Have we reached “peak progressive”?
You know, like “peak oil”, except dumber, less useful and more dangerous?
Despite of what progressivism has done to America today, in Barack Obama we may be witnessing the beginning of the end for institutional progressivism.
The one critical weakness of this contemporary progressivism is that it isn’t self-sustaining – it isn’t quite socialism, it is socialist-lite. It can’t quite bring itself to go full communist but it also can’t admit that it needs the money generated by capitalism to spend on programs and buy the votes it needs to continue. We may also have reached the limits of borrowing that American citizens are willing to put up with.
It is like a significant other who doesn’t have a steady job, doesn’t like any of the jobs they can get and can’t quite commit to a relationship.
I have to wonder because what the Ferguson riots, the tanked economy and the increases in the welfare state indicate is how mired in a 1960’s Civil Rights/Great Society mentality they are. They love the Great Society programs because that was what put them in charge…they went from the Peace Corps to academia, to community organizin’ and the federal bureaucracy and then to Congress. The Great Society became their measure of morality and their pathway to power.
The reason that everything equates to racism is that the Civil Rights era was host to the last great “victory” of progressivism and it is the only war they know how to fight. Everything must fit into a narrative of racial oppression even though contemporary times bear absolutely no resemblance to half a century ago…but like the old adage of “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail”, for their political tools to work, everything has to be clothed in the mantle of racial oppression.
President Obama really hasn’t done anything new, he has just doubled down on the same old progressive playbook. Congressional Democrats have only plumbed new depths of chicanery to achieve old goals – even Obamacare is the bastardized version of a progressive dream dating all the way back to FDR’s first administration.
Any time an ideology has to reach back 50 years to its glory days, it is a sure bet that it is out of ideas.