One thing that’s been fascinating to watch this election cycle is Hillary and Bernie tacitly repudiating Obama. One would expect — after eight years of a Democratic Presidency that’s been lauded as so successful by the media — that they would be saying, “Obama did a fantastic job, the country has never been more secure or more prosperous.” Instead, both of them are running on a platform, essentially, that “America sucks.” The economy is terrible. Income inequality is terrible. Race relations are the worst they’ve been since the 1950’s. This is what you would expect an opposition candidate to be saying, not the incumbent party. When Bill Clinton references “the awful legacy of the last 8 years …” that’s pretty disrespectful to the Man in the White House.
At the same time, they are not repudiating Obama’s actual policies, but promising to accelerate and expand them across the board. Therefore, the implication is not that Obama’s policies are wrong-headed but that Obama has not implemented them properly. So what they are saying, in effect is, “Democratic Socialism will work, but only if old white people like us are in charge of it.” And they point to some of the whitest countries on Earth… Sweden and Denmark… as their “proof.”
Also, the Democrat policy prescriptions they embrace are all pretty much the kind of Government Paternalism that was once called “The White Man’s Burden;” the notion that minorities and the poor are simply incapable of looking after themselves. Therefore, they must have welfare programs, they must have housing programs, they must be given preferential treatment. Not only that, but the Government must even micromanage their diets, mircomanage their health care, and constantly talk up how wonderful these communities are because they are like sensitive, dysfunctional children whose feelings must not be aroused lest they start screaming and breaking things.
The condescension with which Democrats treat minorities is fascinating; the fact that minority communities seem to lap it up and reward them with votes is even more fascinating.
Do you ever wonder if the incessant media/elite focus on “social justice” — hissy fits over transgender bathrooms, accusations that anything and everything is racist — primarily serves to keep their ill-educated, resentful base preoccupied from questioning why the people who claim to care so much about income inequality have proven to be really good at keeping and even growing their own wealth while the rest of society declines?
As the “GapKids” item from earlier this week indicates, the left can literally find racism anywhere they look. Hillary and Bernie’s campaign seem to be a bit more obvious in the disrespect they show to America’s First Black* President, but they seem to be pretending not to notice.