The Washington Post finally recognizes that the foreign policy of the President exists only in a fantasy world, saying:
“For five years, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past.”
Nice of them to notice – but this fantasy world isn’t any more limited to foreign policy than it is just to President Obama – this video game construction of reality is a common feature of modern progressives, spanning every Democratic administration since the election of Jimmy Carter.
In my opinion, Lyndon Johnson was the last Democratic president who was even close to being a realist. Carter engaged in make believe policies that led to catastrophic economic conditions, a foreign policy that lead to hostages being taken in Iran and invented the use of oil as a weapon our enemies could use against us. Clinton had his “DotCom” economic expansion that consisted of nothing – when the value of a company was based on how fast they could spend money (burn rate) in a “knowledge-based economy” no one yet understood, investors were just asking for trouble…the only thing that stopped even more wonders was the election of a Republican Congress in 1994.
And we know of President Obama’s mythical economic “recoveries”, his “leading from behind” and the wonders of Obamacare.
I can’t lay it all on Democrats; there have been several “progressive” enablers – G.H.W. “No New Taxes” Bush and his “Compassionate Conservative” son, George W. Bush both played supporting roles at different points during their terms, as did the Republicans in the House and Senate – but what is undeniable is that every Republican president since Nixon has had some mess of Democrat presidential or congressional origin to clean up. Nixon had the war in Vietnam, Reagan the debacle of the Carter years, Bush the Younger came into office on the heels of the “dotcom” bubble bursting and exited as the mortgage bubble burst after “progressive” manipulation of the Community Reinvestment Act and Democrats Barney Frank and Chris Dodd threatened banks from their committee perches and rebuffed Bush’s six attempts to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
For these post-modernist “progressives” (both Democrat and Republican), all of this is about construction a world they can control and be relevant in. This is where all the magical thinking and denial of reality comes from.
Some examples: countries will respect us if we are just nicer to them, America won’t be threatened as long as we make ourselves weaker because weak is the new strong, terrorism is caused by poverty not religious hatred, it is not fair that people who have little or no income can’t buy a house they can’t possibly pay for, unemployment insurance is stimulative, it is a sign of a recovering economy that food stamps are at record levels, the government can mandate insurance for every possible condition and it won’t cost a dime, we can borrow ourselves out of debt and Obamacare has overcome that singular scourge of our time – “job lock”.
The hits just keep on coming.
When executed by “progressive” Democrat administrations they are able to maintain just enough connection with reality so that they aren’t immediately denounced as fools and frauds. They do so by ignoring any action that augurs minor consequences (allowing them to resolve themselves with minor impact) because they are politically strong enough to deflect and thereby withstand the political effects (this is why scandals like Fast and Furious, the IRS, the NSA and Benghazi have had little effect to date). They also are masters at delaying major issues until they are someone else’s problem by acquiescence to milquetoast policy positions, manipulating budgets and pushing the true costs of programs way out into the future or simply using debt to finance them, kicking the can down the road and avoiding the immediate impact of the massive tax increases that would be required to pay for them in real time.
All of this amounts to a perpetual “progressive” feedback loop where successive Democrat presidents and Congresses create unreality Republicans try to correct it but largely fail as they are hampered by the “progressives “ in their own party who secretly agree with the Democrats –or at least fear to oppose them.
Until we are able to get a majority of realist Democrat and Republicans in control, this process amounts to nothing less than a death spiral for our nation that will be helped along by our realist enemies – enemies like Putin of Russia, Xi Jinping of China and the Mad Mullahs of Iran.