Think of this as Volume 17, Number 41 of the newsletter I have written weekly since March, 1997. Enjoy.
First comes excess. An obsolete political thesis (a set of myths and values underlying power) causes the crisis. In this case, it was George W. Bush following the Nixon Thesis into the ditch of Iraq, Katrina, and the Great Economic Meltdown of 2008.
When anyone questioned him, he just repeated the old mantras, louder. He knew no other way, any more than Lyndon Johnson, or Herbert Hoover, or James Buchanan before him. After all, he learned his politics at his daddy's knee, and his father adapted his to those of Ronald Reagan. Who validated Nixon.
It's when Thesis hardens into ideology and ideology runs into history that America runs into a brick wall.