Cognitive Dissonance And The Conservative Hatred Of President Obama

Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and John Boehner. Credit: Getty Images; AP Photo (2)

Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and John Boehner. Credit: Getty Images; AP Photo (2)

Whenever gas prices go up, or the stock market goes down, or unemployment claims go up, you can be sure that you’ll hear someone blame President Obama. One of the most commonly used talking points is claiming that the average cost of gasoline was well below $2 a gallon when he took office, but now it’s around $3.60 – so of course, “Obama is trying to destroy the economy!” What they tend to conveniently overlook is the fact that the average price of gasoline was over $4 a gallon just a few months prior, when Bush was in office.

What does any of this have to do with the current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Actually, not much. You see, despite whatever you’ll hear from Fox News and their sycophants, the White House doesn’t control the price of gas. They also don’t control the weather, climate change, the media, the traffic on your way to work, the temperature of your coffee from Starbucks, or your neighbor’s dog that won’t stop taking a dump in your yard.

The latest jobs report shows that payrolls rose by another 209,000 and unemployment is down to 6.2%, but you won’t hear anyone in conservative media credit President Obama’s economic policies. In the bubble around “Bullshit Mountain,” everything that goes wrong on Obama’s watch is his fault, but anything positive (like the latest jobs report) is attributed to something else.

Right now, the conservative media would have you believe that the president sits behind some Dr. Evil-like control panel and is plotting the destruction of America – except when he’s on vacation, and even then he’s still scheming up ways to put us all in FEMA camps while golfing the back nine.

He’s also an evil, tyrannical dictator hellbent on destroying America as we know it while imposing shariah law and gay marriage on all of us, but he’s a weak and incompetent executive at the same time. I know this is absolute insanity, and can you just imagine the mental gymnastics and cognitive dissonance these people must deal with in order to believe these things?

The image of President Obama being “anti-American” is often one promoted by those on the right. In truth this is nothing but a surface result of political maneuvering. Those at the head of the conservative ideological block generally know that these ideas are nonsense, however they view them as highly-useful tools for making the media war with “the liberal.” (Source)

Yet, despite bashing the President for taking a few days away from Washington here and there, inside the conservative media bubble, they’ve conveniently overlooked what is probably the least productive Congress in history. These guys couldn’t even pass a resolution congratulating the Pope for being the first pontiff from the Americas – seriously.

There actually are a few (19 out of 221) GOP backers of this resolution and one of them is leaking a little information about why it may never pass or even be voted on. According to this Republican insider, many of his cohorts expressed concern that the Pope has been making statements on issues like “trickle-down economics,” which are “politically charged.” (Source)

You heard that right, they refused to pass what basically amounts to a congratulations card to the most powerful religious leader in the world, out of spite. So maybe, just maybe, they had more important things to do? You know, like the border crisis or highway repairs? Nope.

The people’s representatives were hurrying to depart Thursday for their five-week summer vacation, but first they had some important business to complete. Emergency legislation to ease the crisis at the border? Funding to keep highway repairs going?

Afraid not. House Republicans were instead taking up their not-quite-impeachment legislation: a bill that would authorize the House to sue President Obama for allegedly violating the Constitution, which, by definition, is an impeachable offense. (Source)

The fact of the matter is that despite whatever the issue is, Republicans are determined to do whatever they have to in order to oppose and slander President Obama. It isn’t about helping the country or stopping bad legislation, it’s simply about blocking anything and everything he wants to accomplish, no matter what the cost is or how badly it reflects on them. It does end up being a Catch-22 for a lot of Republicans who cannot vote for anything supported by President Obama because they will then lose in their own primaries to more extreme candidates, as we saw in the surprise defeat of Eric Cantor in Virginia.

At some point, the right-wing conservative hatred of the president will end up destroying the GOP as it drags the party ever further to edge of irrelevancy. The only things keeping it from happening right now are some gerrymandered districts and liberal apathy toward voting, especially in midterm elections. If you want to put an end to the obstruction, you need to vote. We can send a message to the worst Congress in history that we are tired of the lies and spin, but only if we show up at the polls in November. It really is that simple.


