We have two competing world views in American politics. The first says that government cannot help people. That government must be as small as possible, and exists only to provide security from external enemies. The other says that government can be a force for good and can help make people’s lives better.
This week, we are seeing the effects of the lack of government. The American people are seeing what happens when the GOP worldview is dominant. We’ve talked about the two disasters — the hurricane itself, which was unavoidable, and the response to the hurricane and lack of leadership, which was.
We are seeing a third disaster — the conservative world view itself, crashing and burning as reality meets ideology. Where government programs are slashed in the name of Norquist’s drownable government, only to see an entire major city wiped off the face of the map as a result.