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Woodrow Wilson’s sheep grazing on White House lawn to reduce grounds keeping costs during World War I, c. 1917. Source: Library of Congress (digital. id. hec.10788)

Unified Patriots by Vassar Bushmills

Needed: A Forty-Year Legacy

Donald Trump has broken down major barriers simply by being elected president.

In the greatest sense of the term, his election was “historic” for it represented the first time in many generations that the people of the United States, as was always their power to do, reached up and took charge of their government despite all the urgings, warnings, and finally, direct opposition from the people who had carved out a very comfortable existence inside government as the self-appointed managers for the people.

That took both courage and wisdom by the people.

How Donald Trump even got the opportunity to be allowed to take on this job is a story unto itself. But from the citizens’ perspective instead of the government class’s point of view, it was simply a matter of the people invoking a power that had always belonged exclusively to themselves, to throw down an entire government.

Call it our “nuclear option”, only it had laid dormant for so long the government class had almost forgotten we had it.

A little history: For the first half of America’s existence, to around Reconstruction, nearly a century, the people didn’t need to use this nuclear option simply because everyone in government knew the people had it, and would likely use it, so minded their P’s and Q’s.

I call that our Classic Era, when the federal government was dirt poor and the federal payroll consisted of a few clerks, customs agent and the post office, which didn’t even print its first postage stamp until 1847.

After the Civil War, for a variety of reasons; industrialization, massive immigration of poor European laborers, and the attendant rise of a government class to tend to both, by the end of the 19th century, a growing state class took shape, which began to believe this nuclear option wasn’t safe in the hands of the people. In an evolutionary process natural to all bureaucracies, if allowed to survive that long, the state class began to believe the people no longer possessed this power of the nuclear option[…]

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