Over at the Washington Post (Pravda-On-The-Potomac), Robert Samuelson — who is a talented columnist — opines about nostalgia for the 1990s:
But it was not to be. The stock market bubble burst in early 2000. Then 9/11 exposed our vulnerability to terrorism. The 2008-2009 financial crisis and accompanying Great Recession gave the lie to our presumed control of the business cycle. Both Russia and China emerged as geopolitical rivals and, possibly, military foes.
We had paradise for a fleeting moment â€” and then it was lost. It is the subconscious comparison between the imperfect present and the idealized past (of the late 1990s) that feeds our disappointment. Otherwise, our situation might seem less desperate. After all, the economy has created more than 14 million jobs since the employment low point. Whatâ€™s missing is the sense of boundless optimism and national superiority that characterized the boom years.
Americans are now said to be â€œangryâ€ and to demand â€œchange.â€ This is misleading. In the past two decades, Americans have had more change than theyâ€™ve wanted. What theyâ€™d really like is to repeal the changes â€” the economic uncertainties, the physical threats, the geopolitical challenges â€” and revert to the romanticized world of the late 1990s, when the outlook seemed more tranquil.
However, he does not understand cause and effect. The world of the 1990s was a creation of the 1980s, much as the world of the 2000s and 2010s is a creation of the Clinton years. The 1980s pushed the Soviet Union to collapse, and then the “peace dividend” was reaped, in addition to cheap Chinese and Mexican labor and agriculture.
But to continue that, America would have had to continue Reagan-era programs, which worked unlike Clinton-era programs. Leftists were quick to claim victory for the Clinton programs, ignoring the fact that it would take decades to see their consequences. In reality, they were laying the landmines that exploded a decade or more later, especially the housing bubble.
The fact is that most people want to go back to the 1980s or early 1990s. What made that time different? — we had not embarked on the Great Leap Forward for diversity and multiculturalism, and were focused not on Leftist ideology but practical survival.
When Trump tries to be Reagan II, he is tapping into the unconscious realization by Americans that we took a massive wrong turn by going Leftist in the 1990s, letting the crazy Baby Boomer 1968er neurotic ideological zombies re-shape this nation according to their controlling desires, instead of paying attention to reality.
The only further step is to realize that Western Civilization has not been civilization for some time, since we embraced equal inclusion and thus neurotic individualism during the Renaissance and Enlightenment™ era. We do not need to fix the EU and the USA; we need to replace them with something that works.
While this is scary, and will involve relocating 150 million people, it is preferable to becoming Brazil II, which under the Leftist regime is our only option.