Barry My Liege :
It is no secret that the Republican Party and its backers want to reduce the size of the American national government.
Perhaps it is worthwhile to look to countries where the national government has been downsized to see how people are doing there.
We can look at Central America to find places where the national government is unable to provide basic services to people.
'According to John P. Sullivan, who has written extensively on this phenomena over the past several years, a "criminal insurgency" occurs when criminal enterprises compete with the state not for traditional political participation, but rather to free themselves from state control in order to maximize profits from illicit economic activity. In so doing, TOC [transnational organized crime] elements seek to establish zones of "dual sovereignty" within states where they have freedom of movement, perceived legitimacy from the communities they exploit, and the complicity or acceptance of state political actors. Ultimately, the result is pervasive corruption, evidenced by a reciprocal criminalization of politics and politicization of crime.'
But, My Liege, such places are not just problems for their residents, they become problems for the United States as well.
Here's a second quote from David C. Eckley in his article "Criminal Insurgency' is a Growing Threat in Central America" : 'Governments that are incapable of meeting their citizens' basic needs represent unstable regions that may directly threaten the American people.'
See, the thing is that these transnational organized crime (TOC) elements corrupt or kill local government officials and enlist the entire population in their violence.
Read the entire article here : http://www.mexidata.info/id3430.html
It's something that you need to monitor carefully, My Liege. We do not want TOC elements bringing their activities to the United States.
Your faithful servant,