One wonders how “pagan” (i.e., those who still worshipped the Olympians and associated deities) Roman aristocrats felt when just eighteen years after the death of Constantine, the first Christian Emperor, Julian (AKA the Apostate) was named Cæsar. That nephew of Constantine was determined to restore that ancient Roman religion. Perhaps, those aristocrats felt that the Constantinian dynasty’s embrace of Christianity was just a passing fad. And the old days were returning.
So, I assume, must liberals have in 2008 when Barack Obama won election as president with his fellows Democrats capturing huge majorities in both houses of Congress. They felt that the rise of small-government conservatism where, in time of crisis, people, as per the Gipper, believed “government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem,” was just a passing fad. And the old days when people turned to the government in times of crisis were returning.
But, as Michael Barone has noted repeatedly throughout the year, most recently this past Saturday, December 18, this has not been not the case:
Pelosi and Obama predicted that Obamacare would become more popular as voters learned more about it. Those predictions were based on the theory that in times of economic distress Americans would be more supportive of or amenable to big government policies.
That theory has been disproved about as conclusively as any theory can be in the real world, and most of the Democrats who provided the key votes for Obamacare were defeated on Election Day.
Seems that in trying to recall the old order of Emperor Roosevelt the Great, Obama is much like Julian, hearkening back to an era that, to borrow an expression, is gone with the wind.