Why blogging seems a little stale, flat, and unprofitable of late

In the lead-up to the 2008 election, blogging was exciting because there was hope.  Not the synthetic hope Obama was selling, but the real hope that both Hillary and Obama would lose, and that John McCain would be a half decent president.

In the first two years of Obama’s administration, there was no hope, but blogging was still exciting because there was a peculiar fascination, much like watching a train wreck unfold in slow-mo, in watching the way in which a hard Left democratic president who owned Congress would legislate.  On the one hand, there was ObamaCare, which was a serious downer.  On the other hand, though, there was the rise of the Tea Party, which raised that hope thing again.

In the third year of the Obama administration, blogging had some sizzle as we hoped that the smashing Republican victories in 2010 would slow down Obama’s headlong rush into European-style socialism (with a dash of Soviet totalitarianism thrown in), even as Europe began its own slow-mo train wreck.

In the fourth year of the Obama administration, blogging was explosive because we got another election, this time with some very exciting Republican candidates.  Watching them implode one right after the other, right up until Romney’s final implosion on election day, was not fun, but it at least provide scintillating fodder for bloggers.

Since then, blogging has not been fun at all.  We’ve gotten Kerry, Hagel, and Lew in charge of way too much, and we have reason to believe that Brennan, who may or may not be a Muslim convert (despite that fine Irish name) will soon be sitting in the catbird seat at the CIA. Egypt is becoming another Iran, except this time we’re helping the transition out by paying for it in advance.  Iran, meanwhile, is working on becoming another North Korea, complete with sufficiently functional nuclear weapons.  Europe continues to collapse, with a maddened antisemitic comic holding Italy’s elections hostage.

And then there’s Obama.  His four years in office have proven something:  he’s a dreadful little man.  His politics, which he hid for two elections, are lefter than left.  He runs a crude, abusive White House.  He uses political power for patronage and demagoguery.  His favorite (semi) European leader recently announced that Zionism is a crime against humanity.  He recently tried to blackmail Congress by releasing thousands of criminals, something along the lines of “nice country you’ve got here.  It would be a shame if something happened to it.”  His governing style has nothing to do with the good of America and everything to do with what’s good for Obama.

Worst of all, despite his many, many failings, none of it matters.  For a long time, nothing mattered because the press had built an impregnable wall around him.  That was bad enough.  What’s even worse, though, is that, when the impregnable wall fails, people still don’t care:

(a) The president and his administration are responsible for the sequestration idea. (b) Before that fact became widely known, Mr. Obama misled Americans of that fact in a debate with Mitt Romney–and his aides did the same thing in the aftermath of the debate. (c) Thanks to Bob Woodward’s The Price of Politics, the White House has now been forced to admit that, as top White House adviser Gene Sperling put it on Sunday, “Yes, we put forward the design of how to do that [implement sequestration].” (d) Over the last several weeks, the president vilified sequestration as a brutal, savage, and inhumane idea. (e) At a press conference last Friday, when sequestration cuts began and the world as we know it did not end, the president began to moonwalk away from his scorching rhetoric, saying, “Just to make the final point about the sequester, we will get through this. This is not going to be an apocalypse, I think, as some people have said.” (f) Since the sequestration idea was first signed into law by President Obama in 2011, House Republicans have twice passed legislation to make the cuts more reasonable–and Democrats have refused to act on it. (g) In the last week, Republicans have tried to give the president greater authority to make more reasonable cuts–but he has refused it, allowing unnecessary pain to be inflicted on Americans in order to blame Republicans.

To summarize, then: The president has spoken in the harshest possible terms about an idea he and his White House originated and signed into law. He has used apocalyptic language leading up to the sequestration–and then, as the sequestration cuts began, lectured us that “this is not going to be an apocalypse” as “some people have said.” And Mr. Obama has warned about the devastating nature of the cuts even as he has opposed efforts to make the cuts less devastating.

This is Nixonian conduct on steroids, writ large before the American public.  It doesn’t even account for an economy whose growth isn’t even measured in single digits, but in tenths of single digits.  And yet he still has a 47% approval rating.  I agree that 47% isn’t as good as something over 50% would be, but it’s still shocking that his numbers aren’t in the 20s:  He lies, cheats, bullies, destroys the economy, weakens us before our enemies — and almost half of Americans think he’s a great guy to have in the White House.

And that’s why blogging seems a little stale, flat, and unprofitable.  Blogging is more fun when you’re advancing a case as exposed to charting a nation’s demise.

