When the Drafters of the US Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation did their work, the issues front & center in everyone’s mind were the then-current depredations & threats from Evil England. But by the time the Constitution was drafted, that situation had changed. Unfortunately, the Constitution as written had gaps, and is now observed mostly in the breach. As Hillsdale College has pointed out, the DC Swamp bureaucracy is now imposing many of the same kinds of burdens on Americans which led to the Revolution in the first place.
Leon Trotsky’s 1936 book “Revolution Betrayed” about the perversions of the ideals of communism by incompetence and by Stalin has some interesting quotes from Lenin. Perhaps if Lenin had been there for the drafting of the US Constitution, that document might have included some barriers to the growth of the DC Swamp bureaucracy which is now destroying the former United States.
As Trotsky tells the story, Lenin followed the thinking of Marx & Engels that it would be necessary to abolish the parasite of bureaucracy after the revolution. From 1917 onwards, when faced with the challenge of translating communist theory into practice in post-revolution Russia, “Lenin was continually occupied with the thought of liquidating this “parasite”.” Lenin recognized that there was a need for some kind of structure – but it would be essential to take measures to prevent officials & regulators from turning into bureaucrats who would themselves become a new ruling class, exploiting the people while protecting themselves. Trotsky quotes Lenin: “measures analyzed in detail by Marx and Engels: (1) not only election but recall at any time; (2) payment no higher than the wages of a worker; …”
Lenin might have got on well with the more far-sighted of the drafters of the Constitution. Trotsky noted that Lenin’s “…[Bolshevik] party program demands a replacement of the standing army by an armed people.” Maybe the National Rifle Association should confuse its Far Leftie opponents by reminding them that NRA supporters are the true followers of Lenin?
Since Lenin’s day, the nature of bureaucracy has evolved and spread from government into business. Now, it is difficult to see any difference between the bureaucrats in FedGov pushing the fear of “Climate Change” and the bureaucrats in, say, British Petroleum planning their exit from fossil fuels. For the rest of us, whether as citizens or shareholders, as we peek in the windows of those burgeoning bureaucracies, it is difficult to tell the pigs from the humans.
Where was Lenin when the Founders needed him?