Blame Progressivism for America's Dysfunctional Politics
The presidency of Donald Trump is a truly strange time in American politics. Democrats are trying to impeach a duly-elected first-term president for the first time in U.S. history. A deep state has frustrated that president, investigating his campaign before and after his inauguration. Republicans are celebrating Trump's victory in getting judges appointed to federal courts — judges who will uphold the plain text of the Constitution, because so many previous judges have done the opposite. Congress keeps passing one "continuing resolution" after another in lieu of a budget.
Politics is driven by partisanship, gridlock, and mistrust. How did it come to this, and how can Americans push back?
Part of the problem is structural. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, intellectuals started to reject the basic structure of America's Constitution and the Founding Fathers' vision for government. Many thought a modern scientific bureaucracy should set the rules and regulations for society — and they thought that these scientific bureaucrats would be largely immune to political influence. If they were educated and trained to be scientific experts rather than partisans, the thinking went, these bureaucrats would be able to govern far better than democratically-elected representatives.