To Obama Haters: The Actual Evidence of Obama’s Achievements Shows You’re on the Wrong Side of History— Again

 

There are Obama haters aplenty, have been from Day One: Snooty left wingers have offered advice he should have, could have, would have followed to success if the president had just listened to his white betters in the media. Hate-filled right wing bigots have jostled to be the loudest claiming Obama isn’t a “real American,” not one of us, from somewhere else, a liar, a communist, a Muslim, the anti-Christ… and that’s just a start.

Economists have lined up on all sides to predict his policies would fail, that we were headed for depression, world economic collapse, and higher unemployment. Hawks told us the president was giving in to terror, maybe he was a terrorist himself. Doves told us he’s a mass murderer, using drones to target the innocent.

Civil libertarians told us Obama is creating a surveillance state, that he’s Orwell’s worst nightmare personified. That, of course is when he’s not selling us down the river to terrorists, as the Religious Right claims or turning our children into gays.

The Religious Right also tells us that the president is a baby-killer, wants to destroy marriage, hates families, and is in league with a global gay conspiracy to coddle pedophiles. Speaking of pedophiles, the Roman Catholic bishops – when not busy with settling lawsuits on behalf of abused children their priests raped – have told us that the president is anti-religion, anti-Catholic and anti-religious freedom, all because he hasn’t kowtowed to them and insisted that women are given full health coverage, including access to contraception.

The president has only been forced to tell one untruth,
and it’s not that everyone could keep their coverage irrespective of how bad their so-called insurance was. That was a misstatement. It’s this: He’s never been able to say that the bitterness of his opponents stems from the fact he’s black. Not everyone who opposes the president is a racist. But race embarrasses us. We try not to mention it. We pretend we’re a less race-divided country than we are.

The president can’t say that because then on top of everything else he’d be accused of being an angry black man. Pundits like to tell us how well Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan got on and worked together. Why can’t the president be like that? The two Irish-Americans on opposite sides of the issues back in the good old days were both white, that’s why. One of them wasn’t facing a party of obstruction and hatred so irrational they would risk the entire world economy to make a point, that’s why!

With the economy salvaged from the toilet, two unnecessary wars ended, America’s standing retrieved from the lowest point it’s ever been that W Bush brought us to, with our dollar taken from worthless to the world currency again, our educational system retreating from free fall, any minimally fit president who had held all that together would be ahead in the polls… if he happened to be white.

The Democrats put forward the brightest, most compelling and inspiring candidate since Franklin Roosevelt. He won. But he did not change the blighted elitist heart of the white ruling class – Left or Right – used to being in charge. I say this as a white, 61 year-old former Republican and former Evangelical leader, who was turned into an Obama supporter by my disgust with the hijacking of the Republican Party by a bunch of anti-American revolutionaries. (See my new book And God Said, “Billy! exploring the roots of American religious delusion, and offering a way to better understand what I mean by the term “anti-American revolutionaries.”)

Senator Obama won scholarships to America’s top academic institutions, was voted by his peers to be editor of the Harvard Law Review, is a family man with an exemplary and obviously loving marriage, has a wife who is a brilliant charismatic woman, two lovely children, is a born-again Christian comfortable with his faith, has avoided making the fast buck in the new gilded age of greed when he could have, served his community, is thoughtful, considered in his opinions, slow to anger, proved right in his judgment about the Iraq war, the economy and just about everything else, looks at every side of a question before making a decision, and is not given to grandstanding let alone defending himself. That is who I voted for twice. That is who the president still is.

And now we come to the “healthcare reform debacle.” It is a “debacle” just as the economy was a debacle. In other words it isn’t. Check the stock market lately? Check the employment numbers lately? Check the wind-down of our wars lately? Check the whereabouts of bin Laden lately? Check the falling crime rates lately? Check the fact our deficit is dropping and that we are closer to energy self sufficiency than ever lately?

Turns out all the worst case forecasts about President Obama have been wrong. No, he hasn’t fixed everything. But, in spite of the racist, crazy Tea Party, the evangelical haters and the supercilious, know-it-all liberals who harass Obama, the president has done A LOT! President Obama remains the most intellectually and emotionally even-tempered and best equipped President we have had in the modern era. And even with the entire machinery of the Republican establishment and much of the media rooting for and egging on the “failure” of his Affordable Care Act, he will prevail.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not expert on health care reform. But given the actual record of achievement of this president I’m betting against the bigots and the know-it-all-pundits. Based on how all the other “disasters” and “failures” this president “created”– by not listening to Tea Party/evangelical bigots and white “liberal” commentators… I’m betting President Obama gets the Affordable Care Act website fixed, survives this current chapter of the slow-motion lynching that’s characterized his presidency, and wins this round too.

Today the president’s poll numbers are down. Thirty years from now the word “Obamacare” will be right up there with the other things we take for granted as the bedrock of our civil society. In President Obama we were given two extraordinary gifts; a great President and a national mirror. Looking into that mirror we just learned who we really are.

Like our national reaction to Jackie Robinson — the American baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League — we’ve learned that one brave decent black man has had the fortitude to call us to a better place by what he did NOT say or do in his defense. The question is not will President Obama fail, but who are we?

Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book — And God Said, “Billy! exploring the roots of American religious delusion, and offering another way to approach true spirituality, is on Kindle, iBook and NOOK for $3.99, and in paperback.

About Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer is an American author, film director, screenwriter and public speaker. He is the son of the late theologian and author Francis Schaeffer. He became a Hollywood film director and author, writing several internationally acclaimed novels including And God Said, "Billy!" as well as the Calvin Becker Trilogy depicting life in a fundamentalist mission home-- Portofino, Zermatt, and Saving Grandma.

  • Sharlee

    I usually agree with much of what you say, but today, not so much at all. I do not dispute the fact that Obama has done some good for this country, but I also believe that he has done some unspeakable wrongs and has sold out on things that he adamantly stood against when he was running for office. The left is upset with him because he betrayed left ideologies and continued with Bush policies in a way never expected. He has signed away critical rights of the American ppl. He stands and in one breath defends the democratic rights of ppl all over the world, but does not defend them for the very citizens he is sworn to work for. He betrays them. He errors on the side of diplomacy instead of American rights. He has also engaged in military action that is unconscionable and I have no doubt would have gone into Syria had not the American ppl made such a stink that he had no choice but to be transparent about his actions and a huge crisis was averted. Not because he is a good president, as he was willing to even go against the UN’s position on it, but because we stood up to what he planned to do and demanded a thorough investigation. Honestly, I could care less about broken Obamacare. There comes a point, and this happened for me with the church, when the good does not outweigh the bad. Any good that Obama does, does not outweigh the bad he has done. Like his predecessors, he continues to sell America down the river. I am not sure what you consider to be the “modern era” but Obama is not the best. Kennedy was definitely better. Heck, Clinton was better!

    • DJD11

      Is it really that difficult to spell “people”?

      • Sharlee

        Just about as difficult as it is for you to spell your name apparently. Don’t be petty. Life is too short.

        • DJD11

          Petty?
          How about you don’t be lazy.
          And where, exactly, did I misspell my name?

          • Sharlee

            You play no role in my life to tell me how or how not to spell ppl. It is completely acceptable to spell it that way on the internet. Just as it is equally acceptable to use names like DJD11 instead of taking the time to actually spell out your name or whatever other excuse you might have, cuz frankly, what you do with your name is your business, just like how I spell ppl is my business. Seriously, did your pettiness REALLY make the world a better place. I think not. You only succeeded in making yourself look petty. Congratulations.

          • DJD11

            Still wondering where I misspelled my own name. How do know that DJD11 ISN’T my name? My parents were very weird. I can call myself whatever I like. As long as I spell it correctly.
            Nowhere in my world is it acceptable to misspell “people”.
            Ppl is not a word.
            Did being so lazy that you couldn’t take the time to spell out the entire word “people” make the world a better place? It only succeeded in making yourself look lazy. Congratulations.

    • Sabreen60

      Just once I’d love to see a list of specifics instead of all this generality.

      Clinton – NAFTA, eliminated Glass-Seagall. Undid much of assistance for poor people. Kennedy – Bay of Pigs – had to be pushed to do anything about civil rights. Maybe you should study history. BTW, both these “better” Presidents had less than stellar personal lives.

      • Sharlee

        And while Obama might have a stellar personal life, he sells out the American ppl. I did share specifics about Obama and as far as I am concerned, they absolutely outweigh any good he does. He sold out his countrymen as far as I am concerned. Don’t get me wrong, I used to love him. Hope and change and all that. Hot air coming from him.

    • Sven2547

      He errors on the side of diplomacy instead of American rights.

      This sentence confuses me. Where does diplomacy conflict with “American rights”?

    • http://twitter.com/#!/jamesi3m Jamesi3m

      If you aren’t a Libertarian, I will eat my hat. Nothing but hyperbole and blame for things that never happened.

      • Sharlee

        Eat your hat. I am a moderate Democrat/progressive and if you think they didn’t happen, you are not paying attention.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/jamesi3m Jamesi3m

          Right. You’re a progressive who believes the President has ” done some unspeakable wrongs and has sold out on things that he adamantly stood against” and “has signed away critical rights…but does not defend them for the very citizens he is sworn to work for. He betrays them.”

          My, you are a rare breed of progressive. Most would say non-existent. Much like the things you claim the President has done.

    • Mark

      I am not happy about the way he almost got us militarily involved in Syria; however, the rest of your post is long on blame but short of facts. What “unspeakable wrongs”? What “critical rights of the American people” has he signed away? You claim much, but provide no substance.

  • http://www.thinkpoint.wordpress.com/ SC

    Evidently a rapidly growing majority of Americans are on the wrong side of history. What naive arrogance! This appears to be just one more example of sucking up to the people you want desperately to impress.

    • Kevin O’connor

      Majority is who elected him twice…mook.

      • http://www.thinkpoint.wordpress.com/ SC

        Yes, how could it change so soon to basement level approval? Answer, ACA, instead of insuring the uninsured, is causing millions to lose their insurance. Despite broken promises and a multimillion tax dollar website failure, the ACA is actually positioned to fine those who lost their insurance. How did we get into this mess? Listening to democrats try to defend the President’s health care debacle has been painful.

