You make a lot of good points, Paul. But when I say a strong government, I mean a government that feels secure in standing up against special interests and not become their lapdogs or merely an extension of K-Street.

The Congress became weak when it got filled up with a bunch of guys who had no interest in governing, just wanted to mess everything up to please some of their gerrymandered constituents back home who didn’t like government on principle.

Strong leaders of integrity do the right thing, weak leaders like Trump do the corrupt thing. Strong leaders make for a strong government that’s not afraid to stand up to a gone wild president and is willing to compromise with the other side to get important work done. Weak leaders put on a phony show of strength that does nothing for anyone.

Everyone cries a bucket of tears when some government regulation cost them time and money as if anything good didn’t have a cost. For instance Wall Street kept wihining about Depression era regulations that kept the banks from doing stupid stuff for short term gains. So Bill Clinton joined with the Republicans, not for good this time, but rather for short term profit and signed away rules that had protected average Americans since the 1930s. Result was the 2008 financial crises where million lost their homes.

Rules are always a pain in the ass for someone, until they are pushed aside by special interest and all hell breaks lose.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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