8th November 2012
John Hinderaker is not afraid to ask the hard questions.
I don’t understand why anyone would vote for four more years of unemployment and poverty, but that is what the American people voted for, and that is what they are going to get.
After 50 years of left-wing teachers spending their time on left-wing indoctrination rather than actual education, I’m surprised that he’s surprised.
Obama will now have to reveal his agenda for a second term, heretofore a closely-guarded secret. In particular, what is he going to do about the nation’s $16 trillion debt? Obama’s answer during his first term was “nothing.” His budget, incorporating any number of optimistic assumptions, called for the debt to rise to $20 trillion. I don’t see how Obama can get through his second term without articulating some plan, however half-baked, for dealing with the debt.
I do. He’ll make a lot of mouth-noise but effectively ignore it, just as he did during his first term. So the country goes broke: What’s that to him? He’ll be making Clinton-level money as the Magic Negro, and there are a lot of golf courses he hasn’t hit yet. His daughters will go to Ivy League schools and marry well, like Chelsea Clinton, and he and Michelle will spend their ‘golden years’ in Aspen and Malibu and Martha’s Vinyard and Georgetown.
Tom Smith at The Right Coast has an interesting take:
I really feel that Obama has revealed a bug in our constitutional system. Some would say it’s a feature, but it’s a bug. The idea was (see Federalist Papers) to make it very unlikely that a demagogue could get himself elected by appealing the the lowest passions (e.g., “revenge”, free stuff) of the electorate. This elaborate system was supposed to protect individual rights, including property, among other things. Doesn’t seem to have worked out that way. Turns out that by using, for example, the latest computationally driven techniques, you can micro target voters in very specific places, appeal to their specific desires (“factions” doesn’t even capture it — micro-factions maybe)and get yourself elected, while a whole bunch of other people don’t even vote. Then you spend out the credit of the country to all friends and sundry, and when the lemon is squeezed out, fly off to be an international celebrity. I believe our Framers would have called this a monarchical abuse and a form of corruption of course. It would not baffle them; they would recognize it. It just turns out our system has evolved into something that does not prevent it very well. I realize this account is comically crude but some more sophisticated version of it is, I think, essentially correct. I think what we probably need is some sort of constitutional reform, something that makes us not prone to fiscal implosion via massive rent seeking and benefits-for-votes systems.
Our system has been coming apart ever since the ‘progressives’ captured the government under Teddy Roosevelt. His ‘trust-busting’ created the demagogue-favorable atmosphere that allowed Wilson (with an assist from Teddy’s ego) to become President, and Wilson gave us the constitutional amendments that introduced the federal income tax (an ever-increasing spigot of money that made it profitable to hold federal office) and direct election of Senators (which destroyed a key bulwark of federalism). That power would become more and more concentrated in Washington, and that ‘States’ would become just a money-wasting intermediary layer of bureaucracy, became simply a matter of time.
Unfortunately, I don’t see any effective way of ‘turning the clock back’. Too many profit from the existing system, and too few understand and appreciate that correcting it requires undoing stuff they’ve learned in school were Milestones to Progress, to get it done. We may have to continue on through to the traditional fascist dictatorship and collapse before any opportunity arises to fix things.