With their socialist policies the three most recent Democratic presidents have caused gargantuan suffering and destruction. There’s the national embarrassment of the Iran hostage crisis coupled with the stagflation of the late 1970’s, with both low economic growth and 14% inflation, courtesy of Jimmy Carter; the inhuman injustice of the Elian Gonzalez deportation and the disasters of the 9/11 attacks and the subprime mortgage meltdown, all of which were ultimately attributable to the policies of Bill Clinton; and the seemingly never-ending malaise of the Great Recession, brought to you by the “never let a good crisis go to waste” philosophy of Barack Obama.
With this track record it’s mind blowing that any Democrat could be elected President at all. Yet it keeps on happening.
As to why, the Democrats and their allies in academia and the media want people to believe that at root Americans elect Democrats because they really do want the statism and big government welfare state the Democrats offer.
If this is true, then how come Americans consistently want lower taxes and keep turning over the Congress, governorships and state legislatures (even in some very liberal states) to Republicans?
The truth is Democrats win the presidency not because Americans like Democrats, but because Republican presidents screw up – and in so doing create an opportunity for Democrats to take over.
Consider the earliest of the three most recent Democratic presidents, Jimmy Carter, who served from 1977 to 1981. He won because his predecessor, Republican Gerald Ford, pardoned President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal even though there existed “smoking gun”-quality evidence that Nixon was guilty. This was a blunder by President Ford because, if it is true he had a role in the break-in, President Nixon should’ve faced the music for what he did rather than be exonerated.
And then there’s Bill Clinton, the beneficiary of six little words: George Bush’s quote “read my lips: no new taxes”. The blunder was obvious: President Bush reneged on this promise and raised taxes, causing the economy to sour.
Finally there’s Barack Obama, who strode into the White House because of the economic collapse in 2008 brought about by the subprime mortgage crisis.
The subprime crisis has its roots in the policies of Bill Clinton, who during his presidency instructed HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo to require banks to essentially give home mortgages to borrowers who really couldn’t afford them. To lessen the risk to and sweeten the deal for banks Cuomo ordered Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac to buy these mortgages, bloating them with risky loans and making them dangerously insolvent.
When George W. Bush took office he blundered by continuing Clinton’s subprime policy, turning the condition of Fannie and Freddie into a time bomb. The bomb was detonated by the Democrats after they took over the House of Representatives in 2007, by refusing to help President Bush save Fannie and Freddie. Fannie and Freddie had to stop buying mortgages, leaving banks with the risk of massive subprime mortgage defaults and financial collapse.
In all three cases the Democrats were able to project on to the Republicans what they themselves were: big government-loving political insiders who gave special favors to allies and could care less about the common folk. They were also able to get away with portraying themselves in contrast as Washington outsiders – a strategy that led them all to victory.
And what happens when a Republican President does not screw up? The president has coattails and the party keeps the White House, as happened in 1989.That year Ronald Reagan, after two successful terms with no major blunders, turned power over to another Republican, George Bush.
So, to all the Republican presidential candidates out there for the 2016 go round, do you want credit for enabling your party to keep the White House long term? Don’t screw up.