Obama: The Great Divider

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Supporters of Barack Obama hailed their candidate’s ascension to America’s highest political office as ushering in a “post-partisan presidency.” The reasoning behind this wasn’t without reason. After all, Obama had announced at his 2004 Democratic Convention keynote address, “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America—there is the United States of America,” and had promised upon his inauguration “an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.” But almost four years into his presidency, Barack Obama presides over a more polarized America than any the Pew Research Center has polled in its quarter century of surveying political division on 48 separate issues.

President Obama failed to convince a single Republican to vote for his signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, and garnered just a handful of GOP supporters for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis told the Republicans gathered in Tampa Tuesday night, “Bill Clinton, Jack Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson reached out across the aisle and said meet me in the middle. But [Democrats] rammed through a healthcare bill that took over one-sixth of our economy, without accepting a single Republican idea, without winning a single vote in either house from a party whose constituents make up about 50 percent of the country.”

On day three of the Obama presidency, the post-partisan president had entered the post-post-partisan stage of his administration. “Elections have consequences,” he told Eric Cantor upon hearing ideas from the then-House Minority Leader, “and, Eric, I won.” Not until more than two years into his administration did Barack Obama hold a one-on-one meeting with the Republican leader of the House or Senate. He routinely submits budgets not to win passage but to enhance his bona fides with the liberal base. When the democratic process rebuked his arrogance in the fall of 2010 he arrogantly rebuked the democratic process. Going to war in Libya after consulting the United Nations but not Congress, slipping carbon limits into Environmental Protection Agency regulations that had failed to pass muster with Congress, and placing controversial end-of-life-counseling into the Federal Register after Congress had explicitly rejected it substantively sums up the my-way-or-the-highway approach. His ongoing “We Can’t Wait” initiative symbolically sums it up.

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  • Kevin

    The country's electorate is set in stone–The Republican Americans and the Communist Democrats. The problem is the commies are currently winning with more and more promises of government largess to its constituents. The country is done. It won't last another twenty years unless it separates completely into new nation states: the USA (normal Americans) and the Diversity States of America (left-wing kooks, et al). Civil war is coming unless a peaceful separation can be worked out.

    • Andy

      Sadly, I think you're right.

  • Schlomotion

    Let me get this right: The President is supposed to embrace bipartisanship the day after the other party just illegally rewrote its election rules, cheated on the delegate vote, surrounded itself with a SWAT team, and previously broke the fingers and hips of the competition within their own party? Hmmmmm.

    • Andy

      Don't bother trying, Schlo. You'll never get anything right.

    • IsraelFirster

      He brags enough about it, so he should actually do it instead of talking the talk and not walking the walk. Maybe he should wak over and become ruler of Kenya. He'd fit in better there.

      • Schlomotion

        Yes. It is well known that Israel Firsters support the "go back to Africa" position of the KKK.

        • poppakap

          It's also well known that slomo likes to catch for his favorite Pakistani friends.

    • Choi

      PROFESSIONAL TROLL Schlo is reduced to writing FICTION.
      WHAT the H_ LL is:
      "…the day after the other party just illegally rewrote its election rules, cheated on the delegate vote, surrounded itself with a SWAT team, and previously broke the fingers and hips of the competition within their own party.????????????????????!!!!!!.
      68 DAYS Schlo,68 DAYS!

    • Ghostwriter

      Once again,we have another fact-free,Jew-hating tirade from Schlockmotion. Doesn't he ever get tired of his anti-Jewish nonsense?

    • poppakap

      Funniest thing I've read all year sloboy. Good one. You really should give comedy a try. Since you can't get a writing gig at a serious leftwing rag, how about National Lampoon? Or maybe Mad Magazine? Cracked (talk about a perfect fit!)?

  • BLJ

    What else would you expect from a muslim America hater who hoodwinked his way (with a big assist from the MSM) into the Oval Office?

  • Ger

    Agree, Obama is "Yhe Great Divider"; someone should update the lyrics to "The Great Pretender" by the Platters with apologies to them along the following lines:

    Oh-oh, yes I'm the great Divider
    Dividing is what I do well
    My greed is such I Divide as much
    I love it, but few can tell!

    Oh-oh, yes I'm the great Divider
    Adrift in a world of my own
    I'm playing the fame but to my real blame
    You're left to pay for my game!

  • Don