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  • William Fite

    Let’s see if I get this right. UE went from 6.1% to 6.2% and that is a positive.

    The democrats constantly complain that we have a do nothing Congress, but give Obama credit when nothing has been done by Obama. Obama can’t do anything without Congress.

    Gas prices did go down to, below $2 per fallen under Bush, what has happened since Obama became president it has gone up. What has he done to try to make the prices go down?

    • jonjstrine42

      Personally, I don’t see a .1% as a positive. But a 6.2% Unemployment Rate is most certainly a positive. And an additional 209,000 jobs is anything but a negative.
      Obama can’t do anything without Congress? Isn’t that what he’s getting sued for? So, yeah. You’re wrong on that one. Besides, the Democrats have been able to squeak some legislation through. Is the job growth simply because of Obama’s policies? I would have to say no, but it sure isn’t because of anything the Republicans are doing.
      And gas prices under Bush did indeed fall below $2.00 a gallon… when the economy crashed. You do know that we hit our record high gas price of $4.11 per gallon on July 7, 2008, right? Now, let me just say that I do not blame Bush for that record high, just as I don’t credit him with the low (although since his policies did help to crash the economy, I guess you could give him credit, but would you really want to under the circumstances?). Presidents do not regulate the gas prices. Oil, in case you hadn’t heard, is an internationally traded commodity. It’s constantly in flux. Oil production in the US hasn’t been this high since 1992, so what else is he actually supposed to do? As for me, I blame the speculators, and neither Bush nor Obama has done anything to rein them in.

      • Mybarkingdog

        The people who think that Obama or any other POTUS controls the price of gas, the unemployment rate or the cost of a bag of groceries at the supermarket are temperamentally better suited to be ruled by an all-powerful absolute monarch than to be participants in a republic with three branches with separation of powers and checks and balances.

      • Jen

        Thank you for this simple explanation of prices – the President has absolutely NO CONTROL over the price of gas. Actually, if you were to buy gas in…. Say Canada…. You would be happy to pay what it costs here in the US.

      • Derek

        Therein lies the problem. How many Americans have left the country and know what gas costs in other places?

        For many of the ones who haven’t, when you tell them gas is still more expensive abroad, in less quantity, there’s no reference for it in their mind and they dismiss it instantly.

        I think a major problem with Americans is their lack of any knowledge of the world around them. Their concerns stop at the border and that creates a very easily manipulatable population: Hence why so many believe the president has so much authority.

      • Stephen Barlow

        GOOO GLE! GOOO GLE! GOO GLE!

      • Jillz

        We are paying about $1.30 per litre (just under $5 per gallon) here (Ontario, Canada). It is way higher in the UK.

      • strayaway

        Presidents can pass or veto bills that lead to higher or lower prices. These include energy related bills such as exporting natural gas and petroleum, Keystone pipeline, EPA regulations, and gas taxes. That said, conservation would be well served by taxing gas higher and long term prosperity might be better served by not exporting fuel for short term profits.

      • Stephen Barlow

        ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

        WHAT bills being ALLOWED to be voted for on the floor of the House?

        ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Stephen Barlow

        In Finland, Germany, and Nicaragua.

      • Jillz

        “magine if ALL the AMERICAN and CANADIAN petrol operations were CONSUMED within our NORTH AMERICAN borders?”

        I’ve been wondering this for years. Seems to me if this were to happen it would mean TRUE energy independence for BOTH of our countries and a stronger North America.

      • Stephen Barlow

        There is and never will be CONTROl over the price of fuels, as long as
        SPECULATION determines prices.

        the Teapot Dome FRAUD proved it and GOVERNMENTAL Electric Power sales DETERRED IT. ENRON PROVED that speculative energy pricing is a FRAUD and CRIMINAL DISASTER waiting to happen.

      • Stephen Barlow

        I can NOT account for a 66% drop in fuel prices over 4 MONTH PERIOD.

        EXCEPT THAT PERHAPS, THE SPECULATIVE PRICES WERE FINNED UP,
        with BoUiSlH conspiracy..

