Ed Driscoll

Big Government Implodes

“Mark July 3, 2013, as the day Big Government finally imploded,” Daniel Henninger writes at the Wall Street Journal, noting the combined train wreck produced by Obama’s delay in implementing his namesake socialized healthcare scheme, the implosion of trust at the NSA and IRS, Obama and Kerry’s bungling in Egypt, and even our outdated and potentially failing weather satellites:

To call the U.S. federal government a black hole is a disservice to black holes, which have a neutral majesty. Excepting the military’s fighting units, the federal government has become a giant slug, like Jabba the Hutt, inert but dangerous. Like Jabba, the government increasingly survives by issuing authoritarian decrees from this or that agency. Barack Obama, essentially a publicist for Jabba’s world of federal fat, euphemized this mess Monday as the American people’s “democracy.”

Thomas Jefferson, who must be rolling in his grave, said the way to ensure good government was to divide it among the many. Some states and cities are indeed reworking their functions in efficient, innovative ways. But Washington is oblivious to life beyond the Beltway.

Those indispensable but dying weather satellites are a metaphor for the U.S. now. Whether ObamaCare or the border fence, Washington is winding down into a black hole of its own making. The debate’s over. Liberalism will be swept into this vortex, too.

Harry Reid insists that his ideology won’t go down without taking the Senate with it as well, though.

Meanwhile, David Thompson looks at Weimar-America and does not like what he sees: “I’m Sorry, But Your Utopia is Just a Little Creepy.”