The Republican party blaming President Obama for something that happened before he took office is nothing new. Since practically his first day in office (if not before) Republicans have been blaming Obama for anything and everything, even policies he had nothing to do with. To this day many of the conservatives I talk with still believe one of two things:
- The economic crash began on his watch.
- He made it worse.
Neither of which are even remotely true.
Though it’s like I wrote the other day, all these lies Republicans have concocted about President Obama actually prove how successful he’s been as president. After all, if the truth about this president is so terrible, why do they resort to lying so often?
Take for instance recent comments made by Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, who tried to perpetuate a commonly told myth about President Obama that he’s not enforcing our immigration laws by letting a record number of illegal immigrants enter the United States.
“Existing law right now requires 700 miles of double-layered border fencing,” Cruz said. “The Obama administration refuses to do that. They’ve built only 36 miles.”
Naturally, that sort of rhetoric feeds right into the hands of conservative voters. The only problem is, this requirement no longer exists. The 700 mile fence mandate that was passed in 2006 was subsequently removed in 2008 – during the Bush administration. So, not only did Cruz cite a non-existent requirement in a law in a sad attempt to try to attack the president, but what he ultimately did was complain about a previous stipulation to a law that George W. Bush never enforced.
In other words, Ted Cruz is whining because a border fence was never built – by his party’s last president.
But this is just another example of Republicans spreading blatantly false information and fear-mongering against this president. The truth is, not only has President Obama deported many illegal immigrants, but net immigration from Mexico is down during his presidency.
So, Republicans are ratcheting up their anti-Mexican immigrant propaganda during a time in this country when immigration from Mexico is actually down.
As I’ve said plenty of times before, you really can’t make this stuff up.
Then again, this is Ted Cruz we’re talking about. He’s easily one of the most dishonest politicians in this country. While Donald Trump gets most of the headlines, in my opinion, Ted Cruz is the more dangerous candidate. He’s essentially everything that’s bad about Trump (if not worse), plus a whole load of crazy, right-wing evangelical anti-science nonsense, as well.
And if he’s not the GOP candidate next fall, it’s very likely that he’ll be picked as Vice President. That’s another reason why I cannot emphasize this enough: No matter who the candidate is next November, as liberals we must get out and vote to make damn certain Republicans don’t take back the White House. There’s far too much at stake to let that happen.