It is no secret that the right-wing has disrespected President Obama in a multitude of ways. He’s been referred to as a dictator, a fascist, a totalitarian, and many other things that are far too offensive to mention.
We are six and a half years into his presidency, and literally none of their outlandish fear-mongering has been based in reality. I think it’s safe to say it was all fabricated out of pure disdain, hatred, and anger.
So, since we’re coming close to the end of his time in office, I’ve listed my personal top five “favorite” outlandish claims about President Obama.
5. He’s a communist!
Just as Barack Obama’s presidential campaign was starting to gain momentum, the attacks from the right-wing came with a force we had never seen before. Sure politics can be nasty and mud slinging is part of it, but this was different. Led by loudmouth college dropouts Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing media machine quickly labeled Obama a communist. I assume anyone who has a history as a civil rights activist, and community organizer automatically fits into the communist category. Scare tactics were on full display. According to right-wing pundits, if we were to elect Barack Obama, we were sure to become an oppressed people who would eventually live in a communist state.
Here we are six and a half years later. Corporate profits are at an all time high. Wealth and income inequality continues to grow, and every freedom that we had when Obama was sworn in is still in tact. In reality, President Obama has governed more like a moderate Republican than anything else. In other words, he is officially the worst communist ever.
4. Obama and his executive orders = TYRANNY!
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times. “Obama’s executive orders are out of control!” Or my personal favorite, “He’s usurped the Constitution and is ruling with an iron fist!” None of this is true. President Obama has issued 216 executive orders to date. That’s less than any president in modern history. In fact, we have to go all the way back to Ulysses S. Grant to find a two-term president who issued fewer than 216 executive orders. I think it’s safe to say, President Obama is NOT a dictator.
3. Obamacare Death Panels.
Once again, our freedom was sure to be lost, and our healthcare system as we knew it was over. Our evil dictator was going to implement a panel of heartless bureaucrats who would get to decide when elderly people would have to die. Never mind the fact that we have had Medicare (a government healthcare program) for our elderly citizens since 1965. This was the one thing that was going to strip away our every freedom, and put others in control of how long we would live. The tiniest bit of research and critical thinking would have revealed that Obamacare was nothing more than a handout to private insurance companies. There are no death panels.
2. He is a Muslim!
This is my personal favorite. As recent as September 1st, 54% of Republicans still believe that President Obama is a Muslim – as do two-thirds of Donald Trump supporters. Forget the fact that President Obama has spent many years attending Christian churches, or that he has professed his Christianity on numerous occasions. Forget that he has brewed his own beer in the White House, or that he wears a gold wedding band. He is definitely a Muslim to them. It still blows my mind that there are so many otherwise halfway rational adults who actually believe our president is a Muslim.
1. Gun Confiscation!
Don’t kid yourself. Wayne LaPierre and the rest of the fear mongering lunatics at the NRA love it when a Democrat is in the White House. The NRA capitalizes on the ignorance of the right’s most gullible, making millions off of those who actually believe that an IRS agent is going to knock on their door at any moment and confiscate their precious firearms. Let’s not consider that there are over 300,000,000 firearms in the United States, and an actual confiscation effort would be impossible. When I ask a gun fanatic to tell me what specific policies have been put in place to restrict their rights or take away their guns, they have nothing. Because it isn’t true. In fact, none of it is true.
The absolute hatred and disrespect that has been shown to President Obama is a national disgrace. Those who understand politics, and base their judgement on facts, will remember him as a good president. Even those who may not agree with him from a policy standpoint will admit that he’s done a damn good job with the mess he was given. In the face of unprecedented obstruction, racism, and overall hatred, President Obama has been the best president of my lifetime – and I think history will judge him in the same manner.
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