- Posted February 1, 2014 by
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Conservatives Believe, Democrats See President Obama As the Messiah? No. But Maybe Moses
We never have. Nor do we.
But that doesn’t stop conservatives from CNN’s iReport, Republicanland, FOX News, or radio talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck from claiming that we do.
The political Right refers to Obama as “the Left’s Messiah”- a name term often used by conservatives being snarky. Why do they believe Obama should be infallible? Was George W. Bush?
A conservative’s comment from my most recent post,” No "Offsets" for Sen. Ted Cruz's Government Shutdown but GOP Needs Offsets for Extending Unemployment?” stated that:
“Liberty, the only person stealing money from the country is your messiah, Obama- using my tax payer money to fund endless unemployment benefits for people who are working the system to their benefit.
If you cannot find a job after 12 federal unemployment extensions then you are not fit to be hired anyways. Or, more likely, you are a lazy liberal pot smoker living in your mother’s basement.”
I would suggest to my conservative ‘friends’ that they read more before they opine on what they don’t fully understand as demonstrated by these types of remarks. And there are plenty of these remarks coming from conservatives these days.
P. J. O’Rourke said, “No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power”.
And yet conservatives want to claim that Obama is the source of the division.
For 'the party of personal responsibility' they sure don't like to take responsibility for what they do and their failed policies.
Republicans won't admit that the cause for our debt is due to the fundamental changes started by Reagan. We haven't done much to curb those changes since then. In fact, Republicans have doubled down and spend more on military while cutting more domestically.
We used to be number one in many important areas, and thanks to GOP policies we aren't number one in anything except military spending and prisoners.
Liberals don’t worship at the “Altar of Obama”. Yet, we understand that those remarks are just part of the politics we’re all involved in- not left vs. right but right vs. wrong.
The right tries to minimize progressive ideals as much as possible- to minimize what we have done to make people’s lives better. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, desegregation, civil rights, minimum wage, early childhood education and public education are just a few examples of programs Democrats have forwarded over the continuous opposition of the conservatives and GOP.
For conservatives to look squarely into the face of the liberal ideals and programs that have furthered human rights, worker’s rights and civil rights, and find the validity of equal opportunity of these principles, they would need to confront their own shortcomings as an ideological party of greed and the love of power.
Their own self-serving interests are best addressed with their policies of social Darwinism.
There are many names for the policies that Republicans disguise as being in the ‘best interests of our country’. They refer to their survival of the fittest mindset in euphemistic terms such as laissez-faire capitalism or just plain capitalism. And yet they want to claim that Obama is the source of the division. For 'the party of personal responsibility', conservatives surely don't like to take responsibility for what they do and their failed policies.
President Obama came into office at a time when the country war mired in two separate unfunded wars; where the country was on the verge of a second great depression; where America's reputation in the world was in the toilet thanks to the Bush administration; where Osama bin Laden was living comfortably without fear of being brought to justice; where 2 out of the big 3 car makers were nearly belly up and healthcare costs were spiraling out of control.
The Clinton budget surpluses had long ago been squandered away. Unemployment stood at 7.8% .
The stock market had lost nearly 25% since Bush had been installed by the supreme court.
Now the stock market sits at all time highs, GM & Chrysler are still in business along with the millions of jobs that are connected to them. Obama’s ended the war in Iraq and we’ll be done in Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
The budget deficits have been going down year after year, unemployment is now down to 7%, Osama Bin Laden was brought to justice and respect for America has been restored.
For the first time in America's history, we have the beginnings of a national healthcare system, minus a true public option- a compromise made necessary by Republicans and some conservative Democrats.
Not a bad record at all. No wonder conservatives call Obama the Messiah.
The best that the republicans can come up with is that Obama should have cleaned up their mess faster.
Since George W. Bush clearly did such a great job with the economy, why is it that conservatives didn't feature him prominently in the GOP conventions in either 2008 or 2012? But the problems that persist in our economy in 2014 are all Obama’s fault?
Liberals would be glad to make an exemption to that pesky old 2 terms amendment and let him run again in 2016. Any takers? Bush vs. Clinton?
So Obama is like Jesus to Liberals, eh? That would depend on what definition and traits you attribute to the Messiah. Are we talking about the “Supply-side Jesus” conservatives believe in or the Jesus that did not charge people for healing them and fed the poor for free?
Would the Messiah have supported food stamps and universal healthcare? The GOP believes the poor will be helped by the charity of the rich. So how’s that working out? Have they offered their workers more in pay or medical coverage through their generosity? Hardly.
As President, it's very difficult when the expectations for you are very high. You're almost better off when they are low and then they rise and rise. But when people’s needs are great, some expect more than is humanly possible. This fact alone should be proof that Obama’s not the Messiah. Were he, he could have feed the masses without Congress’s help or approval.
No, liberals have never believed that President Obama was the Alpha and the Omega..or his son incarnate.
But maybe, Obama is more like Moses. Moses delivered the Jewish people from the slavery of the Egyptian Pharaoh. He took his people out of bondage and servitude and freed them before leading them to the Promised Land across the Jordan River.
Moses never crossed the River into the Promised Land because he angered God. But he did manage to get his people to Israel after many tribulations in the wilderness.
Delivering us from slavery and the ugly servitude may ultimately be President Obama’s Legacy.
Obama’s approval poor job rating in part because of Liberals thinking he’s too conservative:
Do conservatives believe President Obama should have been some kind of messiah?
Was Jesus a Socialist or a Capitalist?