Predicting History

“Historians” assessing Obama’s place in history (for New York magazine, so we know where this is going. Remember Fact magazine’s 1964 article, “1,189 Psychiatrists say Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit to be President”?) point to “his rescue of the economy.”

Really? What? When? How? Liberals blame him for not doing enough; conservatives blame him for … everything.

“Restorative, not transformative” said another. Bet he’s wrong, too. Obama has set/will set trends in motion that will reverberate for years. Some good; some bad.

No, the Republicans will not be able to repeal Obamacare, or quite a few other thing he’s done. Best to not waste time on them, and get about serving the country—as both sides seem to have forgotten they’re supposed to be doing.

The real point is that predicting history is a fool’s game. Because, not only is history written by the victors (W. Churchill), but it’s largely based on then-current perceptions of what may or may not have happened years before, all filtered by dozens of filters before reaching you.

Better to read original sources and make up your own mind. Even if it’s wrong, at least it’s your own wrong. Not someone’s in the Center of the Universe.

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