The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to any prevailing superstitions and taboos.

H.L. Mencken, in A Mencken Chrestomathy

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I have been interested in government and politics since I was a youngster in Boston.  I majored in government as an undergraduate, after law school and service in the military (U.S. Army officer), I studied American foreign policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. and have worked in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, in a Washington law firm and as a trial and appellate lawyer in private practice in the Nation’s Capital.

All tolled, I spent over thirty years in Washington and have been following national government, politics and public policy for 60 years.  That said, I have never seen any President relentlessly attacked as Donald Trump is being attacked.  And I mean attacked by newspapers with story after story stocked with “unnamed sources” and repeated by media lightweights as if such “unnamed sources:” (a) exist, and (b) are truthful, accurate, without bias or personal objective if they do exist.

On first blush this is remarkable, astonishing and difficult to understand … until you consider H.L. Mencken’s astute and timelessly true observation, to wit: the governing class hates anyone who appears on their doorstep and does not kowtow to them and the prevailing genius they claim exclusively for themselves.  

This more than any other thing is the controlling proposition that explains why the Democrats, the Left, the political press, television “talking heads,” assembled “D.C. special pleaders” (who fancy themselves an essential part of the “importance” of government and public policy), the globalists, elite Republicans, etc. despise President Trump and those who elected him.

Yes, you are correct: “the governing class” is immune from any notion that we are a nation “by the people,” and “for the people.”  This class, you see, views themselves as “special” – better than the populace and the voting public.

Make no mistake in hating Trump, the governing class disdains those who voted for him and anyone who dares to disagree with them or disturb their peace.

Lest, you think this is hard to believe – I offer one wonderful account from history.

When Ronald Reagan was newly elected, an old Washington “hand” – the Patrician lawyer Clark Clifford (a former Secretary of Defense and key assistant to President Truman) – labeled the newly-elected Mr. Reagan “an amiable dunce.”

Clifford, a denizen of the swamp (shall we say), thought himself and those of the Washington ruling class to be far superior in every way to Ronald Reagan and any of the outsider-ilk.  Yes, his view and that of the “insiders:”- anyone not of Washington has no business or place in Washington and its affairs.  That is the constant and prevailing view of those in politics, public policy and news here in Washington.

Now the delicious point about Clifford is this: he was the actual dunce.  You see he succeeded to disgrace himself by ineptly managing and subsequently destroying all or much of the former New York Governor Harriman’s fortune during President Reagan’s time in office.

What we are seeing now, however vicious it is, is nothing new – it just puts on display what the governing class is all about, and how plainly they elevate themselves far above the public and everyday citizens.   What you see today confirms the existence of an established disposition.  So much for the concentration of government in Washington …

Shalom.

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