From The Deep State, The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government by Mike Lofgren, an excellent book about the sorry state of our government.
“What I have suggested sounds utopian, even unworldly. But the United States has done more surprising things in its history. One of the most astonishing events of my life was the rapid collapse of the Soviet Union and its empire in Eastern Europe. The Wise Men of Washington, Bob Gates and the rest of his tribe, assumed it to be a well-functioning totalitarian system, cold as ice and unyielding steel. Yet it crumbled not because of military force or violent revolution. The people who lived there and bore its burdens imply gave up believing its myths. The United States is far better situated than the Soviet Union ever was, despite our many institutional flaws and the accretion of ideological myths that have impaired our ability to see the world as it is and live sensibly and peaceably with it. The path to a better America will come surprisingly easily when, to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, we ‘disenthrall ourselves’ from wornout myths and the fears that underlie them.”