Needed: A Forty-Year Legacy
Donald Trump has broken down major barriers simply by being elected president.
In the greatest sense of the term, his election was “historic” for it represented the first time in many generations that the people of the United States, as was always their power to do, reached up and took charge of their government despite all the urgings, warnings, and finally, direct opposition from the people who had carved out a very comfortable existence inside government as the self-appointed managers for the people.
That took both courage and wisdom by the people.
How Donald Trump even got the opportunity to be allowed to take on this job is a story unto itself. But from the citizens’ perspective instead of the government class’s point of view, it was simply a matter of the people invoking a power that had always belonged exclusively to themselves, to throw down an entire government.
Call it our “nuclear option”, only it had laid dormant for so long the government class had almost forgotten we had it.
A little history: For the first half of America’s existence, to around Reconstruction, nearly a century, the people didn’t need to use this nuclear option simply because everyone in government knew the people had it, and would likely use it, so minded their P’s and Q’s.
I call that our Classic Era, when the federal government was dirt poor and the federal payroll consisted of a few clerks, customs agent and the post office, which didn’t even print its first postage stamp until 1847.
After the Civil War, for a variety of reasons; industrialization, massive immigration of poor European laborers, and the attendant rise of a government class to tend to both, by the end of the 19th century, a growing state class took shape, which began to believe this nuclear option wasn’t safe in the hands of the people. In an evolutionary process natural to all bureaucracies, if allowed to survive that long, the state class began to believe the people no longer possessed this power of the nuclear option.
I’ll save this for serious historians to debate, but the operative element, the so-called untutored citizenry, were reminded of their constitutional power over the government, simply because of the years of “usurpation” such arrogation of power naturally breeds.
What was not foreseen was the un-tutored people would tutor themselves about their founding documents, re-educating themselves about the powers the Constitution said they always possessed, as a matter of natural law. Anthropologists refer to this as “survival-engendering behavior”, and it’s very powerful. I’ve even referred to our “risen citizenry” as the “intellectual successors to ‘National Review’”, for they do seem to have a natural instinct for understanding the Constitutional blueprint.
And it’s not mere coincidence that this occurred at almost the same time the government class began to stop believing this power of the nuclear option even existed anymore.
The past two years have largely portrayed the extent of the state class’ resistance to the people exercising their re-discovered power.
Although I know Donald Trump knows these things, I wonder if he truly understands the significance of his election, for if he does he must have some idea of what must be done, not in six more years, but more like forty, to build and replace what must necessarily be torn down.
As the title implies, what Donald Trump has not tried has been to replace the old Washington political establishment with a new one, as conquerors and dictators always do, from Robespierre to Hitler, Stalin and Mao, with whom Donald Trump has been compared, but which, historically, had always been the ambition of the Democratic Party since at least 1936[…]