Simplicity and closure are needed most in a situation where confusion, cognitive dissonance, obfuscation, and smoke and mirrors are the prevailing social trends in our society, in addition to the need of finding a way out of the political decay and social turbulence which has resulted from a failed government policy known as ‘global hegemony.’ Simplicity would amount to going back to the basic principles and philosophical underpinnings of domestic governance and the international system, whereas closure would mean identifying the source of the political decay and social turbulence and finding the right prescription that would hold the individuals who fostered this situation accountable.
While the basic principles and philosophical underpinnings of American government and the international system are clear, it appears as though the Democrats have not heeded these things, nor have they reckoned with the actual prescription for addressing the source of political decay and social turbulence over the course of the last two decades. Instead of reverting to the basic principles and philosophical underpinnings of the domestic system – namely, capitalism, reduced taxes, and small government – Democrats suggest that greater government spending and greater government oversight of economics, politics, and society is the solution.
But polls suggest that Democrats have not grasped the mood of the majority of Americans. More than half of Americans do not believe that the infrastructure and spending bills proposed by Joe Biden – the former having been passed by Congress last night and the latter still pending – will make a positive impact on their lives. As a result, Joe Biden’s approval rating – which was at around 50 percent at the beginning of the year – has now dropped to the mid 30’s. In terms of the domestic system, Americans are largely in favor of capitalism, reduced taxes, and small government, whereas in the international system, international peace through diplomacy, the adjudication of disputes through international governing organizations, and the preservation of capitalism and free markets in order to thwart communism were the basic principles set by the architects of the international system after World War II ended.
Thus, on both a domestic level and an international level, Americans have veered away from the basic principles and philosophical underpinnings of governance. And instead of veering back towards the principles and philosophical underpinnings, those who are in power in America are continuing to veer away from them.
In reaction to the veering away from these basic principles and philosophical underpinnings by those in power, Republicans succeeded in the first of what could be three referendums on the Biden Administration, the first of which was Virginia’s gubernatorial election this past Tuesday. The second referendum will be the midterm elections in 2022, and the third is obviously the general election of 2024. As mentioned before, bribing a certain segment of the public with an infrastructure bill and spending bill does not satisfy the majority of Americans, according to certain polls. Bribing, coercion, and deception – and thus a realist approach – has limits. What is sustainable, however, is an acknowledgment that both the domestic system and the international system are embedded with a set of basic principles and philosophical underpinnings, and the best thing to do would be to revert to these things.