You make some relevant observations...
“she saw it most starkly under Bush” - ain't that the way it goes? Many of my Democrat friends/colleagues saw the degradation and the danger under Bush. Many of my Republican friends/colleagues could point to it under Clinton & Obama. Both sides were right of course, even while looking at different aspects. I suppose a person's current paradigm regulates what they perceive.
When you've personally experienced the reality anything, big government as leviathan, etc. it's bound to hit home. I think she senses the depth, the darkness, and the closeness of it all more than most.
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