The Simple Truth: No Matter What President Obama Does, Republicans Are Going to Complain

barack-obama-sadOne of my favorite jokes I see floating around the internet is the line, “If Obama came out in support of oxygen, Republicans would suffocate.”  Which is a joke clearly meant to play on the idea that no matter what President Obama does, Republicans will simply oppose it and do the opposite.

That’s why when these “both parties are the same” people come yapping at me, I simply dismiss their nonsense.  I’ve spent enough time in this business to know one thing — both parties are not the same.  Yes, they have some fundamental similarities as political parties, but that’s just the nature of politics.

People can complain about the nature of politics until they’re blue in the face—it’s never going to change.

But when it comes to President Obama, Republicans have had one clear strategy—oppose anything he supports.  That’s it.

Hell, I joked with a conservative friend the other day that had President Obama opposed the Affordable Care Act, it would have received unanimous Republican support.  After all, Republicans were the one that first came up with the idea.

Take for instance his apology to those Americans who are losing their current health insurance, despite the fact he promised Americans they would be able to keep their old plans if they wanted to.

Conservative after conservative have dismissed his apology as a “PR stunt.”  Most have said it wasn’t sincere and quite a few have questioned if it was even an apology.  That’s how bad their “don’t support whatever Obama does” strategy has become.  The words “I’m sorry” no longer equate to an apology.

But it’s funny, I remember before he apologized, quite a few Republicans saying, “Obama just needs to apologize to the American people who’ve lost their insurance.”  But now that he has, of course, it means nothing.

Just look at the Syria situation.  For months, many Republicans said we needed to get involved in Syria—until President Obama called for military action.  It was a brilliant move by the president.  He put the decision to engage in military action on a Republican-led House of Representatives that he knew normally would have supported such action — but because he was the one asking for it, he knew they wouldn’t know how to respond.

President Obama needs to fully realize this.  I understand that when he was elected he had some grand dream of being the “great uniter,” but that’s never going to happen and it never will happen.  I just wish that for his last few years in office, at every speech he gives, he just stood there and called out one Republican lie after another.  He’s done this a few times, and nearly every time he’s done it, he’s come out looking strong while Republicans looked like fools.

Because I believe the saying many liberals use is absolutely true, “Republicans hate Obama more than they love America.”

I really believe these people would rather see this country reduced to ashes if it meant defeating something President Obama supports.

So at the end of the day, no matter what happens, Republicans are going to complain and whine about anything and everything President Obama does—and trust me, they will.

But it doesn’t matter what President Obama says or does, because no matter what it is, Republicans will never be satisfied.  They’ll never stop complaining and they’ll simply say they support the opposite of whatever it is he’s saying or doing.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Betty

    I think the test of this notion was when Michelle Obama came out in support of water and the repubs attacked her.

    • JustTheFactsMa’am

      That *was* pretty bizarre.

      • The only thing bizarre is that you take people questioning the science supported by bottled water companies who had teamed up with the First Lady to sell more of their over-priced products as an actual attack on water. That’s the bizarre thing.

      • grwow

        I didn’t hear her urge me to buy Dansani. She urged me to drink water. I get my water from a faucet, refusing to add to the collection of plastic bottles circling the globe. And I am drinking more of it now. But go ahead and attack them. History is not going to be kind.

  • regressive rightwing trash

    vote republican regressive crybaby white trash……………. “JEEEEESUS” is COMING soon ( to a theatre near you)

    • 11bravo

      Keep on bullying as you stand on the graves of the dead young black men and babies left in your socialist wake.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        who cares about a fucking fetus??? Ur policies killed thousands of our white and black and latino soldiers in wars we didn’t need,,,,,, please enjoy 2016–2024 Hillary dominance

      • 11bravo

        There you go again!! Implying Latino’s and blacks are inferior, and only good for cannon fodder in the military. Your soft bigotry and racism isn’t so soft after all. You liberals just Keep trying to bully as you’re standing on the graves of more minorities lost in Afghanistan since Obama’s surge than 8 years under Dubya.
        Stomping on the graves of 3 million BLACK unborn children is right in line with your morality. I only wish the conservatives had the brains to “out” you monsters during a campaign.
        The journalistically challenged MSM may keep giving you cover in the eyes of the uninformed, but with your progressive messiah caught in a lie that is about to affect 126 million Americans by October 2014 – they may open their eyes, if even just a little.
        Good luck with Hillary you regressive.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        “white and black and latino soldiers”……implying racism? wow– U are incredibly insightful!!
        ……………again I stand demonstrative: who F*CKING cares about a stupid fetus? I care about people ( the racist in me) who CONTRIBUTE not only to my great country,,,but CONTRIBUTE to the “pursuit of (personal) happiness. Keep crying about the ACA: and keep referring to regressives as conservatives: they wish 2 “CONSERVE” the white trash Christian mandate which subtly and overtly kept all women and minorities subjugated QUIETLY under the no-so-subtle hammer of societies atavistic standards ….. keep crying loser; keep waving your tattered American flag at white dominated TEA bag PARTY rallies with the turnouts atrophying delightfully and noticeably

      • 11bravo

        There you go again!!!
        All that love in your heart shines through in your comments.
        Thank you, and happy Veterans day!!
        All the best,

      • Best guest

        Wow, this guy/gal is really angry, must be one of those redneck white trash people !!!

      • 11bravo

        12 day old thread – whadup? No life?

      • BdoMcGregor

        How is he racist when YOU are the one assuming only blacks and latinos have abortions while he is talking about blacks and latinos being SOLDIERS? WTF is wrong with you?

