The Hatred and Disrespect for President Obama is a Disgrace! Please Explain Yourselves.
As a long-time independent voter I have never been more confused byÂ ConservativeÂ 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 Â 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 stupidâbut 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.Â
Socialism?Government Intrusion?Apologies?Big Government?Obamacare & Death Panels?Wealth Redistribution? Class Warfare?
HowÂ does anyone get to Socialism from a sincere effort take care ofÂ ALLÂ the people in the country? We built this country into the greatest civilization of the World using Capitalism. The Cold War proved beyond any doubt that Capitalismâalthough not perfectâremains the best system there is. Capitalism provides the opportunity for everyone to work hard and progress. President Obama fully understands the superiority of Capitalism and embraces it as the foundation of our American way of life.
The PresidentÂ is everyone’s President, not just the President for those who elected him. I agree with the Conservative principles of hard work and self-reliance, but something is clearly not working when 40m people cannot afford basic health-care. And it’s not because they are all lazy. We all enter life at a destination not of our choosing, so it is only luck that determines our starting points. Does it not make sense to reach down and help those we can, no matter where we are on the ladder of life? After all, we could have been the unlucky ones.
Contrary to Justice Scalia’s irrational comparison of the healthcare market to the broccoli market, common sense dictates that everyone IS in the healthcare market whether they possess health insurance or not, for the very simple reason that all living people walk around with the potential to require immediate healthcare, and we accept everyone at Emergency Rooms throughout the country. Everyone does not walk around with the potential to require immediate broccoli!
We accept everyone at emergency rooms because of a fundamental principle of our society, that everyone matters, and everyone deserves basic healthcare. And this principle of caring for others is not going to change, it is one of the principles that makes our country great!
It is simply uncivilized to want a society where the poor are left along the side of the road.
Are there not enough workhouses?Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â EbenezerÂ Scrooge
So yes, we want to limit reliance and lazy handouts, but at the end of the day, our collective goal should be to help everyone succeed, not just some of us. Providing health-care for all is not the meaning of Socialism, nor does it represent a desire to go there. It is perhaps a very smallÂ slice of socialismâand a slice that we need and should be very proud of!
Conservatives sayÂ President ObamaÂ promotes Government intrusion into our lives, and that he would like to poke his nose into our private matters.Â I would argue that he has no such desire nor ambition, but only a desire to improve the plight of the poor and the middle class. The President is doing the very best job he can in a very divided government within a very divided country.Â
Furthermore, restricting women’s choice is a very strong personal intrusion, but that is a Conservative intrusion, so therefore it is OK? Â TheÂ Patient Protection and Affordable Care ActÂ requires all employers to uphold the law of the land, which states that employers must provide for contraceptives in their health plans. Â Whether you agree with a law is irrelevant, as no person is above the law; therefore, we shouldÂ not provide exemptionsÂ for religious groups.
Yes, President Obama is trampling all over the Constitution that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney left in tatters!Â 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 onceâwe 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 haveÂ WMD; and they did not cause, participate, or have anything to do with 9/11. Â 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 ExceptionalÂ rights to wreck the planet that we all rely on.
Ronald Reagan raised taxes and so did George H.W. Bush, both understanding that there is a correctÂ time to do so. Big Government? The facts simply do not support this assertion.
Obama-Care & Death Panels? Â REALLY?
An offensive and disrespectful term to begin with, Obamacare, aka theÂ Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, does requireÂ Individual Mandates. The reason for the mandate is that every person has the potential to requireÂ emergencyÂ 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,Â 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!
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 GainsÂ rate was 15% whileÂ Ordinary incomeÂ 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. Â
If you strongly dislike President Obama, please share some facts to support your reasoning, and leave the ad hominem attacks for your friends.