Do Republicans hate Obama more than they love America?
Barack Obama is the 13th American president of my lifetime, but his tenure in the White House is unlike the others in one important respect:
No other president has faced such knee-jerk opposition from lawmakers of the other party. None. Not even Harry Truman in the years just after World War II had to endure such partisan enmity. If Obama somehow came up with a cure for cancer, most congressional Republicans would vote against federal efforts to make it widely available to the American populace.
In a column of a few weeks ago, Allen Clifton described the situation THUSLY:
One 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.