This is bananas
Juan Williams, as always, is totally wrong when he assigns blame to Republicans. The Republican Party, for all its faults, is not solely to blame for the current strife. Let’s get right to it:
If you ask me, President Obama is being way too hard on himself.
“It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency, that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better,” the president said during his final State of the Union address last week. He added, “a president with the gifts of Lincoln or Roosevelt might have better bridged the divide.”
While I’m all for humility, the president is not to blame for the rancor and polarization that have characterized his presidency.
The motherfucker opened his presidency with, “I won. Get over it.” That’s not polarization? He completely rejected any sort of compromise when he had all the cards. What is that if not divisive?
It was Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) who famously declared that his number one goal was to make Obama a “one-term president.”
How often do opposition leaders in the Senate angle to help the President, of any party? It’s happened exactly zero times. McConnell isn’t my favorite person by any means but Juan is basically saying “Mitch McConnell behaved as everyone expects the Senate Opposition Party Leader to behave instead of kissing Obama’s ass.” If I were in a meeting with someone whose attitude was “I won. Get over it” I would aim to keep him from getting re-elected, too.
Obama is not responsible for the unprecedented obstructionism employed by McConnell’s Senate Republicans to block nearly all of his nominees and proposals.
Unprecedented? The omnibus was everything the Democrats want — and that’s with majorities in both houses!
He has not even used executive action to get around Congress as extensively as did Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. But his critics deride him as a constitutional outlaw.
Possible this dumbass doesn’t remember all the angry invective hurled at Dubya… but I doubt it. Instead he’s brushing it under the rug, pretending the Democrats were singing joyous songs and going along with Bush.
Similarly, ObamaCare is based on Republican proposals such as the healthcare plan Mitt Romney put in place as governor of Massachusetts.
Which even Mitt Romney admitted works at the state level but is different at the federal level. The federal government has different rules. This is US Law 101.
How is Obama to blame for Congressional Republicans stopping cap-and-trade proposals to reduce air pollution when the idea originated with them?
What the fuck?
Despite all this, the president seemed willing to take responsibility for polls showing a high percentage of Americans think the country is going in the wrong direction, and are angry at him and Washington. But he won the White House twice and his approval rating, despite the non-stop attacks, is about 44 percent. The GOP-led Congress has an approval rating of around 13 percent. So who is dragging down the country?
Politicians. The overall Congressional approval is low for two reasons: 1) People like their guy, but hate the rest. 2) The GOP hasn’t done what they promised (repeal Obamacare, to start) in 2010 and 2014. For all this approval rating hoopla Juan is ignoring the historic gains the Republicans made since Obama took office — with majorities in both houses that he promptly squandered.
The calls for the GOP majority in Congress to block Obama at every turn are rooted in paranoid, arguably racist, fringes of the electorate.
Paranoid? Arguably racist? Fringes? See, now I don’t feel the need to listen to your stupid ass anymore. But let me tell you something: Opposing what Obama does doesn’t come from racist, or paranoia, or a fringe. How many people oppose Obamacare? How many people oppose the executive action on guns? Hell, look at the people voting with their wallet: How many people have went and bought guns and ammo?
I oppose a bigger government. I don’t care what fucking color the person is doing it and it’s pathetic and sad that this is the focus of someone supposedly on the right. You’re worse than an enemy, you’re a back-stabbing traitor.
Let’s not forget that the current front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump, made his name among Republicans back in 2011 by talking up conspiracy theories about the president’s birth certificate.
Theories started by Hilary Clinton, the current front-runner for the Democrat presidential nomination. Trump was aiming to get something, and he did. The President stopped being so secretive about his birth certificate. There’s never been a more opaque administration — precisely the sort of thing to cause people to wonder just what in the hell they’re hiding. When you work for the people you owe them a certain amount of background information. Why are his college records still sealed? God knows we all had to hear about Bush’s grades for eight years.
A CNN poll found that 43 percent of Republicans believe the president is a Muslim, not a Christian.
He said the Islamic call to prayer is the prettiest sound he’s heard, he’s spent more time sticking a knife in Israel’s back to help Islamic nations than anyone other than Carter, and he bowed to the Saudi king. That’s all him, dude.
These are the same Republicans who desperately tried to cripple Obama in the 2008 election for being too close to his Christian minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Again, how was Obama supposed to bridge that divide?
“God DAMN America.” — Rev. Wright, among other quotes. Yeah, I can see how that could be a problem. That’s awful Christian of him.
Who could forget South Carolina GOP Rep. Joe Wilson screaming “You lie!” at Obama?
He was lying. Not only did Democrats say Bush lied, they had a chant about it.
How about Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R), who in fall 2008 described Obama, then the Democratic nominee for president, as “uppity”?
How would Lincoln or Roosevelt have dealt with racist nonsense on this scale?
The “lie” thing is racist? Or just “uppity”? Because I don’t buy into this claim that “uppity” is a racist term. It’s a term for someone acting like they’re better than the person using it. “Racist nonsense.” You’re the racist — if these people weren’t white, the criticism would be that they were “Uncle Toms” or race-traitors. Your attack depends on the race of the person you disagree with and that is racist.
Conservative writer Ann Coulter, a fervent Trump supporter, tweeted that Trump should deport Haley when he becomes president.
Oh no she made a joke Juan Williams didn’t like!
Democracy breaks down when one of the two political parties refuses to compromise or respect the twice-elected president, and throws a temper tantrum when its members don’t get their way.
Democracy breaks down when one of the two political parties refuses to compromise or respect the thrice-elected Congressional majorities, and throws a temper tantrum when its members don’t get their way.
See how that works? Because 2010, 2012, 2014 — Republicans held and grew majorities. And they can’t even withhold funds for Planned fucking Parenthood at the height of that controversy. Where’s the compromise from Democrats on that, or anything?
It is the fault of the leaders of the Republican Party who have let anger and extreme voices define their party.
That I’ll agree with. The leaders should have embraced what we wanted before we got so damned angry.
Juan Williams is one stupid git.