        Sorry. The Coonspiracy must have happened AFTER the Kenyan mutant ninja muslim commie fascist tyrant…

        was nominated.

    • 01hawkeye

      With the net increase in jobs, the. 1% increase in unemployment is attributable to more people who had previously stopped looking for work, going back out looking, because of confidence in the economy

      • Stephen Barlow

        Sounds wise… but it is more likely #flux. I get’s corrected 90 days later.

    • Grand1

      You truly have a twisted view of this country, William. I admire your attempts to do exactly what was pointed out in the article. You and yours are facing extinction in November and any comments you may have are those of a cornered rat.

    • FactoryGuy

      ” UE went from 6.1% to 6.2% and that is a positive.”

      Every down tick in the UE rate over the last 36 months has been met with the rejoinder “well that’s because so many have given up looking”. So basically the UE rate is always a downer for Repubs.

      “Gas prices did go down to, below $2 per fallen under Bush”
      Yeah as the economy was collapsing….you forget that domestic production of oil fell every year of the Bush admin. And the Bush admin has relaxed regs on new exploration and domestic production has taken off since he was elected as evidenced by our reduced imports AND the fact that the US has become a net exporter of crude oil and refined products. And as long as those products are exported to countries whose governments heavily subsidize imports (think China, India, Japan, Korea etc ) then prices will not come down in the US.

    • Johnl.102

      Lmao your exsatly who this article is talking about..weather its under obamas control or not , its his fault..no matter what right, gas prices went over $5 dollars a gallon under Bush ..its common knowledge.. Be we get the fact that the president has nothing to do with that..but you even knowing that will still blame Obama.. Its a mental disorder with you douchebaggers. Get over it ,the guy you voted for lost, twice..stop taking it so personal .

      • Stephen Barlow

        Nah………

        BOTH damn fools AND thier bitches!!!!

        Got flyswatted into oblivion.

    • Larry Wasnesky

      The UE added 209,000 last month, that is good news. As far as gas prices, did you even bother to read the article.

      • Charles Vincent

        http://www DOT examiner DOT com/article/an-overview-of-the-july-2014-jobs-report

        Specifically this passage “Total non-farm employment increased
        by 209,000 during the month of July with seasonal adjustment, but decreased by 1,110,000 during the month of July without seasonal adjustment”

      • Stephen Barlow

        Please explain IN DETAIL..

        THIS “My penis is a vagina inside out” theory.

        P L E A S E !!!!!!!!!!

        I BEG YOU!

      • Charles Vincent

        If I have to explain it there is a bigger problem, and any attempt to explain it will fall on deaf ears.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Suh PRIZE suh PRIZE suhPRIZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Hey SGT Carter…

    • scott

      you would be a good republican congressmen!

    • Dot

      So it is ok for the president to nationalize the oil companies and set the prices? Isn’t that called communism? What can any president do to control free market prices. We already highly subsidize the oil companies, so we aren’t paying as much as European countries. Tell us the solution.

    • Jillz

      “The democrats constantly complain that we have a do nothing Congress, but give Obama credit when nothing has been done by Obama. Obama can’t do anything without Congress.”

      Is it just me who sees the cognitive dissonance just screaming from this statement? Let me see, President Obama can’t do anything without Congress, yet somehow it is STILL his fault that nothing gets done.

      er … HUH?

    • Stephen Barlow

      NOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooo!

      IT HALTED @ 10.7%, on it’s way DOWNHILL to -21.4%….
      …and has REBOUNDED…
      WITH ZERO HELP from the guys who snapped the neck of the world economy and
      PUT SEVEN BILLION PEOPLE on fiscal life support.

    • Adam Smith

      Gas prices went down below $2 in 2008 because the global economy collapsed, you idiot. It went back up because the recession ended and ecomonies began to recover. Here’s a tip. You can use the internet for more than making stupid posts. You can use it to look stuff up too.

  • Grand1

    I will toast to the demise of the Republican Party, just as I celebrated the end of the Soviet Union.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Did not B) lead to A)?
      Hasn’t the government of America been SOVIETIZING this country since the first corrupted election in 2000?

