There are times when a politician with a morsel of decency attempts to cite the opposition’s faults and instead of being blunt, they gloss over the real issues and imply there is something untoward in their opponent’s ideology. President Obama is a master at alluding to congressional Republican malfeasance, and feigning ignorance at why they refuse to work for the American people and openly obstruct governance and any effort by Democrats to work for the people. Recently, the President has been a bit more forthcoming with small audiences about Republicans obstructing governance, their devotion to the rich and powerful, and their refusal to even consider working with Democrats or the White House to grow the economy and help the masses.
Two weeks ago in Texas, and again in last week’s radio address, the President noted that Republicans were furious that, while they were busy obstructing governance and devising political stunts, the President was doing whatever he could to help Americans. However, the President posed a question that he obviously knew the answer to keep the possibility open that Republicans would abandon their obstructionist ways and join him in working for the people, he stopped short of elucidating what the impetus for Republican intransigence is driven by.
The President said, “The truth is, even with all the actions I’ve taken this year, I’m issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years. So it’s not clear how it is that Republicans didn’t seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did. Maybe it’s just me they don’t like. I don’t know. Maybe there’s some principle out there that I haven’t discerned, that I haven’t figured out. You hear some of them — ‘sue him,’ ‘impeach him.’ Really? Really? For what? You’re going to sue me for doing my job?” Barack Obama is an intelligent man, and he is well aware of recent American history, and although it is true Republicans do not like the President, there is more at play than just racial animus.
The principle the President claimed he has not figured out is that Republicans hate America, hate the people, hate the democratic process, and hate the idea of Americans putting a Democrat in the White House; regardless of their racial makeup. The President knows that Republican hatred towards Americans erupts when the people elect a Democrat as President because they never threaten to, or actually, impeach a president when they are Republican. Even when they lie to go to war, openly engage in war crimes such as torture, or reveal the identity of an undercover CIA agent. But when the people elect a Democrat, all Hell breaks loose and Republicans seek impeachment, and unless they get to take out their electoral rage by slashing domestic programs that benefit the people, they shut down the government.
The last time Americans elected a Democratic President, besides impeaching him for a private indiscretion, Republicans exposed their contempt and hatred for the people by shutting down the government in 1995 and 1995-96 because then-President Clinton would not approve their vindictive cuts to Medicare, education, the environment, and public health; all programs that help the people. Last October Republicans again revealed their hatred for the people for re-electing the Democratic President when they shutdown the government over healthcare and paying the debt they racked up with tax cuts for the rich and two unfunded wars of aggression against Muslims. The Republican calls for impeachment now are not new, and began within a few months of Barack Obama being officially sworn in as President.
Republicans never pass legislation to help the American people because they hold them in contempt on a fundamental level; it is contrary to their conservative ideology to do anything for the people. But they get vindictive when the people elect a Democrat as President and take out their vengeance by going on a crusade to take every and anything from them to exact retribution for not putting a Republican in the White House. Of course, it did not help that Americans elected an African American Democrat as President, and Republicans displayed their ire by trying to cause a credit default, twice, to teach Americans and the world a lesson that the GOP will destroy the nation and world economy because they do not control the White House.
President Obama is in the habit of telling audiences that Republicans are patriotic and love America, but they just have a different idea of how to govern. That is just not true and it is likely the President knows it. If they cared one iota about America, its people, or the electoral process they would swallow their pride and work with the opposition to advance the interests of all Americans. Instead, they met in secret on Inauguration night in 2009 and plotted their revenge on the people by swearing an oath to subvert any attempt by the new President to pull the economy out of the catastrophic recession they created during 8 years of the Bush administration. That was over five years ago and the President’s re-election just enraged them to punish Americans by shutting down the government, wasting taxpayers’ time and money with fabricated scandals, and suing the President for doing his job.
Americans expect the President to display a semblance of comity when dealing with Republicans, but the time for niceties is long past. Although the President is beginning to express his frustration with Republican intransigence in public appearances, he seriously needs to address the nation in prime time and explain exactly why Washington is not attending the needs of the people. While he is at it, the President can spend five minutes disabusing several persistent lies Republicans spew without any pushback. For example, he could tell Americans the KeystoneXL pipeline is an export cash cow for the Kochs and the oil industry and that no oil will stay in America. To his credit, the President did say the pipeline is for exporting Canada’s oil to Europe, but it was buried in a NY Times interview; the people that need to hear about Keystone are not reading the NY Times. There are myriad Republican myths the President can dispel quickly, but it requires him to acknowledge openly that not only are Republicans rank liars, but that their actions, or lack thereof, are driven by their hatred for the people, America, and democracy.
Obviously President Obama is not going to address the nation and call Republicans liars, but he can reasonably posit that it is no coincidence that when Americans elect a Democrat as president, Republicans shut down the government, make drastic cuts to social programs, and go on an impeachment crusade. The American people will make the connection that every despicable act by Republicans over the past five years was driven by vengeance to punish the people for electing a Democrat as President; not, as President Obama says, out of their ideological form of patriotism or love for America. Maybe then the people will finally comprehend, like President Obama surely does, that not only do Republicans hate an African American Democratic President, they hate America, its democracy, and most of all they hate the people.