Once President Obama’s time in office is up, one of the main things I’ll had wished he had done more often is call out Republican nonsense during his presidency. No other president has ever faced such blatant obstruction and sabotage like he has, yet far too often he’s sat back, letting Republicans control the message.
Since we all know over these next 2+ years Republicans in Congress aren’t going to allow anything to get done, I really hope that he spends these next couple of years just hammering Republicans for their ignorance and ridiculousness.
Much in the same way he did during an interview with New York Times writer Thomas Friedman. While speaking on various topics, President Obama ventured away from generalities and took a direct shot at Republican ignorance and the radicalization of the party:
“And by the way, it generally is fact-based and reason-based. You know, we’re not denying science, we’re not denying climate change, we’re not pretending that somehow having a whole bunch of uninsured people is the American way.”
I think he should open every public speech he makes saying something very similar to this. Just walk up to the podium and say, “First I’d like to say that, for the record, Democrats aren’t the ones denying science, climate change and trying to keep millions of Americans from being able to afford health care.”
Then just carry on with whatever it is about which he planned to speak.
Because that’s honestly what a lot of these arguments boil down to. Sure, there’s a lot of back and forth rhetoric based on what people want to believe versus what’s real. But at the core of a lot of these arguments is the fact that we have a party who believes in science and history up against a party who thinks the Bible is a science/history book.
Many liberals see the Earth and realize it’s billions of years old with thousands upon thousands of years of human history. Many right-wing conservative Christians see the Earth and thinks it’s 6,000 years old, was created in 144 hours and a 400-year-old man by the name of Noah saved all life on the planet by building a giant ark.
Many liberals view climate change as a serious threat to all humankind. Many conservatives see climate change as “God controlling the weather” beyond the grip of human influence.
Even many basic equal rights issues break down to conservatives believing that the Bible is the moral code on which this country was based, with liberals believing that our Constitution (which doesn’t include a single religious reference anywhere in it) grants us our rights and is from where our laws should be derived.
Though I can already hear conservatives whining about these comments, “See, the Divider in Chief is at it again! No wonder nobody will work with him!”
It’s the tactic they always use. Republicans are constantly pulling some kind of ridiculous partisan nonsense. Then whenever President Obama calls them out on it, he’s the one dividing everyone. Despite the fact that Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and just about every other right-wing media outlet in this country spends 98 percent of their time fear mongering against the president – somehow he’s the one trying to divide everyone.
I guess he’s the one who called himself an un-American Marxist communist socialist non-Christian antichrist who hates America and should be impeached. You know, all those “unifying” adjectives.
My biggest hope is that this is the President Obama we see these next 2+ years instead of the guy who keeps letting Republicans control the message.
Watch his comments below via The New York Times: