When, in 1883, the Civil Service Commission was formed, its announced purpose was to replace the Spoils System with a career civil service structure. Prior to this, every time leadership at the top, be it the White House, a Governorship, a mayoralty, or whatever changed, so did officeholders at every level. It didn’t matter whether that officeholder was doing the job well or not, he (or she) had to go, to be replaced by someone loyal (or more loyal) to the new boss.

Woodrow Wilson, who gave rise to the so-called “Progressive” movement, and who despised the restrictions the Constitution placed on the federal government, particularly his Presidency (despite Thomas Jefferson’s wisdom in his Kentucky Resolutions of 1798: “In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”) used the term “Administrative State,” but made clear that he meant it to be HIS “Administrative State,” and that it would override, overturn and demolish that very Constitution.

Bud Nason lives in Littlestown, is a Conservative Thinker and an Adams County Voter. E-mail him at budnason@aol.com

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