As a long-time independent voter I have never been more confused by Conservative views and conduct. I have voted for Democrats and Republicans, and I always take pride in attempting to vote for the best candidate, but somehow our electoral process has become saturated with a level of venom, disrespect, and hate that is truly shameful. Where does all this hate come from?
First, I don’t believe Conservatives are racist, nor do I believe they are stupid—but I am at a loss for their current lack of reason when it comes to our President. Let me address a few specifics, and perhaps someone can open my eyes.
Furthermore, restricting women’s choice is a very strong personal intrusion, but that is a Conservative intrusion, so therefore it is OK? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires all employers to uphold the law of the land, which states that employers must provide for contraceptives in their health plans. Whether you agree with a law is irrelevant, as no person is above the law; therefore, we should not provide exemptions for religious groups.
Moreover, I am at loss for other intrusions that Conservatives are talking about, excluding of course a few items encountered during the George W. Bush Presidency, such as: torture (waterboarding), extraordinary rendition (extra-judicial kidnapping), restrictions on gay marriage, and domestic warrantless wiretapping, etc.
Yes, President Obama is trampling all over the Constitution that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney left in tatters! NOT!
The disgust with President Obama’s apologetic nature toward our allies? First, I don’t believe he has been that apologetic, but lets face some facts for once—we are less than 4.5% of the world’s population (approx. 315M out of 7B) and yet we consume somewhere near 30% of the world’s resources. We produce massive amounts of pollution (we are not alone), and we have recently been fighting two wars, one an unjust war that we started.
The facts are that Iraq did not have WMD; and they did not cause, participate, or have anything to do with 9/11. It is not unreasonable to believe that an apology to the World is in order. The fact is that we do not have any American Exceptional rights to wreck the planet that we all rely on.
Where does this noise originate? President Obama has 273,000 less Federal Employees than Ronald Reagan, and President Clinton reduced the Federal workforce by 373,000 over his two terms! (Total Government Employees since 1962) Richard Nixon, a Republican, created the Environmental Protection Agency that Texas Governor Rick Perry wanted to eliminate.
Ronald Reagan raised taxes and so did George H.W. Bush, both understanding that there is a correct time to do so. Big Government? The facts simply do not support this assertion.
An offensive and disrespectful term to begin with, Obamacare, aka the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, does require Individual Mandates. The reason for the mandate is that every person has the potential to require emergency care , so to promote self reliance, and reduce free riders, everyone is required to pay an amount that will enable coverage for all.
Ironically, it appears that the basic framework for the Affordable Healthcare Act originated with the Conservative Think Tank, The Heritage Foundation. Governor Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts Healthcare was a great success, but for no reason I can see, that same model became repugnant once it received the President’s support. Go FIGURE!
As for Sarah Palin’s so-called “Death Panels,” for 2009, “death panel” was named as PolitiFact‘s “Lie of the Year”, one of FactCheck‘s “whoppers”, and the most outrageous term by the American Dialect Society. (Wikipedia)
This nonsense refers to President Obama’s attempt to make sure that everyone pays the amount of taxes that Congress intended for them to pay. His simple response seems best, “I reject the idea that asking a hedge fund manager to pay the same tax rate as a teacher or a plumber is class warfare.” I couldn’t agree more. After all, the U.S. Capital Gains rate was 15% while Ordinary income was in the 30s prior to 2013. Of course, Hedge Fund managers make all their money from Capital Gains, so they all pay about half the rate that most pay.
Moreover, the facts again support the President. The gap between the rich and the poor is truly staggering, not only in the U.S., but everywhere. See my post Wealth Inequality in America.