        I am not talking about the delusional side led by Nancy Pelosi. Far more intelligent liberals have looked painfully uncomfortable trying to offer a positive spin or just trying to change the subject to “those terrible, horrible Republicans.” It’s been embarrassing to our country.

        • http://michaelhattem.tumblr.com/ Michael Hattem

          What has been embarrassing to our country in the eyes of the rest of the world was that we ended up with the ACA instead of universal health care. Insurance companies canceled millions of policies every year before the ACA. And as we’ve seen in the many cases brought on television and in print that have been debunked, many people who have had policies canceled (either because the insurance company chose to cancel them or they don’t meet the minimum quality standards set by the ACA) are eligible for cheaper plans with more coverage through the exchanges. No major plan like this is rolled out perfectly including the GOP’s Medicare Part D and Romneycare in MA. The website will get fixed. And once we’re past the window where insurance companies can only issue policies that meet the minimum standards, the cancellations will stop. And 5 years from now, the same people complaining now will have better and cheaper coverage than before. This is why the Right is going all-out on the website problems, because they know they have a very small window to try to convince people that the sky is falling.

          • http://www.thinkpoint.wordpress.com/ SC

            This what I mean by awkward efforts to give it a better spin. Blame insurance companies? Government knows better than you?

          • SoloCup

            Government doesn’t “know” better than you, but government CAN protect you from abuse. Health care is a REALLY complex issue, one that takes hours of study to even BEGIN to understand, but most people are trained to just react. There is a law called McCarran Ferguson that protects insurance companies from Interstate competition. It has artificially kept prices for coverage inflated. Right now, Rep. Conyers has a bill on the floor to repeal it. It won’t go anywhere- K Street will make sure of that. But before we complain, we would do well to understand what is holding us back from real reform.

          • Sapphire Possible

            Well said!

          • Tiny Tim

            Yep. A good liar. Five years from now your kind will be denying you ever claimed any of this.

          • DJD11

            Quit calling people “liars”.

        • DJD11

          A bad web site does not a “health care debacle” make. Those “millions” who lose their insurance will, in a great majority, get better, less expensive coverage though the “debacle” that is the ACA.

          • Tina Thomas

            Don’t blame our President for the greediness of your insurance companiea

          • Sapphire Possible

            …adn greedy health officials who are just in it for the bottom line-money.

          • Tiny Tim

            Events are already proving you to be a liar.

          • DJD11

            We’ll see.
            I suspect that you and those believe as you do will never admit to being wrong.

        • Tina Thomas

          By not working with the President to make things come together for the good of everyone not just a selected few blame youselves not him

        • Sven2547

          …is causing millions to lose their insurance.

          “Millions”? I’ve heard anecdotes here and there, but “millions”?

        • http://twitter.com/#!/jamesi3m Jamesi3m

          No, the answer is ignorance. People like you who can’t remember what they had for breakfast, and can’t remember that the whole reason for the ACA is that people were ALREADY losing their coverage and unable to obtain coverage. Now you ignorantly want to blame the problem on the only effort towards a solution.

          And as far as the polls, again I point to people like you. After all, a majority of Americans think “CSI” has great acting and writing.

        • saluda

          the only ones who need to be embarrassed are the obstructionists such as yourself. how can a leader of a country be embarrassed for wanting to help their fellow countrymen have affordable healthcare? they look like a humbled leader to others outside the united states. as for those democrats holding onto the exit sign, they are like republicans, thinking of their own interests (such as getting voted out of office, which IS about to happen) instead what will help make the people of their country have a better, productive life. those politicians don’t have enough integrity to hold out for that “all is well” moment that will soon come.

    • Tina Thomas

      It had nothing to do with trying to impress anyone, it had to do with picking the best man for the job and that just happened to be Mr OBAMA he had everything together but is being met with so much jealousy and resistanc but he still has God on his side so he will succeed You’ll need to realize God always has the say so And he is in control all you have to do is look around Stop hating and start participating

      • Mark

        This is sarcasm, right? The “God on his side” comments? As if God would care or get involved in our presidential elections.

  • Jack Blood

    i thought this was satire?

  • Jack Boardman

    What’s interesting to me—the author predicted correctly many of the
    comments in this thread. Predictable conservative reactions and
    equally predictable liberal comments—universal healthcare indeed
    (as if such a thing could happen with the
    “Lets-Make-Obama-A-One-Term-President-Republicans”)!

  • Sapphire Possible

    Chin up, Mr. President! You’ve done a world of good. You’ve helped lay a foundation that will make the necessary changes this country needs. Too many people in this nation have grown accustomed to having everything now , now ,now. No quick fixes, no nonsense. That builds stability!!!

  • Benny Zamora

    congress is not use to saying yes to a black man. congress get over it and do your job

  • Tiny Tim

    He has not ended the wars, Frank.

    Just becuause your son is safe does not mean everyone else’s it.

  • Mardou Locke

    Well said!


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