Daily Beast: President Ronald Reagan once claimed, in that jovial, grandfatherly voice that often concealed the impact of his words, “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”
Thirty-five years worshipping at the altar of free markets and deregulation later, America has gone from being perceived by most countries as “a city on a hill” to a nation that sometimes has actual bread lines. (Wasn’t this one of the things we didn’t like about the Soviet Union?).
Yet, after a year in which the federal government under Donald Trump refused to take any responsibility for coordinating the response to a once-in-a-hundred-years pandemic that has claimed nearly half a million American lives, the tide seems to be turning. As I write this on Thursday, millions of Texans are without power and half of the people in Harris County, the third largest county in the country, also lack running water, after being hit with a frigid winter storm. Instead of bread lines, 20 years of all-GOP government in Texas has Houstonians lining up to get a bucket filled with potable water.
Without even getting into environmental degradation, gun violence, and income inequality we haven’t seen since the Gilded Age, this the the moment for anyone who understands that a modern post-industrial country in an international economy needs a strong, fair government “to stand athwart history, and yell stop” at those who weaken us through a cultish devotion to deregulation at any cost.
Today the nine most terrifying words in the English language may be, “I’m a Republican politician and I run your government.”
Don’t believe me? Let’s return to the unnecessary suffering taking place across Texas right now, a state run 100 percent by Republicans…read more…pay wall…
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.