My fellow Americans,
Maybe “hate” is too strong a word for what your average government official feels for the average American citizen: “despises” or “holds in utter contempt” is probably closer.
Petty corruption, abuse of funds, abuse of power, juvenile ideological biases, and simple incompetence have stained every federal agency during the Obama administration, and they know they can get away with it.
If the Bush presidency was marred by the one big lie, that toppling Saddam was an urgent national security interest, the Obama presidency is characterized by constant, daily mendacity. The administration has lied about everything: from the big things like the effects of the Affordable Care Act or the causes of its now weekly foreign policy disasters, to little things like monthly unemployment rates.
If it were just White House officials, it would not be such a problem: we could just wait for the next president. Instead the lies, condescension and incompetence are also coming from career bureaucrats in the Justice Department, the IRS, the CDC, the Secret Service, the FBI, the NIH, the ATF, the Inspector General’s Office, the NSA, the EPA, the State Department, the Department of Agriculture, the TSA, the Department of Homeland Security, even the Park’s Service.
It is not just that these career bureaucrats are dishonest and incompetent: they also believe that they are your moral and intellectual superiors. They know better than you how you should be raising your children, spending your money, driving your car, eating your food, buying your clothes, running your business, working at your job. The desire to lie to you and the desire to run your life both stem from the fact they despise you.
How can you fix a government when dishonesty and idiocy reign in every federal acronym agency in a country drowning in acronyms? You can’t. These trends cannot be changed, no matter what party you vote for. No political party, once in power, will ever vote itself less power, no matter what sort of rhetoric it uses.
But a nation only runs on trust. Once people stop trusting that they laws are just, or that they will be evenly applied, or that an unjust law can some day be changed, they simply stop obeying. If no one obeys a law, no government can enforce it.
Within the generation, everyone will be cheating on their tax returns, everyone will be participating in the black market, everyone will be paying bribes, everyone will be looking over one shoulder, then over the other, and flaunting the law. It will be a shock for us Americans, who were raised on concepts like government transparency and civic duty, but we can survive; Mexicans and Italians have been living like this for as long as there have been a Mexico and an Italy. Know who your friends are, keep your head down, always have a plan B, be ready to grease a palm or two, and you’ll get by.