Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"Other solutions." Glenn Reynolds stumbles toward a moment of revelation.

Glenn Reynolds: "Forecast of distrust with a chance of revolution."
All of this comes against a background of debacles like the botched ObamaCare rollout, the mistranslated “reset” button with Russia, a Secret Service that can’t seem to hang on to its guns, to keep its agents sober or to keep intruders out of the White House, an EPA that didn’t report the water problems in Flint, Mich., and a seemingly endless array of similar screwups. When they’re not crooks, our leaders all too often seem to be incompetents.
If this were just one-sided anger at the Obama Administration, then it would be troubling, but not dangerous. But if, as seems plausible, a majority of Americans don’t think a Republican administration would represent a substantial improvement, then we’ve got a bigger problem. If voters think that they can’t vote their way out of a problem, then they may look to other solutions.


Anonymous said...

". . . majority of Americans don’t think a Republican ESTABLISHMENT (GOPe RINO) administration would represent a substantial improvement,. . ."

There. Fixed it for ya. Yer welcome.

B Woodman

Chiu ChunLing said...

"Some 71% said military officers put the interests of the country ahead of their own interests, while just 12% thought the same about members of Congress."

"A democracy that gives rise to those sorts of sentiments is a democracy that’s in trouble."

That's a pretty big stumble. A democracy that doesn't distrust the motivations of its politicians is in much bigger trouble than one that does. The alarming thing about those numbers is that they are dramatically higher than they should be. Democracy cannot survive if anyone believes politicians won't sell out their country if it is in their best interests to do so. And in a military organization full of career officers, it is complete nonsense to believe that many of them are really in it to serve their country over their own interests.

Still, the more people who recognize that the defects are in our government, the less destructive the coming war will be. War is always a terrible thing, but it is always worse the more people back the wrong side.