  • Dot

    When ever I am discussing politics with tea party Republicans, they say Obama has taken away freedoms and ruined our country. I always ask them “How?” They can’t usually give specifics or they will mention Benghazi. I ask them how that has ruined their freedoms. They don’t even know anything about it. They say the IRS scandal. I say where is the evidence that Obama had anything to do with decisions made by peons. They say the Veteran’s health scandal. I ask, if the books were doctored, how could he or the director at that time know what was going on? They say ISIS in Iraq. Iraq is not part of the United States, and then I invite them to join the Iraqi government forces to help fight ISIS. They say guns. I tell them that no one has done anything to take away their guns, unless they are guilty of a felony. Why do they keep hating?

    • Stephen Barlow

      I ALWAYS ask them, “Which freedoms are missing from YOUR wallet!?”

    • Adam Smith

      Because they’re stupid and driven by fear. Seriously.

  • Washington Conservatives

    The president may not be directly responsible for any of the things mentioned. He is, however, responsible for selecting his Cabinet, each of whom is responsible and under his direct leadership — or lack of leadership, depending on o.he’s perspective. Some of the mess started under Bush or Clinton, but Mr. Obama has had several years to correct things and has not done so. We Conservatives, wolf whatever party, simply want our nation back under the Constitution and ruling authority back in the individual states as originally stated in that Constitution.

  • Cemetery Girl

    The President made it start raining during the yard sale that I’d planned for weeks. He must be impeached.

    • Stephen Barlow

      DAMN THAN MAN, and his little weight watching, exercising kids too!

      • Cemetery Girl

        Obviously he made it rain because he hates the free market. Impeach! I’ll show him though, I’m going to give it one more try before giving this stuff to charity, but I won’t make a Craigslist ad for him to find!

      • Stephen Barlow

        you wicked, subversive …

        I don’t have a word….

        [email protected]

        Give me 1

      • Cemetery Girl

        Give you one of what? The strollers I was attempting to get rid of? I figure one more attempt, I can set aside the money for a video game my son really wants. If it pours again then it wasn’t meant to be. Give the baby clothes to a homeless shelter that takes in women and children (usually fleeing domestic abuse). The big items, somewhere around here is a place that takes that kind of stuff and gives it to women with children in need. It’s already set up in the garage and packing that all up and hauling it places would be easier if there was less of it!

  • Stephen Barlow

    A) WHEN in history, ALL OF HISTORY, has a TYRANT been remotely interested in NOT maintaining the STATE HE CONTROLS?

    B) WHEN in all of HISTORY, has a TYRANT………… (wait for it)
    NOT imprisoned or murdered ANY AND ALL OF the dissidents
    who oppose him ASAP?

    Hunh?

  • Tia Mya

    Lincoln never blamed Buchanan, very respected and responsible man President Lincoln. There is so much going on in our country and lots of politicians to blame. As for me I prescribe to no one party media to find out what’s really going on. I dig for info to find truth and watch the House in session to hear what’s really going on. Bottom line: Dems seem to base their politics on a humanitarian point of view and Repubs on Law alone. Dems seem to promote the smallest groups of American’s and seem to want to give them special treatment yet there is still a scream for equality. Equality being everyone given the same opportunity to being successful. If 47% people do not pay federal or income tax. Those who dont pay tax are either zero income and receiving assistance and the other low incomers not paying the tax receive assistance from the gov as well. I don’t think the demise of either the dems party or the repubs party is the answer. What, we the people need, is to see the proposed bills clearly accessible via the web, not everyone’s opinions, we need facts. Balance and enforced laws that benefit American’s. We we get on our feet we can help support others. For now, we need to come together as a people and stop calling people haters. Learn the law, research and please let’s talk the issues and not opinions. It gets us no where.

  • And let’s not give it any respect by calling it racism. Doing so shifts responsibility to society and its systems. Let’s call it what it really is; BIGOTRY. Hatred and bigotry are personal. These assholes need to own what it is they’re doing and the public needs to understand it’s personal and, therefore, a dereliction of their duty toward the body politic and the Constitution and the laws of the land they’re SWORN to uphold.