I’ve always been amazed at how “patriotic” Republicans claim they are, while they’re constantly painting a picture of how terrible everything is in this country. It’s no wonder millions of Republicans are so terrified and paranoid of practically everything — fear and anger is the fuel that Republicans use to drive the party.
Just look at Donald Trump’s catchphrase, “Make America Great Again.” His campaign’s slogan is lliterally predicated on the idea that we’re no longer great. Hell, he frequently calls the country “stupid,” and claims we’re “losers” who’ve let the rest of the world walk all over us. His entire speech at the RNC convention was basically him telling everyone that the country is on the verge of complete destruction and he’s the only person who can “fix” it.
You could summarize the theme of Trump’s campaign like this: President Obama is “stupid,” he’s turned us into a bunch of “losers,” nobody around the world respects him and he’s made this country weak.
Of course that’s not true, but then again, almost nothing Trump says is ever true.
During President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, not only did he call Trump out for speaking more highly of Vladimir Putin than he does our own allies, but he made sure to mention that the United States is more respected all around the world than it was before he took office:
He cozies up to Putin, praises Saddam Hussein, and tells the NATO allies that stood by our side after 9/11 that they have to pay up if they want our protection. Well, America’s promises do not come with a price tag. We meet our commitments. That’s one of the reasons why almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago when I took office.
This is absolutely true.
In its 2015 survey of more than 130 countries, 45 percent approved of the job performance of the leadership of the United States, while 28 percent disapproved. That’s up 11 percent in favorability while down 6 percent unfavorability from 2008.
In Pew’s June 2008 survey of 23 countries, 43 percent of respondents had a favorable view of the United States while 48 percent of respondents had an unfavorable view on average.
In 2015 survey of 39 countries, the United States’ favorability jumped up to 69 percent while unfavorability dropped down to 24 percent.
Out of the 21 countries included in both surveys, 18 had a more positive view of the United States in 2015 than they did in 2007. Russia, Lebanon and Jordan on the other hand had a more negative view.
In 2008, an average of 35 percent of people surveyed in 34 countries said the United States is “having a positive influence” while 47 percent said it had a negative influence. Six years later, the global average jumped up to 42 percent positive and 38 percent negative.
(Seven out of 10 people in 18 countries also told the BBC that Obama’s election was a good choice in a 2016 poll. Just three out of 10 people said that about President George W. Bush in 2005.)
Those are three highly respected polling/survey agencies that all found significant improvement in how the world views the United States and our country’s leadership during President Obama’s eight years in office.
This rhetoric Donald Trump and the Republican party likes to push about nobody liking or respecting the United States because they don’t like or respect President Obama is pure fiction. Not only are we much more respected as a nation than we were eight years ago, but President Obama’s leadership is much more admired than his predecessor’s.
So, when Donald Trump says we need to “Make America great again” — he’s eight years too late. As the facts show, President Obama already did that after the last Republican we elected damn near ruined this country.
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