You really do have to wonder just how bad things have become before the religious left* finally acknowledges they have screwed up and that some other approach is required. The wheels do grind slowly but a decade or two is not that long in the history of nations and civilisations. Time is also not on our side. From Roger Kimball discussing the United States, with the bad news first:
Now that the transformation is well underway, there are fewer if any cheers. The economy is moribund. Obamacare is more unpopular than ever. Racial tensions are far worse now than when Obama came to office. Everywhere one looks, Obama’s domestic agenda is in shambles. And when it comes to international affairs — well, let’s just say that Obama must be rueing the day he drew that red line about Syria or heard the name Vladimir Putin. Has there ever been a more cringe-making presidential speech than the incoherent bilge that oozed out of Obama’s mouth last Tuesday? Jimmy Carter’s infamous ‘malaise speech’ is the only thing that even comes close, and at least Carter’s speech had the intelligence of Christopher Lasch’s book The Culture of Narcissism as a source.
But he thinks the problem with electing the hollowest of men as president is finally beginning to dawn on the left. This is the good news, such as it is:
I believe that we are witnessing the gradual, or possibly not so gradual, decomposition of the emotional consensus that put Obama into the White House in 2008 and, not without a struggle, returned him in 2012.
I’ll believe it when I see it. In the meantime, Obama has ceded the defence of the West to Vladimir Putin.
* The religious left are socialists of one kind or another who have substituted their political beliefs in place of an actual religion.
UPDATE: You have to click over to Powerline to see just how unlikely it is that the American media are going to walk away from their own creation, the man who represents their values almost down to the ground. The media are a fifth column of immense power. Until they are dealt with, the answers to our problems will not be forthcoming.