- Jul 21, 2016
There was a Conservative commentator I was listening to a year or two ago - I can't remember who it was now, but I think it was one of the thoughtful ones who actually likes this country - who said that the political gridlock we've experienced lately is the U.S. system working as intended. I'm not sure I agree, but it was food for thought, anyway.
Yes that is the system working.
One does not need a Federal Government that's always churning away, remember the country was founded on classically liberal ideas whereby it was believed a people must be self sufficient to be truly free and don't need constant reliance and help from an all powerful centralized state. Most safety nets and public goods were to be provided by one's localized state government, or county/municipal governments. Hence the issue of states rights.
It is when the people move away from a belief in classical liberalism to progressive liberalism that a perception in the state not working becomes appropriate. Since under progressive liberalism the state is supposed to be centralized and highly functional in order to provide an adequate social democracy. Neoliberalism too requires a highly centralized and functional state in order to redistribute public funds more efficiently into the hands of private corporations, in effect neoliberalism is corporate democracy a form of corporatism, the autocratic form of which being fascism.
Therefore as one can see both the leftists and the fascists would prefer a strong and centralized federal government that just gets things done. More specifically gets things done specifically for their group and ideology only. However there would likely be a transitory period beforehand whereby fascists and leftists would be allies with one another in strengthening the federal government through reform. It would be in the final and critical moment that they would turn on one another and make the bid at seizing the apparatus of the highly effective and cohesive state. That's how America would become marxist or fascistic just saying.