Happy days are here again
By Dr. Robert Owens
So long sad times
Can you believe it the Bush recession has been over for five years, unemployment is down, the stock market is up, and everything is coming up roses. There is a flat screen on every wall, a smart phone in every hand, and flying cars just can't be that far away. The Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have either been won or soon will be or as the winning slogan said, "GM is alive and Osama is dead." The Arab Spring has toppled tyrants and the glory of the administration's foreign policy savants have ricocheted from the faculty lounge to the UN. Doesn't it just feel like another American Century?
The Fed keeps pumping and the Big Board keeps jumping. The NSA watches us all without a warrant, and the man who tells us about it is a traitor. Congress has to sue the President in an attempt to get him to enforce laws unless of course he wants to change a law unilaterally. The Court strikes down unconstitutional move after unconstitutional move by the adjunct instructor in the Oval Office. The IRS is used to suppress the votes of Conservatives, its leaders either lying to Congress or pleading the Fifth while the Attorney General refuses to appoint a special prosecutor just as he refused in Fast and Furious and Benghazi. Of course if you want to require a photo id to vote you're a racist attempting to suppress the vote while you need a photo ID to get into the DNC. There's nothing to see here move so along.
Common Core is poised to take our educational system to higher heights. After more than 100 years of Progressive Education and generations of Federal intrusions into local school boards America now successfully spends more per capita on education than any other country. The self-esteem of our students ranks as the highest in the world even as our grades slide. In other words our students are doing poorly, but they think they are doing well. It reminds me of a foreman in a factory who was in one of my management classes. He shared an incident in his shop. A young man was hired as a material handler who wore his pants down around his knees. He constantly had to use one hand to hold up his pants while using the free hand to handle material. When the foreman asked him, "Don't you think you could get more done if you used both hands?" The young man answered, "No I'm doing all right." The job may not get done but at least he feels good about what he's doing. Is this is the American Way in the New Normal?
Russia swallows Crimea, China launches its first aircraft carrier, the Islamic State declares itself to be the Caliphate some were crazy to predict. Oh Happy Day! Once again America is respected in the world after that cowboy Bush brought us so low. Reagan said it was once again Morning in America and now we have Mourning in America as the fruit of Progressive policies, and cum bi ya diplomacy leads us from crisis to crisis. Then again we should never let a good crisis go to waste said President Obama's first Chief of Staff before heading to Chicago to strengthen the gun laws.
Looking forward there is good news and bad news. The good news is that thanks to that paragon of progressivism FDR there are term limits on the presidency. The bad news is our southern sieve and the import a voter program brings in thousands of undocumented democrats everyday as Flat Broke Hillary and the transition team waits in the wings with self-proclaimed Native American Elizabeth Warren as an understudy.
I used to say, "We made it through the Second World War and we can make it through Bill Clinton." Then I said, "We made it through the Cold War we can make it through Bush the Younger." Now I wonder, "If we threw away Iraq and we're about to throw away Afghanistan, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona how will we survive two more years?"
We may not be in Kansas anymore and we may have followed the white rabbit through the looking glass but at least illegal immigrants can now get drivers licenses in Arizona. Can anyone say "Motor Voter" or coming to a neighborhood near you soon.
Altogether shout it now
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2014 Contact Dr. Owens firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens