“‘How did you go bankrupt?’ Bill asked. ‘Two ways,’ Mike said. ‘Gradually and then suddenly.'”
– Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
The years of the Obama presidency have been challenging for America, but they’ve placed an even greater strain on American progressives. From the utter failure of Obama’s economic stimulus package to the own-goal of Obamacare and the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine, everything that progressives “know” and hold dear to the hearts is being shown to be false at best, and destructive to themselves and their country at worst.
Remember this, the “solution” to the (alleged) harm that George W. Bush did to the economy of the U.S.? Remember this graph? This is what Obama and the Democrats told us back in 2009 what unemployment would look like in the U.S. once their $152 billion dollar boondoogle was passed.
Here’s the harsh reality.
Good thing we spent all that money, or else we’d really be in trouble!
The (un)employment record of the Obama administration continues to be gloomy: The latest figures for February show that the jobs market is rotten to the core, with little hope of change in sight. The government-first, people-second policies of Obama and his cronies have not only failed to produce the jobs as they predicted, they’re trying to halt the progress of job markets that are actually growing, and stop other jobs before they even start.
The narrative for decades was simple: Republicans are rich plutocrats who only care about money and power, and the people who run the GOP got their money and power by sending middle-class Americans to the poor house so they could buy another summer mansion.
And that was the sympathetic view: People who hated Republicans called them Nazis and left it at that.
ObamaCare is showing that the truth is a lie. Democrats, who are supposed to care about the downtrodden, passed ObamaCare, not Republicans, and ObamaCare is ruining the lives of millions of Americans. Obama told us if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan (you can’t), if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor (you can’t) and that with his new law, health insurance would cost less than your cell phone bill. Now he’s telling us that we should stop paying our cell phone bill and our cable bill and sign up for one of his law’s lousy, expensive health care insurance plans.
The devastating failure of Obamacare will ripple down through American politics for generations to come, because it breaks apart the foundation that the house of cards of modern liberalism is built on, namely that liberals care for people more than conservatives do. Canceling health insurance and kicking millions of people off of health plans just to make sure their cronies are well-paid is something that Republicans are supposed to do, not Democrats. Now that the pathetic sympathy of the Democrat’s “love of the common man” has been shown to be nothing but a power grab (and a poor one at that), the ongoing narrative of Democratic excellence at social issues is coming to a screeching halt.
Reagan Was Right. Again.
Speaking of collapsing narratives, as a child of the 80’s, we knew, knew growing up that Ronald Reagan would kill us all with his cowboy “My side good, your side bad” attitude towards Soviet aggression. The medias made sure to tell us that the Soviets were more than willing to make peace, if only we took the courageous first step and laid down our nuclear weapons first, the the Kremlin would do the same. It wasn’t the Soviet Union’s 1800+ missiles pointed at Bonn, Belgium and Birmingham that were the problem, it was the 500+ missiles that our cowboy President and his buddies in the military-industrial complex wanted to put in Europe as a counterweight to those commies that was the problem.
Reagan was going to get us all killed. Liberals knew that, and weren’t afraid to tell us that by any means necessary.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the apocalypse: The apocalypse wasn’t there when we arrived. Faced with an enemy that was willing and able to call it’s bluff, the Soviet Union (much like liberalism now…) collapsed under decades of mismanagement and failed policies. Faced with the harsh realities of an economic meltdown and an opposing leader who could lead, Grobachev and glasnost ended communism, and the Cold War ended.
But that’s not how liberals see it. Somehow, communism was doomed all along, and it just happened to collapse while Reagan was President (much like Richard Petty just happened to be in the lead on all those Daytona 500’s he won… I digress.), and Reagan’s words and deeds had nothing to do with Communism’s fall, it was going to happen anyways despite what Reagan (or Thatcher, or Pope John Paul II) did. To a progressive, communism ended in the Soviet Union because of any reason besides a show of strength from the West.
Flash-forward 20 years, and the President of the United States is on-record saying that after he’s re-elected, he’ll have “more flexibility” to lower the defenses of the United States to the President of a resurgent Russia. Less than two years later, Russian tanks are rolling through the independent country of the Ukraine, and the U.S. does nothing. A man like Russian President Putin respects strength, not flexibility, and to people like him, being flexible only means it’ll be easier to tie you in knots when the time comes. There is no doubt in my mind that in his classes at Columbia and Harvard in the 80’s, Obama bought into the “conventional wisdom” of the 80’s that Reagan’s strength is what made the world dangerous, not the Soviet’s aggression. The U.S and the world is now paying the price for our President’s failure to grasp the true history of the Cold War and live the lie of a progressive worldview where America is always the one at fault.
In just six short years, liberals and progressives have failed spectacularly in economic policy, in social policy and in foreign policy. Not only have the failed, but those policies have done serious damage to the United States at home and abroad. It’s time to end the nanny state before she smothers the baby in the crib.
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March 16th, 2014 by exurbankevin