In political circles, progressives pride themselves on being “the adult in the room.” This stems from their belief in the intellectual superiority of progressivism over conservatism. The progressive stranglehold on mainstream media reflects this most often when a Republican occupies the White House. Before the “unstable” Trump there was Bush the “idiot.” The defeat of Bush senior was with the slogan “The Economy, Stupid” while his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, was “senile.” Gerald Ford was a bumbling fool in the eyes of leftists and Nixon was paranoid.
Since conservatism is more inclined to keep things as they are, implying a reluctance to consider new ideas, it’s not a stretch to assert backwardness, ignorance, or stupidity. However, conservatives are no more likely to be ignorant or close-minded than are progressives. History is awash in the blood spilled by communism yet this remains the ultimate goal of progressive ideology. Logic refutes central planning yet the state remains infallible to progressive stalwarts. Ever moving goal posts for equality may require adept mental agility but this is hardly indicative of anything more than blind obedience.
Sure, The Donald does some wacky things, but he continues the same policies that his two predecessors perpetuated, if only with a politically incorrect bravado. When Obama doubled the national debt, he was no more brilliant than Bush’s doubling of the national debt except for the scale of spending required to achieve it. Those who died under the drone attacks of Obama are no better off than those who will die under Himself regardless of their respective intellects. Republicans and Democrats share, among many other things, the propensity to be stupid on an ever increasing scale.
As has been stated here many times, the Internet is one of the most important tools for individual freedom in the history of humanity. In this regard, we tend to look primarily at the decentralization and communication now possible through the World Wide Web. Another point to be emphasized is the availability of information once limited in scope and access. As the saying goes: knowledge is power.
Until the Internet, we had only mainstream media outlets and state functionaries to supply us with information now readily available. When a neocon descried the slashing of military spending or a progressive claimed that social spending was under assault, for example, there was limited access to data refuting these claims. Now websites like US Government Spending provide the full picture of how Washington spends the money it steals, borrows, and prints. If you want to know current state debt, sites like US National Debt Clock and DebtClocks.eu provide constant estimates.
When Barack Obama conducted a secret drone bombing campaign, knowledge of it was slow to emerge. Today, thanks to the efforts of websites like Antiwar.com, we can keep abreast of just how much his successor has increased the assault on the rest of the world. Of course, no list of information sources would be complete without Wikileaks, the site exposing state malfeasance across the globe. Thanks to the Internet, we can be much better informed of how our rights are trampled as well as the persistent efforts to curtail access to the power inherent in knowledge.
In 1992, the Bill Clinton campaign team famously directed his ascension to the White House with the slogan “The Economy, Stupid.” Since it is the economy that most often drives middle class electoral tendencies, and the country was mired in one of its many recessions, this dictum cut to the heart of that year’s election. With the exception of the 2000 campaign, economic downturns have resulted in party switches in the White House since that year.
Weakness in the economy has come to be accepted as a component of the free market, a fallacy long persisted by central planners and central bankers alike. Arguments for The Federal Reserve system were made specifically on this point: a need to manage the economy to minimize downturns. What the Fed actually enabled, by design, was a means for the U.S. government to spend an unlimited amount of money on wars, social programs, and pet projects.
The Trump administration recently celebrated changes to the tax code. While any diminution of taxes is welcome by people seeking freedom, the real problem remains government spending. Without cuts to spending, which are rarely championed by conservatives or progressives alike, the U.S. federal government will continue to spend other people’s money, be it through borrowing or inflation by the Fed.