American government can’t do anything because everything is illegal.

American government can’t do anything because everything is illegal.

America is collapsing under the weight of too much law and regulation.

A short editorial and worth reading.

Revolutions occur this way. In the United States, most major changes in social policy have occurred in tectonic shifts after pressures built up for decades, such as in the 1960s (civil rights), in the progressive era (regulation) or during the Civil War (ending slavery). The New Deal (social safety nets) differed only in that pressures of the Great Depression were more immediate.

Americans know government is broken, but a vital piece of change is missing. The widespread public dissatisfaction has no center of gravity. The tea party has no coherent solution — simply getting rid of most government programs is not a workable plan. Most reform groups have lost moral authority by acting like special interests, concerned only about their cause and not the broader good. Instead of coming together to promote a new order, environmentalists, budget hawks and other reformers end up competing for airtime.

The point about single-issue pressure groups is interesting. At the turn of the last century, Prohibitionists showed America how to foment change: Pick a single issue and support any candidate who agreed with you on that issue. Now there are so many single-issue groups they arguably cancel each other out.

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