President Trump’s good economic numbers, we’re told, are all due to Obama’s “legacy.”
When that Guardians of the Galaxy guy got fired, we were told that his Tweets didn’t matter, because they were old.
To us Normals, this would suggest that there’s a sort of statute-of-limitations in effect. Obama policy X, for instance, took Y number of years to mature, such that its beneficial effects are being felt only now. “Cash for Clunkers,” for instance, began in the summer of 2009. Trump’s first quarter in office ended in the spring of 2017. This suggests — again, to neurotypical people — that IF “Cash for Clunkers” is part of Obama’s economic “legacy” to Trump, THEN a “Cash for Clunkers”-type “incentive” plan takes eight years to start paying dividends. And so on down the line, with all His Majesty’s policies — take the year it was implemented, subtract from 2016 (to give max credit to Obama), and that’s your interval: Liberal policies of X type take __ number of years to mature, so we should expect policy __ to kick in right around the year ___.*
It works backwards, too, as the James Gunn saga has taught us. He said what he said on March 2, 2012 (or whenever); therefore, only stuff from 3/3/12 forward counts. I may be an unrepentant reich-wing hatemonger, but you can only use stuff from the 2nd Obama administration on in to make your case against me. Everything before that is sealed, like my juvenile court records. At least, that’s how Normals would interpret it…
I’m sure you can find a dozen more examples with a five-second internet search. The Left has a certain… nuance in their perception of time. The best explanation I can find is The Z Man’s: while we perceive time linearly (diachronically) and dispassionately, they perceive it synchronically and emotionally. They’re still going on about Jim Crow and the 1964 Civil Rights Act (and the hilarious Great Magic Party Switch it must’ve entailed), on this understanding, because it still resonates emotionally for them. There are still a few drops of virtue juice to be squeezed from it, so they keep squeezing. The sad states of Detroit and Chicago, on the other hand, mean nothing to them, because, well, that’s just history.
Add to this the fact that they never seem to learn, even when doing so would by their own “logic” benefit them immensely (see footnote), and you have to conclude that they don’t learn because they CAN’T learn. It’s not that cognitive dissonance doesn’t apply to them, or that they’re shameless hypocrites (though, of course, it doesn’t and they are). It’s that they’re wired differently. Their brains are broken.
This suggests that the only tactic that will truly work against them is instant massive retaliation in kind. The Gunn firing was a good start. It doesn’t matter that Gunn said whatever he said however many years ago — someone on the Left disemployed someone on the Right today; therefore someone on the Left gets it today. It does no good to put it to them as a general rule — IF one of yours does this, THEN we will do that — because, as we’ve seen, they don’t really grok the passing of time.
They’ll never say to themselves “maybe I shouldn’t do thus-and-such, because look what happened to So-and-So the last time.” For Leftists, there is literally — literally, Millennials, literally! — no “last time.” They only “remember” goodfeelz and badfeelz, so the only hope is Pavlovian conditioning — make the badfeelz overwhelming and instantaneous, and they’ll automatically cringe their finger away from the “post” button.
Nuke the site from orbit, every time, right away. It’s the only way to be sure.