It’s a Deep and Bureaucratic Goverment

It’s not just the fact that government workers and the ‘Deep State’ are frequently opposed to reducing the size of government.  It’s the fact that the presence of large amounts of government consumes so much of our productive potential.  However, these latest ruminations about the Obama administration are very disconcerting:

One strange trait of the die hard NeverTrump Republicans and progressives is their charge that Donald Trump poses an existential threat to democracy. Trump, as is his wont, says a lot of outrageous and weird things. But it is hard in his 16 months of rule to find any proof that Trump has subverted the rule of law.

Does anyone remember that the Obama Administration allowed Lois Lerner to weaponize the IRS? Does anyone remember Eric Holder’s surveillance of the Associated Press journalists and Fox News’s James Rosen? Why have conservative constitutionalists focused on what Trump has said rather than the strange treatment accorded to investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson by U.S. intelligence and investigatory agencies?  Is there even curiosity about why and how the departing Obama Administration suddenly and vastly expanded the number of agencies that could have access to classified surveillance in its aftermath? 

Rather, the threat to our civil liberties is coming from supposedly sanctimonious and allegedly judicious career FBI, Justice Department, and intelligence agency officials, progressive and self-described idealistic former members of the Obama national security team…

Source: How Democracies End: A Bureaucratic Whimper

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