As Dr. Charlotte Twight explains in laborious detail in "Dependent On D.C.," America is in a crisis that most of the public does not comprehend. A reason is that most citizens have not read history, especially as written by Alexis de-Toqueville in the 1830s while observing the new American republic, its dreams and future perils. He had amazing insights and incredibly accurate visions of our future, much of which has come to pass. An analysis of his views in the context of what has happened is the essence of the Twight book and centers on a "shift from personal autonomy to dependence on government¿the defining characteristic of modern American politics." That thought has overwhelming significance to the U.S. business community, the only origin of national wealth and financial support of governments. Those two words are quite significant because there is no other source of government revenue than via private industry. While individuals have voting power, business has a collective power to influence application of that power, but the two are not joined. American labor unions have successfully joined these ideas (the collective voting for political agendas), but business has not, instead squandering its political fortunes selfishly in this rising calamity.
Dr. Twight makes compelling arguments that government manipulates private sector ability to stop power quests by systematically increasing cost of citizen resistance. Some of my friends insist that this is a "conspiracy theory," but I disagree on bases that history shows it is true in five, key areas: social security, income tax, Medicare, public education and information data collection, which includes general business regulatory areas. As I have written in the past, this whole sorry episode began in 1936 when the U.S. Supreme Court "reinterpreted" the Constitution to allow non-existent powers to be activated under the aegis of 'the common good" in regulating "interstate commerce." The Court, "unaccountable, immovable, and irreversible" in the words of Constitutional scholar Raoul Berger, changed "due process" of 5th and 14th amendments to empower government "enforcements" in ways destructive of individual liberty. The Court changed America because the Justices knew the words of Confucius, "When words lose their meaning, peoples lose their liberty," just as they knew the Founders' intent to establish laws with certainty instead of those of arbitrariness by men.