Supporting President Obama
Not long ago, I sent a hard-left relative a local news story about 20% of registered voters in Ohio being ineligible, with some counties having more registered voters than adult residents. He attacked me as a "hater," and suggested I get behind President Obama like he did President Bush (!).
It turns out there have been lots of times I supported Obama.
I supported Obama when he promised to protect whistleblowers. I opposed him when that promise disappeared from his official website. Right after the NSA "phony scandal" broke.
I supported Obama when he said in 2006, "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies." I oppose his raising the debt ceiling through the roof since he's been president.
I agreed with Obama that Rush Limbaugh was out of line when Rush called Sandra Fluke a "slut," and had no problem with Obama calling her to commiserate. But he didn't rebuke million dollar contributor Bill Maher for calling Sarah Palin a "bimbo," a "dumb twat" and a "cunt."
I support Obama's use of drones to turn hundreds of terrorists, suspected terrorists, and anyone near them into red mush.
I supported Obama's go-slow policy on the Syrian quagmire. I oppose his steady slide down the slippery slope towards involvement, now providing weapons.
I supported Obama when he said in 2007 that "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." I opposed his taking us to war in Libya with no Congressional authorization.
I supported Obama in 2005 when he opposed eliminating the filibuster. I oppose him now that he supports eliminating it.
I supported Obama when he said that all legislation would be posted on the Internet three days before he signed it. I oppose his total disregard for that promise.
I supported Obama when he said his administration would be the "most transparent in history.' I oppose how everything occurs behind closed doors, with the press excluded and his appointees having secret e-mail accounts to avoid the Freedom of Information act.
I supported Obama when he said lobbyists "will not run my White House and they will not drown out the voice of the American people when I am President of the United States of America." I oppose his appointment of more than 100 lobbyists to run his administration and White House.
I supported Obama when he promised that Healthcare Reform would be an open, bipartisan process and the negotiations would be on C-span. I oppose his doing it behind closed doors, with only Democrat support.
I support Obama still keeping Gitmo open, though I opposed his promise to close it one year after he took office.
I supported Obama when he said that Afghanistan was a war of necessity, a war we had to win. I opposed his announcing to the enemy a pullout date, when they would win the war.
I supported Obama when in 2011 he told La Raza, "The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting, I promise you, not just on immigration reform. But that's not how our system works. That's not how our democracy functions." I opposed him when decided he had the power to implement the Dream Act through executive order.
I supported Obama's promise to be a post-racial president and reduce racial tensions in the U.S. I oppose his continued race baiting to appeal to his base.
I supported Obama when he cosponsored Illinois' Stand-Your-Ground law. I oppose his call to repeal such laws.
I supported Obama's 2008 promise to cut the deficit in half by the end on his first term. I oppose his having doubled the deficit, adding $6T to the debt.
I supported Obama's when he criticized Hillary Clinton in 2008 for wanting to mandate that people buy health insurance. I oppose his mandate that people must buy health insurance.
I support Obama's desire to give his daughters the best education by sending them to private school. I oppose his denial of the same right to poor black people in DC by opposing vouchers.
I agree with Obama's disdain for the rich, elite life style of "millionaires and billionaires." I oppose his living like one at our expense.
I'd like to say I supported Obama's decision to get out of Iraq on Bush's timetable, rather than the one year he promised in his campaign. But looking at Iraq, that hasn't worked out so well.
Lastly, I support Obama when he goes on vacation. But I oppose him coming back.
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://tiny.cc/g02s4 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. All Hall's books are listed here: http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-book-published.html