? The simple and terrible answer is we do not know. But we are about to find out.



Anonymous said...

A great response to the "Trump didn't win the popular vote" argument:

UK: May I remind you that Mr. Trump did not win the popular vote?!

US: Did the PM of the UK win the popular vote?

UK: Of course not, that is not how we form a government. Our government is formed by a coalition of the political parties.

US: And our government is formed by a coalition of the States. Do you understand that now?

PS: It had been pointed out to me that direct election of the chief executive is actually unusual in nations under constitutional rule. Only dictators tend to hold popular "elections".

Epaminondas said...

Off to the Faraday Cage

Always On Watch said...

These elites are putting up one helluva fight. That ain't gonna change!