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.

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  • dltaylor51

    What a bunch of bull crap,Obama is the worst leader this country has ever seen and he doesn’t even have a close second other than Geo.Bush,what planet have these people been living on?

    • Rand Ortega

      Planet Reality.

    • EL Guapo

      What planet do you live on dtaylor????Oh yeah.planet fox news,beck,hannty,palin,malkin,limbaugh,and the rest of the idiot core………

      • dltaylor51

        Right now I’m living on a planet infested with to many people like you who think Obama and the democrats are the best thing in the world,before three years is up hopefully you will figure it out,untill then just limp along the best you can.

        • ChandlerDem

          Actually, dltaylor51, YOU and your party are the infestation. You and your party are the Infestation of hate, intolerance, racism, and lies.

          • dltaylor51

            Hey dumb ass i dont belong to a party now you on the other hand belong to a party that spews hate intolerance ignorance and lies,Just ask Jessie Jackson,Jeremiah Wright,Al Sharpton and the rest of the scum that have permeated your party.

          • SCBlueWoman

            Bless your uninformed heart. President Obama is ranked number 15 out of all presidents. GW Bush is 34th. Keep spewing bullshit. That’s all you’ve got.

          • dltaylor51

            Where did you get your stats? Every poll in the civilized world shows Bush and Obummer fighting it out for last place and Obama is closing in fast on Bush The problem with you liberals is you make it to easy for your party leaders to lie to you and you are to stupid to realize this admin.is the least forthcoming and truthful in the history of the US.When confronted with fact you call it hate or racism or whatever you have been programed to believe.

          • SCBlueWoman
          • dltaylor51

            That’s just a generic chart and could have been printed up by anyone so go to Gallop or some other reputable site and see what they have on the subject,at least they put their name on their stats with percentage of error listed.

          • SCBlueWoman

            Bless your heart.

          • saluda

            watch out your racism is showing. you can only come up with names of BLACK men, just like the POTUS. if you hate in the truth, then so be it because thats what FUXNUZ does every day of the week.

    • ChandlerDem

      What planet DO YOU LIVE ON??? Raygun on down on the repug side have been the worst presidents this country has ever seen. My God, even history has shown that. They have done so much harm to this country.

      So sick of the FUX noise/Pus Limpball listeners.

  • dltaylor51

    When a liberal has nothing to say he goes anal and gets all nit picky,it really is a mental disorder.

  • dltaylor51

    You’re a libtard so spelling your name correctly must seem like a real accomplishment to you.

    • DJD11

      Oooo, “libtard”. Did you come up with that yourself or did you have to cut-and-paste it from some moron infested Tea Party site?
      You know nothing about me ass-wipe.

      • dltaylor51

        I know you dont like teabaggers and moron infested sites and you are a leg humper that trolls sites looking to be abused,voted for Obama twice and have already signed up for Obama care.

        • DJD11

          And I see that you are gun-humper that doesn’t like gays or the President and uses “-tard” to describe those with whom you don’t agree. Plus you don’t know how to spell “college” which tells me that you never got passed high school.
          And yes, I signed up for health insurance because I think health insurance is the best thing we have going until we get single payer like the rest of the civilized countries.

          • dltaylor51

            You are one of Obama’s sheep that needs caring for by the govt.from cradle to grave and you have no hope of ever being anything other than a consumer of other peoples hard work,a parasite is also a consumer so get back down into your moms basement and stay there.

          • DJD11

            Wow, I was wondering why I worked 12 hours a day for 20 of the 24 days before Christmas. Thanks for enlightening me to being a parasite. If (according to you) only conservatives work hard, then I must be a real hard-core conservative.
            If it were possible to be more than 100% wrong, you would be.
            As I said before, you know nothing about me, nor, it seems, any other liberal.

          • ChandlerDem

            So asswipe, you are not going to collect social security or medicare, right?: Leave that money in there for others who happen to like government programs. YOU are the problem in this country. You hate everyone who doesn’t agree with your rethuglican crowd. You are very intolerant of others that don’t look just like you. Hey, let me ask; do you wear a white sheet sometimes when you go out at night and burn crosses in peoples yards?