      • 11bravo

        I assume nothing – you are. Project much?
        If you lib babies were not so racist you would also assume that minorities of all stripes know how to get a photo ID to vote – you don’t. You all think they are inferior to ID carrying white boys, or voter ID would not be an issue in your elitist narrow little minds.
        Look up “condescending” for a clue.

  • Sergeant Majorette

    Our Congressman Charlie Rangel says, “If Obama walked on water, the Republicans would complain that the President can’t swim.”

    • rmwalker42

      This was originally a line from President Lyndon B. Johnson…though still true.

    • gogl

      Love it! I know I’m commenting late but this is the first article that popped up when I googled why rep. complain so much. Sometimes I find myself on a rep. website reading articles online. Its not until the comments I realize where I’m at. No matter what the article is about(usually not political) they start blaming & complaining about liberals & Obama. Its so annoying & out of context. Obamacare’s not perfect but what first step is?? I expected this. The UK & Canada’s system is far from perfect and they’ve had it for decades. Obama had the balls to take the first step on healthcare and I applaud him.

      • Jeff Williams

        I’m surprised how idiots follow a complete fraud.
        He lies on a daily basis and has allowed his Isis brothers to settle down here.
        He’s destroyed our health care by defrauding good honest Americans. Demolished our military and opened our borders to everyone.
        Doubled our national debt.
        Destroyed relations with China, Russia and several other countries. He has no accomplishments other than wrecking our Country.
        As for Canada’s health care it’s a disaster. That’s why we do 92 percent of all Canada’s health care. When you wait years for treatment and then your getting the bottom of the barrel doctor’s in most cases you’ll thank the fraudulent dictator.
        I won’t follow a loser, snake and true Muslim. He admitted it to George Stephanopoulos.

  • doyIII

    Nailed it again, Allen. Keep up the good work.

  • melody

    you must be a democrat and still have your insurance

  • 11bravo

    Q, = Headline.
    Answer, because he is a commie!! You do not compromise or bargain with a commie unless you have no choice. Complain, obstruct, block, and criticize everything these socialist try to pass.
    It is our duty!!

    • southside mike

      I thought the Tea baggers said he was a Nazi, Kenyan, Muslim, Terrorist, Socialist Dictator? Now he’s Communist too?

      Wow, no wonder you hate this guy!

    • Common sense

      yet you support Cruz.. a canadian dickhead with a father who had ties with Infadel Castro.. Talking out both sides of your ass..

      • 11bravo

        You call Cruz a Dlckhead yet, your posting on a 4 day old thread.
        Get a life whack-a-doodle!!

      • Common sense

        As you just did.. I quote.. “Get a life whack-a-doodle!!”

  • americanwoman

    this is untrue on a few accounts. I don’t like hearing that BO didn’t know about it, only saw what we saw on tv, he’s supposed to be the Commader in Chief, what do the repubs alone have to do with his decision? IRS scandal, so many people in his admin. have made horrid mistakes, lied and stolen from the American people, they get a small vaca and a better paying position and everything goes on as normal. Where are the answers? Chinese militia will be doing some practice drills in Hawaii, what is that all about? and it’s not only Hawaii……sometimes you have to open your eyes. He lied, lies and continues to lie and you all think it’s someone elses fault, just like him. He never does anything wrong, ever, it’s too bad, he could have made a good name for himself in History which he probably will anyway since they are changing our history books……name calling, and blaming everyone else does not a president make. He’s not even a citizen……w h a t ??????

    • Dan Schmidt

      In terms of modern history, Reagan had the most criminal administration. However, considering the entire content of your rant, you aren’t particularly aware of facts, just what Fox News tells you. Please, just watch it, and keep YOUR mute button on.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        she will be re-titling her name: overweight flatchested pissed off American white trash woman over 50

    • regressive rightwing trash

      hey cunt,,,,,,,,,,,,,Hawaii is part of America,,,and has been– hows that ted cruz Canada thing doin 4 ya?

  • Umm, negative. If President Obama actually ended the wars, pulled back our troops to our own shores, balanced the budget, ended the income tax, ended corporatism, ended the Federal Reserve, established sound money and repealed all un-Constitutional executive orders…. I would get a life size Obama face tattoo’d on my chest and speak the mans accolades for the rest of my life.

    (Also Republicans didn’t come up with the idea of the ACA. It was two guys who are arguably not conservative, whom you most certainly don’t know their names, who merely suggested the mandate portion as a possibly solution to the mess that Medicare caused in healthcare costs.)

    • John

      To show how ridiculous your comments are, do you actually believe that any of the things you listed above could be accomplished without Republican cooperation? Delusional Republican reasoning at its’ finest.

      • Well obviously, but anything Obama attempts to do the legal way (ie not attempting to legislate through Executive Order) is going to require Republican support. But how does that negate the reasoning? The article says “no matter what Pres. Obama does”. If President Obama does the above, then he gets mad props. Acting like we are against him no matter what? Incorrect. We are against totalitarianism and government power to make us all poor and slaves. (Of course plenty of Republicans are guilty of that as well, which is why we – the youth liberty movement – are against them as well.)

      • Common sense

        Oh god.. another “new” group…

      • samuel

        Not being able to have health insurance because of preexisting conditions makes you poor does it not?

    • Samuel

      So the pull back from Iraq does not count? Am I missing something here? My wife can’t volunteer for deployment because they don’t need as many troops.

      • The pull back that George Bush signed with Iraq the Obama tried to have repealed and stay longer but the Iraqis told him no?

  • Common sense

    I agree 100%.. It seems the racists nutbags and racism in general has increased significantly. The reps hate him so much that they’re no longer afraid to talk their ish in public..