The Administration has really stepped in it (again) this time, and it’s even kicking up a storm in the MSM.
DC’s inability to put this issue (or any other for that matter) reliably to bed is due to some simple reasons.
i) What Dr. Edwin called “impenetrable hubris” amongst those who perceive themselves as the highminded within the system.
ii) The drug war – like most wars, “is a racket” as Smedly Buttler may have put it. In this case, it’s a war that has nothing to do with securing American liberty. It’s big money being able to play both sides simultaneously. It benefits certain industries at the expense of others that both prey upon and penalizes the American people in order to pursue a war funded by and against themselves, and
iii.) And DC’s continued break from reality and inevitably unstoppable slide into ineffectiveness.
It’s like watching a poorly scripted and produced reality-show version of House of Cards. One which the American people are increasingly finding as distasteful, trite, and tiresome, and as dangerous as it is destructive to all who try to wield Tolkien’s Ring of Power. And we are rightly wanting to turn it off and unsubscribe from it before it does even more harm.
And it will, it’s inevitable really (H/T to both Martin VanCrevelds’ The Transformation of War, and as always – Boyd).
This is what happens when you start with the idea that you can centralize wisdom and the mission becomes the survivability and sustenance of the institution over the people you are ostensibly there to serve.
Because the system has become so centralized and internally focused on maintaining power over the years, they can only produce OODA Loops (yes, back to Boyd) slowly with the inappropriate one size fits all solutions, handed down by highminded and accredited “experts”. Solutions that won’t work or won’t work the way envisioned at all because they are not based upon the current reality on the ground. Because they are not looking at the reality on the ground for possible answers or any new issues that always spring up at the point of contact; they are putting all their eggs in a very centralized, slow, reactive, ineffectual, unreliable, and fragile basket, one that will shatter at first contact.
Add to all of that the typical DC response of – it’s better to do something with partial information than to do nothing (it’s really not), and mix in poor decisions making models with their typical strategy of throwing a ton of money, manpower, resources, and regulations (because remember, it’s their brilliant solution to pretty much anything), and you have the ongoing shitshow that only benefits DC and the rent-seekers who constantly petition it – all at the expense of the American people.
2020 and, God help us, even 2021 so far, are proving just how detached DC is from reality and just how badly the system is broken.
It’s what happens when you become internally focused on the bureaucracy and its solutions and start issuing what the military calls a “command push”, rather than focusing externally on problems and asking for recon pulls – which comes from the experts who have “boots on ground” and are in contact with the problem right now.
And because you aren’t using recon pulls and listening to the experts who are in contact with reality, you aren’t finding the best solutions from all the opportunities the tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of local experts on the ground – who are working out the solutions in thousands of if not millions or billions of tiny expert experiments (OODA Loops within OODA Loops). And without listening you can’t know if what you are doing is successful or not. There is no credible intel going up the chain to contradict the assumption and current narrative. It’s a big echo chamber.
Again, this is all very Boydian.
This is what happens when you think you know better and act like an arrogant ruler, rather than acting as wise leaders and advisors who influence and create change from the solutions and opportunities that are produced by the local experts… again, from the ground up. And none of the good local stuff can happen when trust and cooperation aren’t in place and you’re being TOLD what to do instead of advised and asked for feedback.
Who in their right mind would trust any organization they interact with, let alone DC when treated like that?
It’s what happens when a system is turned upside down and inside out, where everything is backward and where centralized decision-making makes for OODA Loops that are slow and more ineffective at each successive action based on the improper reality and the poor decisions multiply at an exponential rate as they fight the wrong reality.
This leaves the system an easy target for exploitation from any faction that doesn’t compete in the same space, time, and operates in a completely different reality.
And that applies to both parties.
This is what happens when you put your faith in a superman or centralized higher power that you can appeal to but that you don’t have direct influence over or involvement in – other than a petition of redress that will never come. People wait for delivery from “above” instead of taking action to solve the problem themselves – because they were never empowered or expected to do so.
Both parties and the administration should consider their next steps wisely, and we all know that’s a tall order for DC.
Numerous Presidents, VP’s, Senators, Congressmen, etc., have openly admitted to ingesting cannabis and even gone so far as to support its decriminalization.
Would they take the current Orwellian route of impeaching prior Presidents with their steely resolve to ensure their oh-so-pious (lol) morals are upheld? I don’t think so, few associate DC with high-morality or politicians with a strength of character, and everyone would know it’s a farce anyway.
Will they go so far as to fire the current VP, unseat federal congressmen and senators, or demand that state legislators step down, thereby proving to everyone that they never mean what they say on the campaign trail?
This would be banking on the voter’s poor short-term memory. In the past, that’s been a pretty good bet. Who knows, they may think that perhaps they can get away with it… perhaps they can.
But as recent history has proven with the power of the internet and all of the special interest groups and associations springing up keeping track of the duplicity in politics now – it’s unlikely – but hey, it’s DC – anything stupid can and does happen.
Bank on this though; the system is doomed due to the fact it’s thoroughly centralized and incapable of making good decisions because of it. Oh, and it doesn’t matter what they say, or how loyal you are – you’re politically expendable because it’s a big club, and you ain’t in it.
Decentralize everything and quick – our better and brighter future depends on it.