FM has had some thought-provoking, well re-searched and linked posts in the past. Now we get:
Rome's political class was liquidated during a generation of civil war. America's has disappeared in a decade, quietly and suddenly. As if kidnapped by aliens. This would have been perfect for 1999, the ultimate Y2K mystery.The problem stretches back a century. We effectively have an aristocracy. One wonders, with war and plague, if Europe did not in fact have a higher turnover rate:
The Democrats have been captured by full-time campaigner, who served a few hours in the Illinois State and US Senates. The Republicans have been captured by someone with even less political experience, the Alaskan Mayor and part-time Governor Sarah Palin.Underneath the flippant line is the sordid truth that vast power is wielded by unelected, and largely unaccountable bureaucrats. The name on the marquee, while not unimportant, is mere icing on a multi-ream hell-cake:
It's not that these are the best America has. It's just the best American's deranged national electorate will vote for. Campaigns by folks like these should be drowned in laughter, no matter how powerful the special interests backing them. That they're treated seriously shows that our ruling elites have accurately assessed us — as fools.And so where is your systemic analysis and alternative solutions, FM? The country has sailed, since the Federal Reserve Act, 16th & 17th Amendments, towards a rendezvous with a European-style system. Only the articulate elite are allowed to speak for the country, because they have Yale or Harvard credentials. Yet their panem et circenses have produced a budget deficit so vast we hardly mention it. But that deficit is hardly a pubic hair on the national debt Cthulhu--or have you missed this?
Each mile is 5.8 billion, and a year is an hour, so that he speaks about the deficit in mile per hour terms. The whole road trip is a stacked bar graph of fiscal irresponsibility. And note the 15May09 date: an update would only suck worse. Much worse. The debt car and small ramp at Vandenberg would probably form an effective satellite launch*.
OK, so we bemoan the context and the catastrophes created. Hairshirts and flagellation all around. The Tea Parties, FM: do you support them? As the rot seems to be top-down, is there an alternative to bottom-up reform? The elites have created the mess, and are not incentivized to do more than spout platitudes.
The rise of the Federal Leviathan has corresponded with the diminish of the several States as viable entities. Do the States need to go on a Nullification rampage, since the Supreme Court, over time and with notable exceptions has been as useful as a chocolate teapot when it comes to protecting Federalism?
Walter Scott put it succinctly:
Be it better, be it worse,
Be ruled by him that has the purse.
It's more purse than party or personality. Argue with Ron Paul as you will on any number of issues, but the un-elected power of the Federal Reserve is the democratic experiment that's killing us. Who owns the monetary policy drives everything.
So the high-level Smith Plan for Un-Baking All This is:
- Review every Congress since 1912, coming up with a list of legislation that doesn't make sense in a 50 State situation with the minimum necessary power DELEGATED to the Federal government.
- Walk that list in reverse chronological order, shedding outright the various Federal agencies that don't pass the smell test. e.g. The Department of Education. Do this in a scheduled way, so that States can pick up the services their citizens deem valuable.
- Ratify the Federalism Amendment
*This is hyperbole. Stacy has a strict No Math Rule on this blog, but I'm confident this wouldn't work, though I am to experiment with a few Congresscritters we shan't name for reasons of taste.