The purpose is clear: reform the American deep state in a conservative function. Everyone will remember that the first Trump administration was rocked by dozens of dismissals among members of his entourage, especially during the first two years of his administration, which also affected the highest levels of his team starting from the first Secretary of State Rex TillersonThen James Mattis, Steve Bannon, John Bolton and many others. All torpedoed for having hindered the objectives of the Tycoon’s agenda. But above all, Trump has always accused the deep state of being an obstacle to government action. The gigantic bureaucratic machine of the US state apparatus, with its infinite checks and balances, makes government action extremely slow and difficult, especially for a president who, like Trump in 2016, had no political experience, and who therefore, together with the his cabinet, struggled with dismissals and tug-of-war with the administrative apparatus to achieve the objectives set.
This happens in all the democracies of the world (the current Italian government has had experience of this in the last year), and in the United States it was precisely the Founding Fathers who developed a complex and cumbersome administrative system precisely to prevent power from being concentrated in the hands of a few men. To have even a minimal impact on federal structures requires years of presidency and years of political experience. Project 2025 gets to the heart of the matter, and in its almost thousand pages of analysis identifies thousands of crucial places within each sector of the US apparatus on which to act immediately. If implemented, it would result in a huge and very efficient spoil system actionwhere, in about six months, thousands of key figures would be replaced with previously chosen people, already prepared for the work to be done, and ready for action as soon as they settled in their respective offices.
The result would be an enormous strengthening of the powers of the executive who would find themselves governing a “machine” no longer hostile, but assembled in its own image and likeness. Project 2025 not only deals with technical details, but outlines the main themes of the conservative agenda. As for internal issues, there is the will to radically reform justice, overturn the FBI, dismantle the Department of Education and Commerce. Furthermore, there is a strong crackdown on abortion and civil rights, and the goal of bringing the roles of the Christian Church and the state closer together. The Heritage Foundation, which created and financed the project, belongs to the more traditional branch of American conservatism, very different from the more “secular” one of Nixon or Reagan, and in line with that idea of America of the pioneers of the 18th century, which has resurfaced at the beginning of 2000 with the Tea Party, which considers Americans of European origin as the descendants of Israel, the new chosen people who must create the Kingdom of God on earth.
But even more important is the chapter regarding the extension of the president’s powers. This data is crucial, because it directly impacts Europe and Italy. Having fewer obstacles, President Trump could speed up a lot his policy of military disengagement and weakening of NATO, forcing European countries to dramatically increase their defense budgets. Project 2025 is therefore a fundamental tool for imagining what American politics could be in the coming years, and its implications throughout the world. Leading in all polls in a clash with Biden, Republicans are preparing for unprecedented action to revolutionize the American deep state, and if Trump is really the candidate as everyone predicts, it is certain that he will be much less kind than the first time.