When Perfect Doesn’t Exist


I wasn’t aware of Mr. Caddell’s 1983 memo, but it appears he was spot-on in reading the US politics of his day that explains much of the past 40-50 years and how we got to where we are today.

It’s interesting to note that for half the country’s voters, Donald Trump represents the fictional Mr. Smith who will clean up national political corruption (“drain the swamp”?). Obviously a very imperfect candidate, but it only goes to show that one does not even need to be liked to play the role. I doubt the Democrats can counter this in the nine short months to the next election.

I should note that half the story is not covered here, the half that explains why this era is different than past eras of political corruption. It has to do with how we have financed a governing behemoth run by very fallible human beings. Next post…

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