Donald Trump running for president, that is.
One way of understanding the still unbelievable hostility for Donald Trump is that he had made his fortune before entering government, and because he owes nothing to the denizens of the deep state and the swamp, they cannot control him. Thus the incessant attempts by the Democrats, and their allies in the federal bureaucracy and the mainstream media to neutralize this threat to their hegemony.
It might be that Our President does a great many cringe-worthy things. It's hard to view some of the discontent from the Permanent Government, argues Stephen B. Presser, as something other than a sitting president demonstrating the uselessness of much of that government.
The temptations of those in power to preserve that power, to make it difficult for challengers to unseat them, are almost irresistible, as we have seen over the past few decades as federal laws and regulations have multiplied, and as incumbency protection has been an unacknowledged principle of much of that legislation and regulation.

The current president is the greatest threat to the federal leviathan in at least a generation, and his program of scaling back the Code of Federal Regulation, and returning power to state and local governments by appointing judges and Justices who understand the actual meaning of the Constitution, is anathema to the Democrats and their allies who live, parasitically, on the largesse of our national behemoth.

What really excites some of us supporters of this president is that he may be our last, best chance to recapture the Constitution, and with it our right to govern ourselves. The administrative state—our permanent federal bureaucracy—and the elite class who manage, run, and profit by it, have been our real rulers for several decades.
Yes, and those rulers have too often ruled badly, which is something Donald Trump called attention to. (Was his worse offense getting elected, or getting elected pointing out how badly that Permanent Government has performed?)

As of today, none of the twenty-odd Democrats seeking the presidential nomination has given any hint of wanting to hand some of the powers of governance back to the people.

1 comment:

Dave Tufte said...

I'd add that Trump's critics are obsessed with the idea that he JUST. MUST. have made his money from some connection to government (even a foreign one). They have difficulty conceiving of either 1) making your money without government help, or 2) making your money through government and not being subject to kompromat.