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  • JKB

    I was just thinking today how history will be unkind to Obama.  Assuming there isn’t a war that pushes memories into the background like happened with FDR.  Yes, that means we have to live through the Obamanation.  But I just don’t think here and now people are wiling to assign blame to the first black president.  We see it in the lack of Republicans in Congress willing to engage him Obama with a rational oppositional program.  
    However, some who supported him are finding it no longer palatable to keep quiet about the betrayal.  Obama’s legacy might have faired better had he been a one-termer.  Sure, we have to hunker down for the next 4 years and run a covert campaign to provide alternative views.
    There is a lot of dejection flying about these days.  Mike McDaniels over at PJMedia has a post about the crazy reaction to kids who think about guns.  Sadly, he’s unwilling to name the problem.  It isn’t a back room conspiracy but the Progs who run education know the drill.  These kids have invoked the Devil and must be cast out for having less than revulsion to guns.  Some see this as conditioning.  It is in a way but I see within it dangers for the Progs.  All kids don’t remain morons.  They grow up, see the hypocrisy in their teachers.  Or just rebel since guns will be the taboo to shock their Prog parents.  Not to mention, the 24/7 inundation with guns as power and heroic by Hollywood.  
    The reason they attack anyone who dares reveal the truth is they know it can all collapse very quickly and over the smallest thing.  I saw this yesterday over at Althouse.  Tom Brokaw speaking about the Woodward threat kerfuffle:
    The country doesn’t care about this. This is about an intramural fight in a high school cafeteria; it should be over now.  
    See, it should be over now.  Not, of course, because they know these smallest things can snowball.  I have a friend, who as a state investigator, had an investigation intersect with an FBI investigation that in the end perp walked a couple dozen state legislators.  His part start with an investigation into the misuse of a county vehicle.  A small, “intramural” thing that snowballed.

  • Mike Devx

    Book, I think your blogging’s been just fine.  If you’re disheartened, it’s because there’s much to be disheartened about.  I always say, Obama is just the symptom; the real problems lie with the American people themselves.  We’re not the people, nor the nation, that we used to be.
    Maybe these are ‘The Mad Years’, and there are good times again just down the road.  Or maybe we are in fact on the downward slide, with little to hope for for our later years and for the kids and grandkids.  Is America going gently and quietly into that dark night, and what was once great about us is already consigned to the dustbin?
    Hang in there and keep on blogging!

  • Danny Lemieux

    Who-a, JKB…you want to talk about things snowballing: I live in Chicagoland, where we are on the verge of being shut down by another massive winter storm. 
    *$^Q*!*# that GW Bush and those Republicans! Will it never end?

  • Charles Martel

    When it became obvious that the battle of Dunkirk was lost, British commanders sent a pre-arranged signal to London to indicate the looming disaster without spelling it out before prying eyes: “But if not.” Those three words were taken from the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who tell the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar that rather than bow to an idol, they will risk being thrown into a fiery furnace:
    “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
    We conservatives have arrived at our “but if not” moment. Right now we are disheartened, disorganized, and with our backs to the sea. But we would do well to remember England’s response to the disaster at Dunkirk: Thousands of humble fisherman and skippers launched themselves across the Channel to ferry their beaten soldier brothers home to safety.
    In the same way, we have to begin organizing at the smaller local level to preserve our communities from the coming disaster. The federal leviathan is doomed—no matter how much power it ruthlessly gathers to itself, it is a government built on mendacity, coercion, and delusion. As JKB so wonderfully puts, the smallest thing, perhaps the mere beat of a butterfly’s wing, eventually will be enough to unravel it.
    When that happens, we may be surprised to find that there has been an incipient federalism all along in the American DNA. Armed communities, including states, that know how to defend themselves against the chaos that will ensue as Obama attempts to impose martial law or goad his constituents into race riots and looting, will stand a good chance of surviving a collapse.
    We are not Europeans, or Mexicans, or Arabs, people who are easily beaten into submission or cannot imagine how to live as free men. The old United States may have reached its Dunkirk, but I see thousands of small boats ready to come to the rescue and bear us away to fight another day on another turf. 

  • Mike Devx

    Hurrah, CharlesM!  You have raised my spirits, true patriot!

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    People understand one thing and one thing only: power.
    Force them to kneel and they will. Otherwise, talking does nothing.
    Only pure hatred or great love will motivate a people to resurrect the old virtues of courage and discipline.