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One of the features of highly geared machinery is that when one or more parts fail and you can’t stop the machinery to repair/replace a worn, warped, or damaged part, the continued workings of the machinery generate vibration. This vibration, if unaddressed, only grows with time and eventually the machine can literally shake apart. In other words, it self-destructs. And it doesn’t matter that some of its parts are working just fine or working with tolerable vibrations of their own — the entirety of the machinery is wrecked, its reasonably functioning parts made idle.
I wonder if this is an apt metaphor for what is happening in this country and why solutions seem increasingly extraordinary and unattainable? Our Founders drafted for our forebears’ approval a machine design. Like a fine watch, there were balancing mechanisms crafted to put limits on how much movement any part could deviate from its specified function. There were even features built-in to permit additions and changes to the machinery even as it continued to operate. But the one thing it could not do was stop.
And because it cannot stop, every wobble had to be addressed in situ while the machine continued to run. Parts might be taken offline, but never the machine itself. Therefore care had to be taken about how to stop a part within a running machine without creating additional troubles; how to add gearing while the machine was running without stripping another essential gear.
Because things are continuing to move, even a correctly designed part when inserted can be damaged or rendered less useful simply during the process of installation. Because parts are moving sometimes new gears are not precisely shaped to be inserted into the operating movements of the machine, and never quite seat themselves correctly.
Vibrations are created by these ill-fitting and sub-par parts. A little vibration is annoying but tolerable; a lot of vibration is dangerous. And when these vibrations are unaddressed they get greater and greater. And as the vibration increases the capability of repairing the machinery is reduced. At some point you back away from the machine that you can no longer repair, which is too dangerous to try and insert or remove a part, and simply hope that when the machine shakes itself apart, you are not injured by flying debris and that there is a sufficient number of salvageable parts to get the machine up and running again even if with reduced function.
We had a governmental machine designed to contain the forces of entropy while protecting our natural rights. Now it feels like entropy is winning and ordered liberty cannot withstand, at least in some possibly geologic short run, the coming chaos.Published in