Guest post: You are the fucking system

Originally a comment by Bruce Gorton on Tatters.

You know, this is the thing that pisses me off with the ANC too.

For the Trumpies:

You’ve got the Whitehouse, you’ve got congress, you’ve got the Senate, you’ve got the majority of governorships, hell you’ve probably got the local dog catcher. You are the fucking system.

And you know what, this is the same thing I found a little off-putting about Bernie Sanders. Okay I thought he was the best option in the last elections, he had genuine grass-roots support, his popularity rose the longer he was in the race, and he was capable of delivering Democratic policy in a soundbite format.

It also didn’t hurt that in a nation so proud of its Christianity he was a Jewish failed carpenter with a messiah complex.

Also he didn’t have the mountain of baggage Hillary Clinton had, but still, his message was essentially revolution, tear down the system.

But in the absence of some system of governance there isn’t a whole lot the government can do. Everything that has gotten built into the system by prior presidents was built so that there would be one more sphere of automation in government, one more thing that they wouldn’t have to think to hard about because it would be taken care of by the civil service.

One more thing to make their jobs easier. Bureaucracy doesn’t exist in order to hold government back, it exists to pump the brakes on bad decisions and make implementing the good ones easier. It exists to give government the information it needs in order to run.

In the absence of a system, inertia reigns supreme. You don’t get less corruption by cutting out your internal controls, less injustice by weakening bodies designed to bring about justice. In order to achieve anything, it takes people, and competent ones at that.

Well, what has your guy been doing since he got into power? He’s been trying to tear those systems down – whether it is the EPA or the diplomatic corps. Has he actually achieved anything?

No because his entire regime has been about “fighting the system” – the very thing he’s supposed to be running. He’s essentially been taking the wheels off the car he’s driving and wondering why he isn’t getting anywhere.

And you’ve been along for the ride. If you want to achieve stuff have some respect for what the system is. Stop pissing and moaning about how hard your job is, while unsolving the problems of the past and thus making it harder than it needs to be.

Republicans, stop whinging and start doing.

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