A Note to the Professional Left — Stop Blaming Obama for Everything

watmabI voted for Barack Obama both times. I also voted for him in the 2008 primary in Florida, even though we were told our vote wouldn’t count due to the state moving up the primary. I’ll even admit, I got a little verklempt when the results were announced on the night of the elections, both in 2008 and 2012.

I’m not an Obama apologist or a hard leftist “Firebagger“as anyone who regularly reads my Facebook page “Whiskey and The Morning After Blog” has already figured out. However, when considering the alternatives we’ve continually seen paraded out by the GOP, it’s not hard to see we made the best choice.

I have plenty of bones to pick with the President but we have to remember that we operate in a democratic republic, not a dictatorship. There’s give and take, compromise, and a whole lot of political hostage taking as evidenced in a number of bills he’s had to sign.

Remember how Republicans mocked the woman in this Youtube video as proof that people only voted for Obama for a free car and for him to pay their bills? In a way, some of us are kind of guilty of that. Overall, I don’t think any sane members of the coalition who put him in office voted for him because we wanted free stuff but there’s been a lot of unrealistic expectations nonetheless.

Whether it was the provision snuck into the latest budget bill by Senator Roy Blunt which was quickly dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” by wacky websites like Natural News, or the failure to close Guantanamo Bay, or the use of drones, people complained bitterly and blamed him as if he was directly responsible.

To a certain extent, he does deserve some blame. All politicians should be criticized when they don’t do what is expected of them, regardless of what party they belong to.

We do need to be realistic here though. President Obama is just one part of the government. Sadly, a lot of people still don’t realize that there are three branches of government–it’s not just the Executive Branch. He hasn’t had a solid majority in the Senate to be filibuster-proof, and we’ve seen firsthand how the filibuster can shut down government. And as far as the House goes, we gave that back to the most insane, religious right clownshow the GOP could muster up in 2010, because some of us sat back on our heels and figured we’d won the battle by electing Obama in 2008. He only had a majority in the House for a short period, and even then the Senate was only his until Senator Byrd died.

To use a car analogy, if the engine (the Senate) is only running on less than 60% of the cylinders and the tires (the House) are dysfunctional, you as the driver (President Obama) can try to steer it all you want but you’re not going to be able to go very far.

Here’s the point–He’s only one guy. You know who has the power to affect change? You do as a voter, as a citizen of the greatest nation on the globe at this point in time. You can kvetch and moan all you want about him not being able to do everything you expected, or you can get off your ass, organize and do something about it. It’s a nice feeling to sign petition after petition but when you aren’t doing much else other than sitting in the backseat saying “are we there yet, are we there yet?”–that’s not going to bring us the change we need.

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  • michelle branch

    Thank you for a nice reminder. I have been quilty of venting recently about my disappointment in Obama. However I volunteered and voted for him in both campaigns and I would do it again. No regrets. Its true, he can only do so much. And his hand are tied. I enjoy whiskey and the morning after. One of the pages I have chosen to keep on my Facebook. Kudos.

  • RoninMD

    I don’t care if you think he’s nuts. I’d rather have Ron Paul for POTUS. At least he will be guaranteeing your rights and not taking them away like Obama is doing now.

    • Ryan

      Just out of curiosity…when did the article come out showing that President Obama was single handly taking over the government, passing new laws without oversight and literally taking away people’s rights one by one? I didn’t know our government operated THAT quick especially with one person behind the wheel.

    • Yeah but only if you’re straight, white, and Christian.

    • Last I checked, I can still walk out of my house right now and petition, assemble with my peers, practice any religion should I choose to do so, speak my mind on worldly issues, own firearms after passing a background check (depending on the state and medium of purchase), and quite a lot more. I fail to see how my rights were taken away.

    • Oh sure Ron Paul. Another GOP idiot who has no idea what to do and wants the government out of everyone’s lives. If Obama is taking away our rights, then how come everyone is able to practice religion freely, have free speech and in some cases, have gays marry. If you think that’s taking away rights then you’re crazy.

  • Pilotshark

    He only had a majority in the House for a short period, and even then the Senate was only his until Senator Byrd died.

    think it was a total of 47 days that he had the senate.

    • jabberwocky

      He has failed this country. Almost as bad as Bush.

  • jabberwocky

    We were all idiots. We should have elected Hillary in 2008. After this, no more novelty presidents. Agreed?

  • Betty Jo Cunico Martinez

    President Obama has not failed this country, the tea party and rest of the republicans like wart hog O’connell and alcoholic Boehnor have definately failed America . Apparently a whole lot of people have no idea how much power the president does not have , And the right keeps right on being the big ugly BULLIES !!!

    • I agree Betty. Alot of the Republican idiots say that Obama increased their car insurance and increased their taxes. They’re to stupid to realize that their own Congress people are raising their taxes and they are also to stupid to realize the car insurance companies act on their
      own terms. The President has nothing to do with car insurance which the GOP can’t seem to understand.

  • jabberwocky

    Start blaming Obama.

  • EssEffOh

    You say you’re not an Obama apologist and then you write an Obama apology. You have to have your head in the sand to still believe that Obama isn’t failing us massively. He isn’t progressive in the slightest.

    Obama supporters, hardcore or tepid, told us we had to support Obama because the consequences of a Republican president were too horrendous and enormous to bear. Then when Obama does nothing progressive we’re told by Obama supporters that it’s not his fault because the president has do little power to actually change anything.

  • EssEffOh

    Continued…

    So which is it? Would a President Romney really have created the nightmare Obama supporters claim he would have? Or does a president not really have the power to change anything. You can’t have it both ways.

  • EssEffOh

    The reality is that the president has enormous power, and just as important, enormous influence.

    Obama is simply not using the power and influence he does have, to do the right thing. The list of horrible policies and decisions that Obama makes regularly that are his own, and have nothing to do with the republicans, is far far too long to mention.

    The unspeakable crimes of Guantanamo torture and drone murders alone, demand our most vocal denunciations! If we do not speak out for the crimes done in our name and with our tax dollars, we are complicit.

  • Robyn

    I think you should be writing a letter to the right and the far right not the left because some or most or few of the left support him i know I do and I’m a BIG liberal!

  • Roadhog118b

    Blaming the POTUS for everything is nothing but straight up ignorance. The country was purposely designed from the beginning with an executive branch that is the weakest of the three branches of government. The real blame belongs to the obstructionist congress which controls the purse strings. The buck stops there.

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