None of it worked.
Now why would that be? Because no one cared. And that is precisely because while the right wing and Republicans and Libertarians were busy screaming themselves hoarse throughout the '80s, '90s, and through two W Bush administrations, a silent majority was listening, and getting majorly turned off. They never said anything, but they were there, watching and listening, and thinking, "Will anyone ever put them in their place?" Enter Barack Obama: his roots in Niebuhr, and Wright and the New Party and the idea of a relative redistribution and all of this called "Change" and "Yes, we can" and had there not been over 2 decades of simmering subterranean resentment in much of Europe and American, he would have been ignored. But there was, and he wasn't.
As Nietzsche correctly said, the average person thinks backwards: They proclaim, "Oh, now that Obama is president, he will destroy our nation with his socialism." Just as Nietzsche asserted, they mistake secondary for primary causes. Nietzschean recovered reason knows instead that , they themselves provoked this, opened the doors to a backlash floodtide of quasi -socialist and quasi-redistributionist ideology and passion, and hence, Barack Obama, hearing the clarion call, came running. Submit to the crisis which you yourselves proposed. "Is the rising Millennial generation one of little socialists?" Howe and Strauss asked in the 1990s: By this, they did NOT mean, "Have we indoctrinated a generation of socialists?" but rather, "Have they looked at us and said, No way, and fled in the other direction? Etiological analysis of political and cultural changes shows that a backlash inevitably follows on the heels of an extreme and unchallenged stance which has continued to rule unchecked for decades. No matter that this stance was cloaked in false martyrdom or pretended to be marginalized: It was clear to all that this was mere posturing. It failed to convince, as the emperor failed to convince of his invisible clothing. Incidentally, I myself remain neutral. I am only telling it like it is. There is a natural and seasonal chronology to human history. Our current crisis was as inevitable as the change from summer to autumn. Barack Obama as symptom, consequence and incident of something which had been brewing for decades: Logic demands that he be seen this way, and not as antagonist, rabble rouser, and other such nonsense.