I haven’t had much to write lately. I guess I’m a good example of the criticism that the GOP is a better opposition party than a governing party. At least personally, I find offensive things in the world and the media easier to write about, whereas good governance–broadly understood–just lets me focus on other interests. Politics, after all, is chiefly an instrumental good, one that creates space for real life to flourish: art, literature, music, family, creativity, commerce, and friendship. And Trump, so far, is doing a good job.
That said, the bipartisan hatred of him is likely rooted in something interesting I read recently–I can’t find the link sadly–that the large permanent bureaucracy of the government means that elections largely don’t matter. Indeed, when coupled with judicial supremacy, 99% of what government might in an ordinary country control is out of the hands of the governed. We can’t decide who gets to be in our country, who gets to go to which public schools, whether to have war or peace, whether to permit abortion, gay marriage, or much else, whether and in what ways we may associate with one another privately, and for 3/4 or more of the federal budget, whether tax dollars are spent one way or another. These matters have either been decided by others, rendered off limits on the basis of dubious readings of the Constitution, or otherwise through bipartisan consensus of the political leadership, are deemed matters on which the will of the governed is wholly irrelevant.
And the meaning of Trump is that an election happened where something might actually change. Something tangible and real on the main matters of bipartisan consensus: immigration, trade, and our muscular (but largely unhelpful) foreign policy.