Talking with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, President Obama spoke candidly about many aspects of his presidency. And while I’m not going to break down the entire transcript (it’s worthy of 5-6 articles by itself), he had one line I absolutely loved because it’s something almost every liberal knows, but you won’t usually hear a sitting president actually say it.
President Obama took a direct shot at Republican obstructionism and what seems to be the only GOP strategy since he became president—to simply oppose anything he supports.
Obama went on to say, “The problem we have is we have a faction of the Republican Party, in the House of Representatives in particular, that view “compromise” as a dirty word, and anything that is even remotely associated with me, they feel obliged to oppose.”
And he’s absolutely right.
Since he became president, Republicans have done nothing but simply oppose anything and everything he’s supported. Even when the idea is something once supported by conservatives, when he supports it, it suddenly becomes some “radical liberal agenda.”
Let’s not forget that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act is a Republican idea, and the law itself is copied from the health care law passed in Massachusetts by former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney while he was governor.
An example Obama used in his discussion with Stephanopoulos was gun control, and the expansion of background checks for all gun purchases. An issue supported by 80-90% of Americans regardless of political affiliation—that didn’t get passed.
Heck, let’s look at immigration reform. The Senate worked together to pass a bill that Obama said he would sign, but there’s just one problem—House Republicans won’t take the bill up for a vote. They know it would pass if they allowed a vote on it, so instead of listening to the will of the American people (a majority supports sensible immigration reform) a small few in the House have decided that they’d rather play politics and do what Republicans do best—absolutely nothing.
Oh, but they have found time to hold 41 pointless votes to repeal “Obamacare.” Something that’s cost taxpayers over $50 million.
And this is why I just don’t get why anyone would blame the president for any kind of stalemate in our government. How is it his fault? The only options Republicans present to Obama are options he’s clearly stated he won’t do under any circumstances. They “negotiate” for compromise from such a far right position that even their “moderate” proposals are only supported by the far right.
Then when you factor in how much of their agenda has been to sabotage our economy for their political gain, it’s asinine to believe Obama would ever support anything Republicans have pushed for.
It’s not up to the President to bend to the will of Congress, it’s up to Congress to work with the president. Which is something many Republicans in Congress simply refuse to do.
There are too many Republicans like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz who are using their position in Congress to launch 2016 presidential campaigns rather than actually taking governing seriously.
Republicans have created an environment where it’s almost acceptable to use any means necessary to get their way, even if it’s harmful to the nation. Many of them seem to really believe that opposing the “Obama initiative” is more important than helping Americans.
And as ridiculous as it sounds, for many Republicans, shutting down our government or defaulting on our credit is worth it if it is done simply to oppose Obama.
The fact is they hate Obama more than they love America—that’s if they even love America. Judging them based on their policies, they love about 1-2% of Americans, if that.
So when President Obama sits on national television and says Republicans will oppose something simply because he supports it—he’s absolutely right.
And Republicans know it—they simply don’t care.
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