When Wish Replaces Thought

When Wish Replaces Thought, by Roger Kimball.

Here is the indigestible truth for the Democrats. Donald Trump has had the most successful first term of any president in memory, maybe ever.

His policies brought unemployment down to the lowest rate in decades, Among black and other minority populations, it was the lowest ever — ever. Wages, especially wages at the lower end, were rising, prescription drug prices were falling, and manufacturing was flooding back to the United States, a direct result of Trump’s America First trade policies.

He came to office promising to lose two regulations for every new one enacted, but has managed to lose nearly 20 regulations for every new one. His exploitation of America’s energy resources have not only made the country energy independent, they have made us a net exporter of energy.

Trump has made extraordinary progress on other fronts as well, from his hundreds of judicial appointments to reducing the flow of illegal immigration by 90 percent.

Just a day or two ago, he issued an executive order instructing the Office of Management and Budget to “identify and eliminate any trace of ‘critical race theory’ in the federal government.” It would be difficult to overstate the significance of this order. Critical race theory is the pseudo-academic version of identity politics, lending a suitable polysyllabic veneer of obfuscation to the brutish Marxoid and America-hating ideologies of Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and kindred sites of festering discontent.

The political class is too disconnected from reality, and are prone to mass episodes of wishful thinking and denial of reality.

It would be preferable if people had to gain real world experience before engaging in politics. But, sadly, nowadays the politically ambitious often go from law school straight into trade unions, think tanks, or the staff of some politician, then become politicians themselves. All the while avoiding finding out about physical and commercial reality.

Dan Andrews jumps to mind. Excellent at infighting within a political organization, but useless at beating a dumb virus. He failed to set up an effective quarantine, instead making union and ethnic hires to assist in his politicking. Poor Victoria.