Conservative columnist and author Mark Steyn appeared on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show and made a rather sobering assessment about the growing absence of American power in the world.
Steyn predicted that because of Obama, nations around the world will soon start to try to fill the void created by an ever-decreasing lack of U.S. military influence.
Reflecting on a sort of evaporation of American power around the world, Steyn said “the situation that’s prevailed since the Second World War, where some of the wealthiest countries in the world like Japan or like Germany were able to not, in a sense, put up the money for their own defense, because America, the American umbrella was over them.” But now all of that has changed because of Obama. “If you learn anything from the last six years, it’s that we are entering the post-American world. And whether you’re an enemy of the United States or an ally of the United States, you’ve got to adjust to that.”
Put plainly, Steyn says that lesson to learn from five years of Obama’s foreign policy is that “when it comes to it, the Americans are not going to be there for them.”
On the economic front, Steyn says fear of an economically calamitous new normal is what drove American’s to vote for Obama in 2012. They supported Obama–and big government–in hopes that government dependence was a better bet than an Obama-tanked jobs market and economy.
“The economy’s a disaster, the economy’s a bust, Obama hasn’t been able to jump start the economy,” Steyn said. “And I think the response of a big sliver of the American people was that’s all the more reason to vote for more permanent, multigenerational government dependency, which is a very sad thought for the eve of Independence Day. But a lot of Americans, particularly the ones who supplied his margin of victory, voted for a kind of big government nanny, because Obama has so flat-lined the economy, that they don’t want to take their risks out there in the new normal, and they’ll cling to nanny’s apron strings in the service of government dependence, a very sad thought.”
Steyn ended the interview by saying that perhaps the most fascinating aspect of Obama’s Presidency is how he has been able to fashion his failed economic ideas as untried, untested, and brand new.
“There’s nothing new. There’s nothing new about Obama, what Obama’s doing. It’s ancient stuff that was applied in the rest of the Western world between the 1940s and the 1970s, in which they all gradually pulled away from, not just in Britain, not just in New Zealand, but even Sweden. And he has not, and so there’s nothing new about it. All that’s what’s different is nobody’s ever tried to do it to a nation of 300 million people on the scale that this guy’s doing it.”
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