Progressives Face a Crisis of Faith

 

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the tears of progressives.

More tears have been shed in the past few weeks than in the previous five years combined. And with Obama’s Thursday presser, the Great Dam of Sorrow has burst. Check out today’s coverage on Obama’s favorite network, MSNBC:

“There are no teeth to what was announced today by the White House. Zero. None. Zilch.” — Chuck Todd, NBC News 

“I wonder he had the legal authority to do this” — Gov. Howard Dean, MSNBC

“I, the media, didn’t create these problems!” — Tamron Hall, MSNBC

“He seems a wounded man today.” — Alex Wagner, MSNBC

“Behold! A god who bleeds!” — Me, laughing at MSNBC

Democrats have realized that they re-elected the Obama of the first debate. That disastrous performance in Denver wasn’t the exception, but the rule. After elevating this feckless naïf to messianic status, they face not merely a political crisis, but a crisis of faith.

2014 just got a lot more interesting.

Fading Hope image via Freshhype.

There are 26 comments.

  1. Kevin Creighton Contributor

    Icarus, meet the Sun. Sun, Icarus. 

    Atë always follows Hubris. 

    Always. 

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    • November 15, 2013, at 1:53 AM PDT
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  2. KC Mulville Inactive

    Whom the gods would destroy …

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    • November 15, 2013, at 1:54 AM PDT
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  3. Profile Photo Member

    I’m not remotely convinced that people have turned towards free markets and away from their socialist death wish. That said, it’s fun watching people get their comeuppance. Obama, the Democrats and the electorate that put him in office.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 2:00 AM PDT
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  4. Dudley Inactive

    I have no doubt the GOP will find a way, or multitude of ways, to squander this opportunity to make hay from this sunny situation.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 2:09 AM PDT
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  5. billy Inactive

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the tears of progressives.”

    That’s brilliant.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 2:13 AM PDT
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  6. Hammurabi Inactive

    This is temporary. The wagons will circle and people will start getting behind the finger pointing talking points that deflect blame. This will be downplayed and I would not start counting any chickens or writing any obituaries for Obama or liberalism. This is a setback, and mostly likely a much more limited and temporary one than many who are crowing now on the right are willing to acknowledge. Keep your heads people, there will be a rebound just as there was after the Denver debate.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 2:19 AM PDT
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  7. Austin Murrey Inactive

    I’ll believe the worm has turned when they start calling his actions what they are: illegal.

    I know the game “What if Bush did it?” is old-hat and annoying but my goodness would they be going bananas.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 2:19 AM PDT
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  8. Profile Photo Member
    billy: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the tears of progressives.”

    That’s brilliant. · 7 minutes ago

    Someone on Twitter asked for a bumper sticker. Voilà!

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    • November 15, 2013, at 2:22 AM PDT
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  9. Western Chauvinist Member

    The thing about progressivism is, the ideas have no basis in reality. The fidelity to the righteousness of Central Planning is eternal. 

    Theoretically, you’ll get to keep your plan for another year. So sayeth Obama. That you won’t, actually, is a deficit of his opposition. Only people with even a smidgen of modesty will see through this.

    Should be interesting.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 2:22 AM PDT
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  10. John Davey Member
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    billy: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the tears of progressives.”

    That’s brilliant. · 7 minutes ago

    Someone on Twitter asked for a bumper sticker. Voilà! · 1 minute ago

    Move enough bumper stickers, and you might be able to cover at least one office visit copay under the new plans. Maybe.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 2:25 AM PDT
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  11. John Davey Member

    How was delaying the employer mandate by a year, legal?

    How is making insurance companies provide plans that don’t meet the requirement of federal legislation for the next coverage year, legal?

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    • November 15, 2013, at 2:28 AM PDT
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  12. Farrell Anthony Quinlan Coolidge

    Love the Kirok reference (http://youtu.be/IADPTCVHWxU).

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    • November 15, 2013, at 2:29 AM PDT
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  13. Profile Photo Member
    Constantinus Magnus: Love the Kirok reference (http://youtu.be/IADPTCVHWxU). · in 0 minutes

    I must have lifted it off Jonah Goldberg. He has quoted that line a few times. Reminds me of a very similar scene in The Man Who Would Be King.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 2:29 AM PDT
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  14. Paul Dougherty Member

    Ooooof!

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    • November 15, 2013, at 2:55 AM PDT
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  15. Dan Hanson Thatcher

    I remember all the talk about leftism being dead after the Soviet Union collapsed. I know people who used their left-wing principles to declare that Hugo Chavez was going to preside over a great economic renaissance in Venezuela – and who didn’t change their views one bit when the ensuing disaster unfolded.

    If there’s one thing the ‘reality based community’ is good at, it’s denying reality when it conflicts with their ideology. 

