There are people in this world who are immune to their own shortcomings; those people are politicians. Politicians live in a sugar-coated world; a world in which they themselves can have armed guards for the rest of their life, but the average American is left defenseless. They live out their fantasy, power lifestyle, dictating superfluous rules that they themselves avoid. When a decent, honest politician steps up to oppose such ridiculousness, they are branded an obstructionist; unwilling to compromise for the greater good. Unwilling to let collapse their moral fiber, they are hated. Those on the other side; the ones yelling “obstructionist,” are the true villains.
The mark of a dishonest politician is the ease with which they attribute their own shortcomings to their opponents. Barack Obama–perhaps tied with Slick Willy–is the best at this. Unmoved by the willingness to compromise on the part of House Republicans during the fiscal cliff deal, Obama barely budged, forcing a massive bend in Conservative principles. It would be one thing, perhaps, if the deal ended up helping the American people in the long run, but it merely serves to increase class hatred, already heated up by Obama during his first term.
In an interview for The New Republic, Obama said this: “If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it…I think John Boehner genuinely wanted to get a deal done, but it was hard to do in part because his caucus is more conservative probably than most Republican leaders are, and partly because he is vulnerable to attack for compromising Republican principles and working with Obama…the more left-leaning media outlets recognize that compromise is not a dirty word” [and that Democrat leaders are] “willing to buck the more absolutist-wing elements in our party to try to get stuff done.”
Following your laughter, take a step back and look at this statement.
1. Obama claims that it is the rebuking of Conservative news outlets that drives Republicans away from “compromising” with Democrats. It is the Democrats, specifically Obama himself, that refuse to budge, using their media friends to glorify themselves and rebuke their opponents. I’m fairly certain that $800 billion in tax hikes for “the rich” can be qualified as a Republican compromise, considering it will do nothing to secure our financial future, and only serves to cement Obama as Robin Hood in the eyes of the average, bell-curve voter.
2. John Boehner did want a deal. He was far too lenient in his compromise. When one side won’t bend at all, the other has to bend twice as far to “compromise.” Now, it seems Boehner is regretting his deal.
3. I don’t know how much to say about this last bit regarding the Liberal media loving compromise, and the Party leaders bucking the “absolutists,” because I’m pretty sure it’s not even close to the truth. If you’ve ever watched MSNBC, you’ll know that the “journalists” there practically drip venom from their fangs when they hear the word “Conservative.” And what, exactly, have Democrat leaders done to buck the absolutists in their party? Yeah, nothing comes to my mind either.
Barack Obama pins his own shortcomings on his opponents so elegantly that most low-information voters are completely unaware of his falsity. In classic propagandist form, he is painting Conservatives as the monsters, when everything he attributes to them describes himself and his own Party. So, if the yardstick with which you measure dishonesty is this reversal, I’d call Obama the “Propagandist President.” There are many other things I would call him as well, but I’ll leave that to your wild imaginations.