Whether you like it or not, President Obama was a terrible President.
When Barack Obama was Senator for Illinois, he gave a speech that would change his political career forever. During the Democratic National Convention, he went on to say, ““There is not a liberal America and a conservative America. There is the United States of America. There is not a black America, a white America, a Latino America, an Asian America. There’s the United States of America.” From there on out, he became the most praised men in the U.S.
Candidate Obama gave many chilling speeches, but in a good way. A way that would lead the American voter to elect him. If it was because of his speaking skills, his ‘success’ as Senator, or both, it would lead him to be one of the worst Presidents in the history of the United States.
You’re most likely groaning or have clicked off, but hear me out. It’s not Nixon because he actually created the Environmental Protection Agency, or the EPA, he ended the draft if we ever went to war, and completely smashed the deficit. And it wasn’t Bush Jr. because he actually implemented the first federal ban on racial profiling and signed an executive order banning federal eminent domain seizures. Still, not the best.
But when you look at Obama, it’s as if his list exceeds the amount of devious acts and unconstitutionality any President has ever had. So, let’s begin.
President Obama made an effort to ensure the American people of trust and hopefulness. In simpler terms, he made many promises. Almost too many promises that would be too detrimental to the U.S. Out of his 533 campaign promises in both 2008 and 2012, he’s kept 258 which marks 48.4% of his promises.
The other 51.6% were promises broken.
Some of the promises broken were: enacting a universal healthcare system for the U.S (don’t even get me started). He promised to close down the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. He promised to ban all assault weapons, didn’t sign the Freedom of Choice Act, and last but not least, he said no family making less than $250,000 will see any tax increase”. Yeah, right.
He alienated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly and gambled with the future of Israel, one of our strongest allies, in senselessly granting billions to Iran with the nonsensical assurance they would not proceed in developing the nuclear weapon they continue to build to “wipe Israel off the map.”
He promised to take the U.S out of the recession and reduce the national deficit by 1/2 before he ended his first term in office but instead allowed it to double from $10T to $20T by his depleting incompetence, recklessly spending (which is what he did) waste, and ridiculous entitlements. 47% of our debt was accumulated during his two terms.
He claimed Mitt Romney “backed a bill that outlaws all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest.” While imprudently attacking his Republican opponent with a false accusation, Romney actually said the complete opposite.
That wasn’t the only mindless attack on the campaign trail. He claimed that three of his Republican opponents, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Newt Gringrich, would cut foreign aid to Israel to “$0”, but none of them said that.
He claimed that “We’ve got close to 7 million Americans who have access to health care for the first time because of Medicaid expansion.” Yeah, that’s under half of 7 million.
And apparently, “Under Gov. Romney’s definition … Donald Trump is a small business.” Politifact nailed it: Don’t hold your breath for those SBA loans, Mr. Trump.
But, what reigns them all (no pun intended) was the following quote: “My position hasn’t changed on using executive authority to address immigration issues.” Let’s set the record straight then. From “I’m president, not a king. I can’t do these things just by myself”, to “obliged to do everything I can” is a contradicting understatement from President Obama to say the absolute least.
I’m not sure how many times I’ll say this in my life, but DACA is unconstitutional, which leads me to my next point: his moral principles of unconstitutionality. Whether it was politically profiling by the IRS ( the IRS in 2010 compiled a “be on the lookout” (“BOLO”) list to identify organizations engaged in political activities. The list included words such as “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” and “Israel”) or his love for no due process on college campuses (“In 2013 the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, in conjunction with the Justice Department, sent the University of Montana a letter that became a national ‘blueprint’ for tackling sexual harassment. The letter urged a crackdown on unwelcome speech and requires complaints to be heard in quasi-judicial procedures that deny legal representation, encourage punishment before trial, and convict based on a mere ‘more likely than not’ standard”), he loved being an authoritarian contradictor and turning his presidency into a form of imperialism.
In June of 2014, the EPA introduced The Clean Power Plan, which would regulate power plant emissions. However, the EPA cites Section 111 of the Clean Air Act as OK for this Clean Power Plan, but that specific section can’t give the agency such authority to do so.
In most recent events, the argument of Net Neutrality and its repeal should end…due to its unconstitutionality. Yep, Net Neutrality is unconstitutional. In 2014, courts stopped the FCC’s 2010 self glorification under the 1934 Communications Act and 1996 Telecommunications Act, so the FCC doubled down by penning a new rule that likened the internet with telephony.
That interpretation let the FCC claim the sweeping discretion it had used to manage phone monopolies such as AT&T throughout the 1900s. Moreover, while the FCC proclaims the regulation as confirming that the internet contains no censorship, the rule infringes on the First Amendment rights of internet-service providers.
President Obama even banned words such as “jihad” and even “Islam”, when it was him that said “A dictator bans words”.
Of course during the time span between 2008-2016, I was completely clueless as to what Obama was doing. But Americans lived in a America filled with double standards and false pretexts daily.
I can only imagine.
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