    You can already see the way the Obamacare disaster is going to be spun:

    1. It was the fault of specific incompetents, and in no way an indictment of the concept. In the same way, the failure of the Soviet Union was because Stalin perverted Lenin’s pure ideals, Cuba failed because of the American embargo, etc.

    2. If it hadn’t been for all the Republican intransigence, it would have worked great.

    3. This was a Republican idea in the first place, and Obama picked it because he’s a centrist, not a leftist. Therefore, this proves that Republican ideas are bad, and that we need to elect a true leftist next time.

    4. It’s Bush’s fault. Because everything always is.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 2:59 AM PDT
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  16. Fricosis Guy Listener

    I’m so glad he was late so I could get through Customs and watch the whole thing. The only way it would have been better is if Major Garrett had brought out The Gimp.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 3:24 AM PDT
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  17. Brasidas Member

    Great post, Jon. And, great image too. If that’s been around, I haven’t seen it before.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 3:44 AM PDT
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  18. Joseph Stanko Member
    Quinn the Eskimo: I’m not remotely convinced that people have turned towards free markets and away from their socialist death wish. That said, it’s fun watching people get their comeuppance. Obama, the Democrats and the electorate that put him in office. · 1 hour ago

    Most people never had a “socialist death wish” in the first place. Moderate voters don’t want socialized medicine. They believed Obama when he said “if you like your plan, you can keep it.”

    They thought Obamacare had something to do with making sure poor people got health insurance. They thought we were exaggerating, or flat out lying, when we called it socialism and said it would destroy the private health care system. They were sure it wouldn’t affect them, personally, because Obama repeatedly said so, and they trusted him.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 4:04 AM PDT
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  19. Western Chauvinist Member
    Joseph Stanko
    Quinn the Eskimo: I’m not remotely convinced that people have turned towards free markets and away from their socialist death wish. That said, it’s fun watching people get their comeuppance. Obama, the Democrats and the electorate that put him in office. · 1 hour ago

    Most people never had a “socialist death wish” in the first place. Moderate voters don’t want socialized medicine. They believed Obama when he said “if you like your plan, you can keep it.”

    They thought Obamacare had something to do with making sure poor people got health insurance. They thought we were exaggerating, or flat out lying, when we called it socialism and said it would destroy the private health care system. They were sure it wouldn’t affect them, personally, because Obama repeatedly said so, and they trusted him. 

    Agreed. There are a lot of people in that_LIV camp. Then there are the True Believers (the ones with Obama/Biden bumper stickers from 2008 still on their cars) who just know, with unshakable faith, that Central Planning will work with the right people in charge, and if those danged Republicans would just lie down and die. Barring the latter, Obamacare_will_take_care_of_them.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 4:41 AM PDT
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  20. Blue State Curmudgeon Inactive

     

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the tears of progressives.

    As much as I’ve relished watching the left squirm, your lead-in sentence almost brought tears of joy to my face !

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    • November 15, 2013, at 6:00 AM PDT
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  21. Profile Photo Member
    Joseph Stanko

    Most people never had a “socialist death wish” in the first place. Moderate voters don’t want socialized medicine. They believed Obama when he said “if you like your plan, you can keep it.”

    They thought Obamacare had something to do with making sure poor people got health insurance. They thought we were exaggerating, or flat out lying, when we called it socialism and said it would destroy the private health care system. They were sure it wouldn’t affect them, personally, because Obama repeatedly said so, and they trusted him. · 14 hours ago

    The insurance market existing before Obamacare wasn’t free. Insurance is a wildly regulated market. And now that they are losing those policies, they are calling for Big Brother to get the insurance companies to restore those policies. 

    Besides, I don’t see any push to de-regulate any other market.

    If you call it “socialism”, Americans will generally resist. But if you tell them you want to use government to remove all of life’s risks, they will generally say, “More. please.” 

    We didn’t get to this point in history by accident.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 7:04 AM PDT
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  22. CuriousKevmo Member
    Joseph Stanko
    Quinn the Eskimo: I’m not remotely convinced that people have turned towards free markets and away from their socialist death wish. That said, it’s fun watching people get their comeuppance. Obama, the Democrats and the electorate that put him in office. · 1 hour ago

    Most people never had a “socialist death wish” in the first place. Moderate voters don’t want socialized medicine. They believed Obama when he said “if you like your plan, you can keep it.”

    They thought Obamacare had something to do with making sure poor people got health insurance. They thought we were exaggerating, or flat out lying, when we called it socialism and said it would destroy the private health care system. They were sure it wouldn’t affect them, personally, because Obama repeatedly said so, and they trusted him. · 2 hours ago

    I hope you are right, I fear you are not. I never ceased to be amazed at how good the Dems are at resetting the narrative and getting it to stick (with media help of course). I’m already hearing it in my circle. Me thinks Dan is right again.

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    • November 15, 2013, at 8:31 AM PDT
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