As recently as early 2015, the Obama Administration had been in a funk. He had underestimated ISIS; Putin had annexed Crimea; Syria was a catastrophe. His relations with the Repuicans [sic] in Congress, especially since the crushing 2014 midterms, were at an impasse. Then, in a single week in June, 2015: the Supreme Court ended years of legal assaults on Obamacare; the Court ruled in favor of marriage equality; and, at a funeral following the murder of nine congregants at a black church in Charleston, Obama gave a speech that captivated much of the country. Rather than focus on the race war that the killer had hoped to incite, he spoke of the “reservoir of goodness” in the living and the dead and ended by singing 'Amazing Grace.'There it is. That's it. Primarily, a record of utterly catastrophic failures in substantive issues under his purview, but, contrariwise, two Lefty Court rulings (whereby the assaults and the anti-equality were ended), plus a speechification that culminated in Obama singing "Amazing Grace". Ah! Redeemed and vindicated! The years the locusts have eaten were restored. Putin, captivated, withdrew from ... where ever, ISIS converted to Judaism, and Syria has applied to become a territory of the United States. Isn't it grand, what a speech and song can accomplish. Can Trump carry a tune? I sure does hope so.
All right, I'll admit it -- I didn't read the whole thing. Did you? You do it, and tell me if I missed anything. Well, of course I missed some things. Any time at all that you avoid an experience, you miss it. Lessons may be found in any situation at all. I'm surprised you didn't know that already. You should read more, or go for a walk or something. Experience life -- live it, don't just twitter your life away. Honestly.
But all this is but an example of a lesson already learned. Lies lies lies lies lies. I've taken again to reading the news -- primarily via RealClearPolitics. A fair and balanced survey of reputable or influential writings, left and right. Just the headlines say enough. 'Democrats Need to Focus on the Gut, Not the Head' (Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post); 'The 2016 Election Is a Disaster Without a Moral' (Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine); 'Seduced and Betrayed by Donald Trump' (Paul Krugman, New York Times); 'Trumped-Up, Trickle-Down Outrage' (Roger Kimball, The New Criterion). Take a look for yourself. They've learned nothing at all. Clichéd attacks and unthoughtful justifications. The usual suspects.
But I empathize, after my way. It's difficult to lose what you value. The Lefties seem to have, perhaps, lost the next four years. Tell me about it. What comes after Gay Marriage? -- what's next on the list? Something mandatory, no doubt. A chip implant in wrist or forehead? I haven't heard of any plans, but these things happen fast. I can't think how, but it would in some way increase equality andor social justice? We could track polluters and carbon criminals. (So I could think of how!) And hate criminals would be exterminated -- we could eradicate the offense offenders. And it would be good to know where all those openly-straight white males are. The term, 'Reeducation Camp', has such a possitive ring to it.