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SPOILS SYSTEM (TRUMP VERSION)

August 27, 2018

SPOILS SYSTEM (TRUMP VERSION)

Professor Kennedy’s blog today laments the appointment by Trump of incompetent agency heads such as Zinke of Interior, who in turn appoint even less competent people to help them administer the tasks assigned to the particular agency. Her observation is a valid one, considering other such appointments of, for instance, DeVos of Education, the now-deposed Pruitt, and others. She asked for commentary, and the following, slightly edited, was mine.

It was a Democrat, Andrew Jackson, who is said to have initiated the “spoils system,” and I (like Truman) am not opposed to it, considering the alternative, though we should demand competence along with similar political views in appointing agency heads and others who make government run, especially in areas where scientific backgrounds are critical to the tasks assigned such agencies. Trump, of course, an incompetent narcissist, has no interest in competency since he measures competency by loyalty to himself.

The answer to all the angst demonstrated in this blog and countless others in this connection can be ended by public financing of political campaigns, but those who ardently wish (as I do) for such a means of making democracy work are up against the billions of the Kochs, Mercers, libertarians like Rand Paul and those who have a vested interest in the current application of Citizens United, which opened the floodgates of equating speech with money and corporations with people, the worst decision of the court since Dred Scott.

Ironically, it may take millennial socialism in the future to save our democracy, since capitalists consumed with making ever more profit have no such interest and are rushing lemming-like over an economic cliff of no return, aided by their money hungry lackeys in the Congress. There are many reasons to Vote Blue in November, but I can’t think of a bigger one than saving and even expanding our most valuable and precious asset held in common and one of the last few things worth dying for – our democracy.     GERALD       E

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