            Also, stay the hell off the roads, don’t use the police, fire department, post office, public schools, etc., etc. I’m sure you hate all those social (we all pay for) programs.

            You’re just such a FUX noise, Limpballs, witch Coulter, etc., aper.

          • dltaylor51

            Your mama swallowed the best part of you and all that’s left is a sniveling whinny ass’d demoturd,may your life be short and miserable.Damn parrisite.

  • earl2

    I see ZERO accomplishments listed in this article.. So I its actually pretty acccurate

  • ChandlerDem

    You could have looked these up yourself, but here are 50 of Obama’s accomplishments:

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/march_april_2012/features/obamas_top_50_accomplishments035755.php/

    • dltaylor51

      What accomplishments?All that was is 50 lies and only a fool would believe them.Fool

  • ChandlerDem

    You are entitled to your opinion, but he has accomplished a lot of good for the country. I also wish he had done some things I think are good for the country, but we have NEVER had a president who has taken as much undeserved shit as this one. Every racist and bigoted asshole sure have come out of the woodwork since he took office.

  • ChandlerDem

    What a dumbass. Businesses and insurance companies have been canceling insurance for years, or charging a lot more. You are the one who doesn’t seem to read or do any research. Don’t remember insurance companies canceling insurance policies on people who got sick? Don’t remember insurance companies not covering certain illnesses or procedures? Yeah, you wanna cry for the insurance companies and big greedy business? You are not just being awkward, but really, really stupid. But hey, you really fit right in with your GOP party.

  • ChandlerDem

    Well, you obviously never read your bible. Even atheists can usually quote the bible to make their points.

    “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves” (Romans 13:1-2).

    • Mark

      No, actually, YOU obviously don’t have a clue as to how much I read my bible. I’m just not a fundie, and I don’t take all scripture literally, just because it’s really, really old.

      Per your interpretation, Nixon “had God on his side,” during Watergate, John Tyler “had God on his side,” while championing slavery, and William Henry Harrison “had God on his side,” when he contracted pneumonia and died after only 30 days in office.

      • John Dough

        Nazi belt buckles has “God is with us” engraved on them.

  • Colin Campbell Clyde

    Drone bombings, NSA spying, aggressive suppression of whistleblowers, increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan, force-feedings in Gitmo, millions of deportations, Trans Pacific Partnership negotiated in secrecy, indefinite detention without trial clause in the NDAA, TSA screenings… none of this is mentioned in your article.

  • Kerry Fox

    I’m a liberal and I like and support the President! Outside media columnists, I suspect most other liberals feel the same way I do. This is a great and fact-based article. But stop this needless bashing of us liberals…:-)

  • Avocado Punk
  • John Dough

    NDAA? NSA? Drones? Pardoning the war criminals Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld? Yet if we object to any of this, it’s only because we are racist?

  • John Dough

    Sucking up to the people you want desperately to impress. Are you referring to Obama here?

  • John Dough

    Participate in what? Participate in the Police state which is growing all around you?

    Have you noticed that the Police are all driving APCs and wearing riot gear, and that the Government which can’t afford health care is now spending billions of dollars a year to spy on it’s own citizens?

    What was it that Americans considered would be so awful about living in the Soviet Union? Was it the free medical care? The free post-secondary education? No, it was the brutal police and the invasive state surveillance.

    So now that this has come to America, what makes you think you are still ‘the land of the free’? What makes America under Bush/ Obama so much better than life in the USSR?

  • John Dough

    ‘Affordable healthcare’ would have been single-payer, NOT the system that Mitt Romney wrote and Obama pushed through. That is NOT affordable healthcare, that is mandatory health care from a private for profit health insurance company. It’s another corporate giveaway.

    Obama care are the crumbs, and single payer is the entire loaf.

    Refuse the crumbs, and seize the loaf.

    • SCBlueWoman

      Obama proposed single payer. The only way to get it passed was compromise with the GOP, hence, the current ACA. Read a tad, okay?

  • John Dough

    “I do not dispute the fact that Obama has done some good for this country.”

    “Clinton was better.”

    These hardly seem like the words of a Libertarian to me. What flavour was your hat, by the way?