Many people get on my case for criticizing Barack Obama as much as I do. I have been called numerous names, a racist, a Republican idiot etc. Yes I describe myself as a Republican, but I am not loyal to one party. If Republicans do something I disagree with I say it, and same goes for Democrats. It is amazing how many people tune you out because they disagree with what you say, or just flat out refuse to believe you. Considering what the other side has to say does not exist anymore, it is a war of “Well (insert party here) did this and that is way worse than (insert party here)!
It is amazing to me how criticism of The President has changed from one President to another. In President George W. Bush’s second term in seemed that it was patriotic to criticize and disagree with him. It was cool to wish death on Bush, call him Hitler, a racist, say he planned 9/11 and so on and so on. Everyone banned together in a mutual hate for our President. The 24 hour news cycle would bash Bush left and right, Hollywood would, people on Facebook and Myspace. Yes Bush did a lot that I personally disagree with: The Patirot Act, The Iraq War, torture, and spending like a drunk sailor. Many democratic groups, Senators, and media personalities rallied to have Bush impeached for: Misleading congress and the American people about Iraq, Condoning the torture of prisoners, and authorization of illegal electronic surveillance. Funny how peoples opinion has changed. Now if you dare criticize Barack Obama you are deemed unpatriotic, and a racist. If you disagree with him people get so angry, like you are personally attacking them. The media puts Obama on a pedestal as a man who can do no wrong. People say “How dare you disrespect the office of The President of the United States!!!” Really??? Man Times are changing. Imagine if you called Obama Hitler or said that you wish death on Obama. Droves of people would be at your house in five seconds screaming for your head. Yet when you said the same things about Bush people would be applauding you as a patriot.
The double standard that Barack Obama has is so disgusting. Let’s look at a few examples, People wanted to impeach Bush over The Patriot Act. They said he had no right to spy on American people without a warrant. Funny enough just today an extension for The Patriot Act for another 4 years was signed by President Obama. The media says that Obama is a patriot and he is protecting our nation, and that Obama is doing the right thing extending The Patriot Act. Wait one man agrees with The Patriot Act and they want to impeach him, and another man agrees with The Patriot Act and they cheer him??? Another example is Guantanamo Bay, Obama ran a hard campaign against Gitmo saying that he would shut it down as if first act as President. Well he began too and then just went with status quo and kept it open. The media had little coverage about disagreeing with Obama. Shocker! Another attempt to impeach Bush was about condoning the torture of prisoners. People had rallies about this during the Bush administration. Where are all those protesters now? Under the Obama administration prisoners continue to be tortured, including an American solider who has not even been convicted of one crime in over a year. Yet, Bradley Manning has been tortured and forced to endure horrible conditions under the Obama administration. If that happen under Bush’s watch what do you think the reaction would have been? What about Bush illegal war in Iraq? He had horrible Intel and no he is not the brightest star in the sky, but at least he got congressional approval. Obama has been in Libya for over 60 days now without congressional approval and yet no one says anything. What about when everyone screamed murder when Bush went into Iraq? Many innocent people were killed yes women and children included. Well how about this little stat: Since Obama has been President he has authorized Over 200 Drone strikes over 1450 people have been killed. Some have been enemies, but many have been innocent civilians, Some attending funerals, some just sitting in school, and some just sitting in their homes. No one has screamed murder about this, the only people who have spoken out are the people who live in the areas being bombed. Who cares what they have to say anyway, they are all the way in another country. Funny how peoples tone changes, same policies, same horrible acts just a different man pushing the button.
What Obama ran against:
“I reject the Bush Administration’s claim that the President has plenary authority under the Constitution to detain U.S. citizens without charges as unlawful enemy combatants.” (Tell that to Bradley Manning)
“I was clear throughout this campaign and was clear throughout this transition that under my administration the United States does not torture,” (Look into Bradley Manning, and many detainees at Gitmo.)
“I will not raise taxes on citizens making less than $250,000 a year” (Look at the “Affordable Care Act”)
“I “will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.” (Never happened)
“I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies — they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.” (Never happened)
“I will repeal the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $250,000” (Backed down to pressure and extended the Bush Tax cuts for the rich)
Now you may think I am nitpicking quotes and playing Gotcha! Well that is not what I am going for. These are the main things that Obama ran on to get elected President. Many people voted for Obama because they thought he was going to End the wars, End the torture, repeal Bush policies, have a more transparent government. Non of this stuff has happened, he has kept many Bush policies that people wanted to Impeach Bush over and fueled hate towards Bush. People voted for him because they thought he was going to bring “Change” a different kind of President, an outsider. Someone who can relate to the people. Well buyer beware, what you have got here is just another Washington Politician, Keeping many of the same staff members from The Clinton and Bush administrations. Business as usual with same old, same old. What I hope for is for people to become more critical of this President like they were with Bush, ask the tough questions and stop giving him a free pass. Yea I get it you are the first black president, which I think is awesome no sarcasm. Now it’s time to stop fawning over him and start holding him accountable and stop giving away free passes from the media and the people.