The Republicans must share a significant portion of the blame due to the level of control they have on the house.. I think it's the house of representatives? Anyway, he can't get anything done the way it should be done because the GOP presence there opposes him, not the policies but him and all he wants to do, and the only way he can get things passed is by watering them down and compromising to the point that they're not worth half as much as before, because something done is better than nothing done, and then he's attacked for compromising and shit?
Come on, he's damned no matter what he does isn't he?
Was Reagan? Was Clinton? Both of them faced tons of shit towards the end of their presidency (the entire second half of Clinton's presidency was a high stakes game of chicken), and both of them basically told Congress to shove their complaints up their asses because they both went after public support for what they wanted. Obama is the President of the United States
. Fucking Bush
, of all people, still managed to get a lot of what he wanted done post-2007, and by that point even Republicans hated him.
Obama's position is the Bully Pulpit. He says things, anything
, and it is news. He has a more direct line of communication to the people than a person who owns a TV studio. A man with the amount of charisma that he showed to get elected could ramrod whatever the fuck he wanted through Congress simply by bypassing them entirely, which he used to his advantage for the first year and a half of office and immediately stopped bothering to attempt when he was hit with resistance (with a couple of exceptions). The Republicans saw he wasn't going to put up a fight, and ever since then it has been like he was bleeding out in a shark tank.
The idea that Obama is being constantly hamstrung by Republicans is true; but it is almost entirely of Obama's own fault for undergoing the transformation from Kennedy to Jimmy Carter and allowing that to happen.
Perhaps, if the majority-GOP house hadn't opposed everything (or at least a good deal of what was) coming out of the Obama administration for all the wrong reasons, if they had been willing to engage in a proper bi-partisan relationship with the Democrats for the good of the country,
Bipartisanship is a myth put forth by Congressman to pretend that things are getting done. You get elected for the sole purpose of undermining Presidential efforts, which most of the mid-term legislators did
, and any attempts at trying for bipartisan were a fucking waste of time for all involved. This was clear to everyone in this country the second Boehner took his position as House majority leader.
Obama isn't stupid. He knew
he wouldn't be able to work with most of them because they were elected purely on the basis of how obstructionist they would be. But then he wasted weeks during unemployment crisis trying to reason with people he knew to be unreasonable, and didn't bother appealing to the people until the eleventh hour after it was far too late to achieve what should have been done. Then he did the same thing during the budget crisis. It is kind of hard to blame obstructionist Congressmen for being obstructionist when that is what they were elected for in the first place; but it is easy to blame the guy who had the power to force the issue, had used that power when he first got into office and then proceeded to throw up his hands, whine that it was someone else's fault and not use it when it was needed most.
if they really wanted the US economy to get back on track ASAP and weren't focused on destroying it purely for the sake of an election victory (they were even trying to get the US' credit rating to be downgraded just so they could fuck him with it in their hateful election ads!), we might've seen less diluted accomplishments, and more positive progress.
In early 2010, the Democrat-controlled Senate, led by professional scumbag Harry Reid, purposely
torpedoed the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell so they would have fuel for that election season. Then they never brought it back up when they all got reelected. When it became evident that they never really planned on repealing it in the first place, Obama himself basically had to step in and tell Democrats to go fuck themselves because it was either going to get repealed or he was going to shut down the military. It is one of the few decisive actions Obama has taken since the midterms.
You are basically complaining that Republicans are being Republicans when the actual crime they are guilty of is being sleazy Congressmen.
It is when that person may one day be president. Not one sensible person should want a president whose views on science date back to the Middle Ages.
Compared to the rather glaring flaws in regards to beliefs contained by some of the other candidates, and the guy who currently has the job, I think this is a fairly minor thing to be worried about.
GOP and their ideas are relics from the dark ages. Medieval policies with Ron Paul as their all mighty napoleonesque king.
You say some silly shit in these types of threads, but this may very well take the cake. You do realize that almost every outlet the GOP uses to project their views is against Ron Paul, right?
Edited by Tornado, 13 November 2011 - 01:57 AM.