- Dec 7, 2018
That central issue of it all being pale imitation will be the death knell. Hate him or not, Trump had a vision for the future. 2020 bullshit or not, there was an explicit plan which was showcased, a call to arms which was answered and a dedicated populace which supported him.It looked this way in late 2007 as well, but Obama portraying himself as the new face of America garnered a lot of goodwill with the international community and brought them back on board for American interventionism. How many different allies like France were begging for American involvement in post-Arab Spring disasters like Libya?
I imagine Harris will tap into the same kind of energy to sell the new forever war, but like everything else with her career, it'll be a pale imitation of Obama and, considering most of the people who architected the 90's "export global liberal democracy" foreign policy consensus are at or well past retirement age, it'll be close to their last gasp before the foreign and domestic community turns on them.
Now there's nothing. If our next generation of politicians are smart, then politics will shift in importance towards taking states and trying to limit the Fed to being a glorified piggy bank which will still be a major issue belying the fact that legitimacy is the only reason people care. One of the biggest signs of the Han dynasty's fall was the attitude commanderies took toward the emperor as he eventually lost importance as (paraphrasing) "the commander's order is followed immediately while the emperors dictate only goes to a plaque". People are looking for the "big man" type now and you'll never find it in the DC bureaucrats or the megacorps. They're too big and aloof to be personal and genuine.