This article by Donald Sensing was recommended by several commenters yesterday. It doesn’t say anything that hasn’t been said before, both here and elsewhere. But it says it very well and quite succinctly.
It’s a gloomy message. But it seems to be the truth, at least as I see it.
That doesn’t mean there might not be some black swans on the horizon that could make a big difference. But that possibility doesn’t change the persuasiveness of the picture painted by Sensing.
That’s the reason I dreaded the 2012 election even more than the 2008 one, and why I had a constantly upset stomach for the entire week before the election and the entire week after. I knew what Obama’s re-election would mean for this country and its people. And I knew Obama was very very likely to win.
But it’s not really Obama himself. It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again: he could never have gotten away with this and been re-elected had the American public not been ready to vote for a smooth-talking orator of little substance and almost no accomplishment, who contradicted himself and blamed others for his every failure while simultaneously pretending to take the high road. Part of this is the self-righteous kick they got out of voting for the first black president. But part of it is the dumbing-down of American culture, the paucity of critical thinking, and the full and eager cooperation of the MSM.
[NOTE: And this from Sarah Hoyt makes some good points as well, although I have a few quibbles with it. The first is that, even in the early days of Communism, it seemed to appeal to quite a few intellectuals, even before the huge leftist propaganda machine really got going. The second is that Great Britain and Israel are two other countries that do a lot of breast-beating and mea-culpa-ing, and educate their elites (at least to a certain extent) to be very critical of what their countries have done.]