Shades Of Gorbachev

Obama As GorbachevOne piece of good news for America is that there is more and more evidence that there is little or nothing but bad news for the Liberals and their party of choice, the Democrats. Their days as a political force in our country are coming to a close.

This has happened because Obama, Pelosi, and Reid – and/or their handlers – gambled – in fact the went “all in” – on a big push for Statist measures and a neo-Socialist agenda and they lost, lost big.

All that they achieved was near-beggaring the nation, causing a Hooverian extension and worsening of the economic malaise, and waking up the American people, who then chose to take back their country and its government.

This week’s fight over raising the federal debt limit exposes a key weakness in the warfare-welfare state that has bestowed power onto the Democratic Party: Without an ever-growing share of the economy, it dies. Every vital element of the Democrats’ coalition — unions, government workers, government contractors, “entitlement” consumers — requires constant increases in payments, grants and consulting contracts. Without those payments, they don’t sign checks to re-elect Democrats.

Like it or not, Obama is not the new FDR, but the new Gorbachev: a man forced to preside over the demise of a political system he desperately wants to save.

Democrat champions in the punditocracy confidently predict that the future of the world’s oldest political party is bright. But in fact, the coalition that is the modern Democratic Party is doomed. Every pillar upholding its heavy roof is crumbling.

That’s the problem with going “all in” when you’re bluffing and have nothing to back it up. When you’re called, you lose it all. That’s what has happened to the leftists and their pet politicians.

Obama is now truly much like Gorbachev was then. His mouthings are just the rhetorical floundering of a lost and bewildered politician trying to be heard over the roar of lost faith in a failed model of government. Obama, figurehead, scapegoat, judas goat, or whatever for the Liberals and their Democrats, just cannot be heard anymore – and Pelosi and Reid aren’t even speaking at all.

Thanks to the stupidity of Obama, Pelosi and Reid they even lost the terms of the arguments. Under the new rules of engagement the arguments are now solely voiced in conservative American terms. Liberal and Progressive catch-phrases, terms, and dog-whistles have been cast onto the trash heaps of history.

Even if Obama is granted a second term as POTUS it won’t matter that much. Indeed, perhaps it’s fitting the America’s First Black President be the one who presides over the dissolution of Liberal and Progressive ideology as a political force in America.

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8 Responses to “Shades Of Gorbachev”

  1. Alan Scott Says:

    President Obama has his own unique way of negotiating budget deals . I watched Guilianni speak about it . He said most chief executives submit a budget to a legislative body, then you negotiate from that . Our current President gives no plan in writing . He waits for the opposite party in the House to submit a budget and then negotiates . Rudy thought that was an idiotic way to govern .

    Since Guilianni turned around a city that was at least as bad as our country is now . That gives his opinion great weight .

    This was the way he did stimulus and Obama-Care . He leads from behind .

  2. jonolan Says:

    That’s quite true, Allan, and something that both sides of the aisle in Congress has negatively commented upon. It makes a certain sense though if Obama has realized that the agenda he was shilling for really didn’t work.

    I’m that plays right into Obama’s primary objective too, to be reelected and remembered favorably by history.

  3. Alan Scott Says:

    jonolan ,

    From what I understand, Boehner and Obama were actually heading down to a path to agreement . The question was going to be whether the Speaker could sell it to the Tea Party folks . Instead the President went back to Senate Democrats and they read him the riot act . Obama comes back to Boehner wants $ 400 Billion more in tax increases, so Boehner walked out . Boehner said that Obama just moved the goal posts .

    I am guessing that Obama’s style won’t work in getting a deal . How can he negotiate , when other Democrats can’t trust him ? Boehner is going to have to talk directly to Senate and House Democrats to get anything done, then bring in President Bull Shizeter to sell it to unhappy Democrats .

  4. jonolan Says:

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Obama is negotiating. He’s campaigning and that’s all.

    Of course that’s because you’re essentially right; Obama prefers to lead from behind – way, way, way behind and off to one side where he and his handlers think that he’ll be protected from the fallout from the crap he set in motion. Again, it’s a bit like Gorbachev, trying to keep himself alive and employed while winding down a failed system, or Hoover trying to push back the blame onto the “last guy” and the damage unto the “next guy”.

  5. Alan Scott Says:

    jonolan ,

    I have to agree. It’s all about shifting responsibility. At some point that strategy must fail. Imagine if it succeeds. All following Presidents will be mealy mouthed Eurocrats. National Review gives the following description of how they run Europe.

    ” Like the white man who speaks with forked tongue, or the Muslim permitted to use taqqiya to mislead the infidel, the Eurocrat never quite means what he says or says what he means. Indeed, what he says is compatible with almost anything, “.

    You absolutely can’t trust this guy. I am waiting for Democrats to figure that out.

  6. jonolan Says:

    No, you can’ trust Obama or anyone like him. You can, however, predict their actions once you understand what is goals are and what the situation he is in is.

  7. Alan Scott Says:


    I should know this, but I did not until I heard it on a talking head show. Harry Reid could have raised the debt ceiling back in December. Along with not passing a budget, Democrats deliberately set it up that Republicans would have to raise the debt ceiling this summer. This was to politically embarrass the Tea Party and Republicans. So our fearless leader is not the only Democrat who would rather play politics than govern.

  8. jonolan Says:

    No offense intended but yes, you should have realized that. The Dems put off almost everything for a combination of two reasons:

    1 – Not dealing with it when they couldn’t blame someone else
    2 – Trying to split Americans between the GOp & Tea Party

    The first was to avoid problems in the 2010 elections and a failure. The second looks to be a failure as well because non-Conservative GOP Reps are falling into line because we’ll primary them if they don’t.

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