The more dependent people become, the more they will bend to the will of whoever provides for them. In the United States that provider is, increasingly, the federal bureaucracy. Millions in this country live under the intoxicating influence of big government. And though many of us have not become addicts, the inexorable, unrelenting creep of the administrative state often goes unnoticed, while it strengthens its grip on all of us.
An oft-used analogy is that of the frog in hot water. If one were to toss a frog into a pot of boiling water, the poor reptile would immediately sense its peril and do all it could to jump out. However, if one were to place the same frog in a lukewarm pot and gradually increase the temperature, the cold-blooded reptile’s internal temperature would adjust to that of the surrounding water surrounding. The frog would begin to cook, and not even realize it.
A less familiar illustration can be drawn from personal experience, and a broadcast, back in the nineteen-seventies, of the late night talk show Tomorrow hosted by Tom Snyder. A guest came on Tom’s show describing himself as a “professional bureaucrat.” I remember asking my Dad, who sat nearby in his comfy recliner, “What in the world is a professional bureaucrat?” He told me we were both about to find out.
Tom’s guest regaled us with insights and anecdotes about legions of bureaucrats in Washington, DC, who, he told us, had become so entrenched that there was no getting rid of them. My Dad found this disturbing, while Tom Snyder greeted it with nonchalance. Tom and his guest even shared some laughs, as they pondered the vast amounts of money and bother this man and his self-serving caste of government interlopers were going to cost American taxpayers in the coming years.
Then the show was over, and my Dad began to dread. “That guy, and people like him, are going to ruin this country,” he said. “Big government bureaucrats are going to be even more of a problem, say, twenty, thirty years down the road. And we won’t be able to stop them. They’ll just have too much power (which he pronounce ‘pawr’). The scariest thing is that people won’t realize it until it’s too late.”
In hindsight, it’s easy to see the wisdom in my Dad’s prognostication. Much of our nation has indeed become enslaved to government and to the modern administrative state, with federal agencies generating vast amounts of government directives, in the form of federal regulations. And such agencies are run by legions of “professional bureaucrats” — unelected and unaccountable to voters.
Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and their cadre of leftists want to further intensify this disturbing trend, perhaps to a point of no return. Donald Trump and the Republican party, on the other hand, could act as a barrier to the administrative state, and perhaps find a way to contain it.
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