Of course, that title question is a joke. Everyone knows who runs this country. Just ask the people who thought they were protesting on January 6th. The managerial class runs this country. They control the federal bureaucracy, almost all of the private corporations, the non-profits, the media, the colleges and the schools.
Using the federal bureaucracy, they can crush any resistance regardless if the threat is a well-financed opposition party or a single citizen speaking his mind against tyrannical overreach.
I was reading an article that speculated that the Supreme Court was likely to rule against the long-established precedent that allowed federal agencies to essentially write laws by utilizing “expertise” to decide how a law allows them to regulate some aspect of life in America.
For instance, the EPA gets to decide that carbon dioxide is a pollutant. The gas that is emitted by every living thing on earth is a threat to the planet that needs to be taxed, banned and demonized. This ignores the fact that fire has been a human tool that produces light, heat and power for eons while producing a carbon dioxide as a necessary part of the combustion reaction. It also ignores the fact that penalizing the use of fossil fuels is already bankrupting western countries and threatening the health and well-being of poorer individuals.
So, there is the chance that the Supreme Court could decide that Congress and the courts should be allowed to overrule unelected lawmakers in the federal bureaucracy when they decide to promulgate laws that no one voted on and most people don’t want.
But the first thing that came to my mind was that this will push the next Congress to add six more justices to the Supreme Court and in the meantime the agencies will just ignore whatever the Supreme Court says that they don’t like.
The Trump administration proved to me that the managerial class can and will game the system to resist any attempt by the common people to wrest power away from them. It’s as simple as that.
Now that might sound both horribly pessimistic but I think the happenings of the last few administrations bears it out. No outrage by anyone working for a federal agency has caused the least harm to that individual. Even the one guy who was convicted of perjury during the Russia-gate scandal was reinstated and had his conviction reduced to a misdemeanor that didn’t even cause him to lose his law license.
And on the flipside every enemy of these bureaucrats has been put through a meat grinder where just waiting for a trial is made an ordeal that may include imprisonment in a dungeon with unbelievable abuse heaped on innocent Americans.
So, our enemies are immune from punishment for any and all offences and at the same time they can destroy the reputations, livelihoods and even lives of anyone who dares to challenge them.
I’d like to think that disgust at the tyrannical methods being used by this junta would eventually rally enough Americans to vote the Democrats out of office and allow the Republicans to defang the FBI, CIA, IRS and the other enforcers of the regime. But I no longer think that likely. The younger people in the country are mostly brain-washed to obey their masters. And a huge chunk of the country is made up of people dependent on the federal government to continue a lifestyle that doesn’t include work.
I realize this is a pretty depressing post. But I also think it’s necessary to face facts. As far as any bright side, well, I guess the only advantage is you’re almost completely immune to horrible surprises. You can basically see these things coming a mile away. And alternatively, if anything goes unexpectedly right, you’re always pleasantly surprised.
I hope I haven’t ruined anyone’s week. As I’ve been writing about lately it’s still possible to work around these odious people but expecting the feckless Republicans to beat them is laughable. And America isn’t united in wanting them gone. For the foreseeable future they own the country.