We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I've come to the conclusion people like Grunwald think of freedom loving Americans in exactly the same terms (ie, "you really have to wonder about people who think like this").
Somewhere in my youth, I saw public virtues becoming redefined as their historical opposites and civil society becoming a vehicle for restraining personal freedoms.
"Virtuous" citizens used to be those who learned to be self-reliant, acted with restraint and personal responsibility, protected their freedoms zealously, and objected on moral grounds to government encroachment on individual rights. The social contract was, once upon a time, a vehicle to express the Jeffersonian founding dictum, "that government is best which governs least". Now, its all different. Just ask Grunwald and his compadres, our governing class.
It's simple. Grunwald & ilk admire power and trust it to do what they want and expect it to do. They do not trust that individual citizens will do what they want and expect. So expanding state power is no concern to them.
I think they also, whether consciously expressed or not, think politics (theirs) and virtue itself are generally the same thing, so an expansive state advancing their politics causes no dismay.
Nineteen hundred and forty-six. 1946, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works.
I think it's a disease of affluence. We are a very wealthy people. Perhaps the wealthiest, for a group our size, that has ever been in the world. It seems to me a large percentage of human beings react to wealth badly.
Poverty and hardship somehow seem to keep us in line.