“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked.
“Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.”
Here we are, less than three months into Harris–Biden administration, and already the sense of things spinning out of control is palpable everywhere.
Moreover, it’s a two-headed humanitarian crisis, posing grave threats not only to the illegal migrants, who are crowded into dangerous and unsanitary holding pens, but also to the surrounding American populace that must deal with the crime and COVID-19 that are rampant among the migrants.
Under Trump, the U.S. military underwent a $2 trillion rehabilitation.
‘Direct Assault’Under Trump, we saw the nomination and confirmation of hundreds of federal judges and three Supreme Court justices whose judicial philosophy was, as Trump promised, akin to that of Antonin Scalia, i.e., devoted to the task of interpreting the law in light of the Constitution, not to imposing policy by dint of politically correct hermeneutical ingenuity.
Now that he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he is happy to tell us.
Trump had left us with a court in which conservatives ostensibly enjoyed a 6–3 majority. It’s only “ostensible” because one of those votes, that of Chief Justice John “Mr. Wobbly” Roberts, is ostentatiously unreliable.
Still, thanks to Trump, the high court is by and large the sort of institution that the founders envisioned: “the least dangerous branch,” as Hamilton said, because it wielded no policy-making power but merely judgment.
‘Fundamentally Transform’Will Harris–Biden dare to upset that dispensation?
The Constitution itself was designed to protect the people from the coercive power of the state. The first thing that coercive states do is disarm the populace.
So what are we to make of the Harris–Biden attack on the Second Amendment?
Many of them, I am convinced, knew they were wrong to begin with. That is, they lied about Biden and the Deep State machine that put him into power.
Deep and Scary CynicismWhich brings me to a larger point.
It also reveals a deep and scary cynicism whose ultimate criterion is simply this: the acquisition and exercise of raw power.
That’s perhaps the most sobering lesson in this latest chapter of the American saga: No matter how low you thought, it wasn’t low enough. There is no ideal that won’t be trashed and inverted in order to advance the agenda of that power, no rhetoric that won’t be cynically deployed and emptied of meaning.
These are the sorts of disillusioning revelations in store for us in the era of woke radicalism.
You thought you understood how bankrupt and cynical the game of politics was.
It turns out you didn’t know the half of it.