Here is a data point that bears on the “liberals versus leftists” stuff folks have been talking about. After the US withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the eleven remaining countries continued negotiations, and they now have reached a deal. According to an article in Politico, the new deal “dropped measures promoting wildlife conservation and labor rights that U.S. environmental groups and unions had considered too weak, but were clearly stronger than nothing.” So the TPP the Obama Administration negotiated, which the left long decried, turns out to be better in some ways for the environmental and labor issues the left prioritizes than what the world has ended up with after the Trump Administration did what the left wanted and withdrew from the deal. This is, as I say, just one data point, but it’s telling.
Here is an epic tweet that sums up (in a polemical way) my basic reaction to the situation:
Ironic this is my feed right now. pic.twitter.com/9GARmdsiK0
— Michael S. Pumpkins (@MikeVirgilio) November 24, 2017
Maybe that’s a little too polemical—maybe the tweet should have featured Dr. Jill Stein instead of Bernie Sanders—but the basic point is, I think, sound. People on both the left and the right have let the perfect be the enemy of the good, and now we are reaping the fruits of that approach to politics.