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Tuesday, November 01, 2016


The renowned writer, Robert Lewis Stevenson once said: “…sooner or later, we all sit down to a banquet of consequences."

How true that is. Both Barack Obama and his likely successor, Hillary Clinton, have taken a seat at the banquet table. For Obama, a long litany of very bad decisions that have led to failed policy have filled a grocery bag from which the chef prepares a banquet. For Clinton her dishonesty and corruption fill another grocery bag.

It's important to note that consequences don't necessarily happen immediately. The actions that precipitate them can happen months or years into the future. Richard Fernandez, a writer with a significant IT background, talks about this when he writes: "History is surprising because it's full of callbacks." But what is a "callback"? Wikipedia provides the following description:
In computer programming, a callback is a piece of executable code that is passed as an argument to other code, which is expected to call back (execute) the argument at some convenient time. The invocation may be immediate as in a synchronous callback, or it might happen at a later time as in an asynchronous callback.
Translating, a callback occurs when data is acquired asynchronously over some period of time and then provided to a program that must act on it. In essence, the callback says: "Here's the result, now what?"

For Barack Obama, the "callbacks" occur as a consequence of his very bad domestic and foreign policy decisions, all supported by virtually every Democrat in Congress and by Obama's army of progressive followers. For example, years after it's implementation, the Democrat owners of Obamacare are dealing with an imploding program. The callback took many years to occur, but Democrats can no longer avoid the implied question, "now what?" Obama's disastrous "soft power" foreign policy has also issued a series of callbacks—the chaos in Syria, a newly aggressive Russia, Chinese adventurism, and much, much more. Hillary Clinton was complicit in much of that policy and she, along with every Democrat who supported it, is facing the implied question, "Now what?"

The Democrats told us that the domestic and foreign policy agendas championed under Obama would be great "successes" and that those of us who opposed their approach were dead wrong. After all, in the beginning, no one really knows the end-result ... but now we do.

For Clinton, her private email server, installed to hide her underlying corrupt practices, worked well ... until it didn't. Because she is imperious, she was immune to any suggestion (from her closest advisors) that the private email server would blow up in her face. Her sham charity, The Clinton Foundation, has become a harbinger of her corruption, and although the Obama DoJ refuses to investigate it with any degree of aggressiveness, the truth will likely come out. The Democrat elites and their media allies keep telling us that FBI Director James Comey's decision to reopen the investigation is "deeply disturbing" and a "threat to democracy." Those same elites seem to be quite sanguine about the fact the tens of thousands of State Department emails have been discovered the private computer of an ex-Congressman being investigated for sexting a 15-year old. No matter. Both Clinton's private email server and the Clinton Foundation have initiated callbacks of their own. A true banquet of consequences!

Fernandez writes about politicians like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who despite callbacks, can run successfully on "a completely unbroken record of failure":
For so long as that politician can present the prospect of a glittering future there is always the promise, a promise without bounds. It's tempting and eventually a country which succumbs becomes a nation of Hope because in the end Hope is all they have. This can be kept up for a surprisingly long time. Obamacare is going to be wonderful. Single payer even more wonderful. Leading from behind is going to be a winner. Maybe it will be. But not just yet. Not just yet.
So almost every Democrat, including Hillary Clinton tells us that a single payer health plan would be a successful and lower-cost adaptation of Obamacare; that the Iran Deal will unquestionably stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons and bring them into the family of nations; that immigration from Islamist strongholds represents no threat to our country and that immigration from those countries should be encouraged and increased. After all, the end result of these positions is in the future.

The thing that Obama, Clinton, and the Democrats don't seem to comprehend is that there will be "callback." Eventually, the failure of their ideas will be demonstrably obvious. But the Democrats never worry, because when callback occurs, they promise an even brighter future with even dumber or destructive ideas, and tragically, a significant percentage of the voting public will believe them.

We'll see whether it's the callbacks or the false promises that win out as we get ever closer to November 8th.