Several Questions I Want Republicans to Answer About President Obama

obama-thumbs-upWhen Barack Obama was elected in 2008, I knew the right-wing freak out over our nation electing its first black president was going to be fairly intense.  Though I really didn’t think it would be as bad as it’s been.

I figured there would be a lot of ignorance thrown his way, but I really didn’t believe that it would reach the level of unrelenting paranoia and hatred that we’ve seen.

And even after well over five years in office, you can’t convince many conservatives that their ridiculous conspiracy theories about the president that haven’t remotely come true are wrong.  They still believe them.

Heck, depending on what poll you find, anywhere from 30-40 percent of conservatives still don’t believe President Obama was born in Hawaii.  Ironic considering a tea party favorite like Ted Cruz, who many “birthers” want to run for president, was indisputably born in Canada.  

It makes absolutely no sense.

But there are some questions about President Obama I’d like Republicans to answer.

For instance, when is he finally going to come around and confiscate our guns?  I’ve been hearing the NRA and their fellow gun nuts proclaim President Obama is out to confiscate our guns since he was elected in 2008.  So, I’m just wondering, as we’re quickly approaching about the 75 percent completion mark of two terms in office, when exactly does he plan on doing this?

Another question I’d like conservatives to answer is what freedoms have they lost since he’s been president?  He’s this big “freedom-hating socialist,” right?  Well, what freedoms did they have prior to his election in 2008 that they don’t have now?

Speaking of freedom, when is this big government takeover of our health care system going to happen?  I know we have a law that states Americans must buy health insurance, and that health care plans from private insurance companies must meet certain minimum standards, but I’ve yet to see a government takeover of our health care system.  When exactly is that supposed to happen?  Time is running out.

Oh, and where are those death panels? I’m really curious to see which sick American will be the first one the Obamacare death panels sentence to die.

Also, where’s all this socialism I’ve heard about?  It’s been well over 5 years and all I’ve seen is record stock levels, high corporate profits and record-setting private sector job growth.  If he’s a socialist, he’s the worst one in history.

And can some conservative please explain to me how has Obama made the United States less safe?  Is it his high use of drone strikes against terrorism?  His threatening military action against Syria if they didn’t turn over their chemical weapons?  Or what about when he ordered the killing of Osama bin Ladin?  I guess he needed to start two wars, while not accomplishing the goals of either, to be seen by conservatives as “making us safer.”

Another thing, if he’s really this radical anti-Christian Muslim, why has he come out in support of gay rights, more specifically same-sex marriage?  You do realize that if he’s some kind of radical Islamic sympathizer in disguise, they too oppose gay rights?  In fact, they’re even more fiercely against gay rights than many far-right evangelical Christian conservatives.

I guess the same question could be posed about his stance on women’s rights.  Being that followers of radical Islamic laws aren’t known to be the most pro-women’s rights people out there.  In fact, if he were really some radical-leaning follower of Islam, his social policies would be much more in line with conservatives than liberals.

And I’m sorry conservatives, but you can’t claim “Republicans in Congress have prevented most of this from happening.”  Because, according to those same congressional Republicans, President Obama has acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally to wield his power, bypassing Congress to “rule more like a king or dictator.”

After all, isn’t his “massive abuse of power” the reason why so many of you think he should be impeached?

So, conservatives, please enlighten me.  Because I’m really curious as to why so many of your conspiracy theories and outlandish claims against the president have yet to come true.

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

  • Gary Bazydlo

    Ok, let me take a shot. First the premise is wrong. The right did not freak out about a black President. It freaked out about the junior senator from Illinois who lacked the experience and political savy to be effective and who was more liberal than any president in decades. The author making it at all about race shows he is incompetent. The second mistake that he labels kooks as conservatives – they are not. I am conservative. Limbaugh, Beck and Cruz are as offensive to me as they are to liberals. This is really too easy. Could I have more of a challenge please. Guns – he did not get the guns because Congress has prevented it. This writer (aka complete moron) confuses the fact that Obama is incompetent with his lack of intent or desire. Obama has spoken about registration, about making it harder to get a gun, and has had his attorney general argue that the Second Amendment does not protect the right of ordinary citizens to own firearms (on the other hand, giving them to Mexican drug runners is ok). So the intent is there, but thankfully Obama is incompetent at acting on his view of the Second Amendment. FREEDOMS – again, how much time do you have. Obama has ordered all Americans to buy insurance at inflated prices so that he can fund giving it to people who will vote for him. I can think of no other president who has ordered people to buy something on the open market that they would not other wise have purchased. The right to privacy took a pounding as Obama’s NSA took aim at our emails. The right to free speech and association has not fared so well under Obama’s IRS, especially if you are a right leaning political organization. And lets not forget the regulations – which by definition are controls on our rights. Obama passed 3400 of them – in one day – it was last Friday. HEALTHCARE – oh my God is this guy stupid. The only reason you are not feeling the impact is that Obama has – unconstitutionally – delayed the parts of the law that will hurt. For example, if you have a “Cadillac” health care plan, the $20,000 per person tax (yes, $20,000 per insured – I got that from my HR department) was delayed until next year. What will a $20,000 tax do? Force companies to drop cadillac plans, forcing their workers in to the government controlled exchanges. Still think you can keep your plan and your doctor? NOPE. The government passed regulations that made sure hundreds of thousands would lose their coverage and their doctors so they had to go in the government plans. Time is not running out on government take over, it is just beginning!!! Conservatives dont believe in death panels. Idiots do and they dont speak for me. If I hauled out all the crap the far left says, they would look like kooks too. How easy it is to assign stupid opinions to people that done hold them and then mock them for opinions they do not hold. Conservatives do understand that there are only two ways to pay for coverage for millions of new uninsured – ration care and raise costs. Obamacare does both. SOCIALISM – he is looking at the wrong records. How about record amounts of people on food stamps and welfare? How about transference of wealth under Obamacare? How about a complete absence of entitlement reform? LESS SAFE – premature withdrawal of troops from Iraq resulting in ISIS. Failure to establish US oil independence and export capability to weaken Russian hold on Europe. Failure to check Iranian nuclear advancement. Complete lack of effort to sercure our borders (one reporter, waiving an ISIS flag, crossed the border with no problem). ISLAM – again, conservatives do not claim Obama is a muslim, kooks do. But thanks for again assigning to conservatives an opinion they do not hold, and then mocking us for having an opinion we dont. If there is a more ignorant writer on the planet, I have not seen him or her. That was easy. Got any tough ones?