Here’s what nearly eight years of Progressivism, accomplished by President Barack Obama (D) and his Progressive-Democrat acolytes in the Democratic Party, have done. As The Wall Street Journal put it:
- largest stimulus spending bill in decades
- nationalized the student-loan industry
- turned the banks into public utilities answerable first to government
All of these have created the slowest recession recovery since WWII. The nominally low unemployment rate that has been achieved is measured against the backdrop of the lowest labor participation rate in 40 years—in two generations. Banks as government-managed public utilities, no longer responsive exclusive to the banks’ owners and creditors—which includes us individual savings and checking account holders? That’s just another means for government to collect revenue.
Progressivism has been bypassing our republican democracy form of representative government for the last several years, too. Obama has ruled by Executive diktat Executive Order, Executive Action, Department/Agency rulemaking to achieve
- climate change
Then there’s foreign affairs.
- deals with adversaries—the nuclear weapons deal with Iran, for instance, and acceptance of Russian partitions of Georgia and Ukraine
- distanced us from our allies—denigrating Israel over their efforts to defend themselves against Palestinian terrorism, for instance
- with Progressivism’s cynical budget maneuvering there’s less ability to support military spending—to the tune of defense spending falling to 3% of GDP and less—down from 4.6% those eight years ago
All of this is Progressivism’s pell-mell retreat from our responsibilities on the global stage, and that world is far more unstable and dangerous to us and to those friends and allies than it was eight years ago.
Then there’s Progressivism’s attitude toward us plebeian Americans. They’ve plied the politics of identity to divide us by ideology, age, race, class, gender, and any other cleverly defined separation they could create, and then they’ve played these artificial distinctions (we used to be all Americans, after all, who happened to be of one gender or the other, have one skin color or another, one ethnic heritage or another) against each other in Progressives’ cynical effort to maximize their personal power.
Do we really need—can our nation really afford—four more years of the same?