We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Facing a free-wheeling Trump, she is weighted down by tons of baggage. This year was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s “turn,” after her humiliating loss in 2008 to Barack Obama. She has paid her dues as secretary of state for Obama. And the apparent Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump, is written off by most pundits as a buffoon without a chance in the general election. Yet, Clinton’s campaign continues to be dismal, and is getting worse — to the point where the socialist Bernie Sanders polls better against Trump than does Hillary Clinton. How can that be?
At least eight reasons come to mind — several of them relating to Clinton’s innate character flaws and past scandals...
The failure of the center-Left to transform its institutional and intellectual dominance into policy achievements that actually stabilize middle class life, and the failure of the center-Right to articulate a workable alternative have left a giant intellectual and political vacuum in the heart of American life. The Trump movement is not an answer to our problems, but the social instinct of revolt and rejection that powers it is a sign of social health. The tailors are frauds and the emperor is not in fact wearing any clothes: it is a good sign and not a bad sign that so many Americans are willing to say so out loud.
Those of us who care about policy, propriety and the other bourgeois values without which no democratic society can long thrive need to spend less time wringing our hands about the shortcomings of candidate Trump and the movement that has brought him this far, and more time both analyzing the establishment failures that have brought the country to this pass, and developing a new vision for the American future.
I have very little use for wonks, people who can process and regurgitate white papers, glibly. I don't get how people can accept the credentials of someone who has read a book or two and not done the hands on in the trenches real work. I had this problem with several of the presidential contenders.
So who do you think would be better at risk management, reading a spread sheet or a budget, envisioning and coordinating an objective, understanding the JIT logistics of a project, getting the most out the available resources, selling and persuading others, identifying and motivating staff who can and will get the job done......?
As Instapundit keeps reiterating "Something that can't go on, won't". Except this concept doesn't apply to government. In business, a failed enterprise is shut down or withers away, not so in government. In addition, it is my anecdotal observation that Lefties can't grasp the law of Diminishing Returns, or weigh the cost benefits of going after the higher fruit after the low hanging fruit is gone.
The "Least Great Generation" has been a failure in governance. It is top heavy with sychophants, parasites, technocrats, Rentiers, and other self serving, non productive leeches.