How a Lawless President Created Trump
Two weeks ago, I blamed a feckless Republican Party for creating the condition in which Donald Trump could win enough primaries to become the GOP’s presidential nominee. As I mentioned towards the end of that article, it would be intellectually dishonest to argue that a backstabbing Republican Party was solely responsible for Trump’s rise.
Equally as responsible for the situation we have today is President Obama. One cannot fully understand why Trump is so popular without considering the president’s failed policies, frequent usurpations of power, and disregard for the Constitution. For the last eight years, Obama has been “fundamentally transforming America” and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that the quality of life in America has gotten worse.
His most lauded legislative accomplishments, the Affordable Care Act and the Stimulus, have both been remarkable failures. Take, for example, the numerous health care exchanges that have failed under the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare has failed so thoroughly that the residents of Pinal County, Arizona, were about to go uninsured in 2017. The problem was “resolved” when Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona reversed its decision to leave Arizona’s health care exchange under the condition that it raise premiums by a whopping 51.2 percent. With Blue Cross Blue Shield’s decision to stay, Pinal County becomes one of the many counties to have only one insurer on the exchange. So much for competition to drive down prices, right?
Obama’s economic policies, like his legislative “accomplishments,” have been utter failures. No president since Herbert Hoover has finished serving in office without seeing at least one year of three-percent-plus real GDP growth. No president except for President Barack Obama, that is. But hey, Obama did bring the unemployment rate down, didn’t he? Well, he did, if you also consider it was under his presidency that 94.7 million Americans were out of the labor force.
As our chief-diplomat, Obama has soured relations with Russia and treated Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli people horribly. Be it his repeated foreign policy failures during the Arab Springs, his decision to pull out of Iraq prematurely and against the recommendation of his generals, his terrible deal with Iran and the subsequent $400 million ransom the United States paid, or his cold-shoulder to the rise of the former “JV team” known as ISIS and the continuing threat of Islamic terrorism, Obama’s track record in the Middle East has been as great as Hillary Clinton’s ethics.
Obama’s legacy is not confined to economic and foreign policy failures; his divisive rhetoric has set back race relations significantly. One poll indicates that nearly 60 percent of respondents believe that race relations are bad and 39 percent believe race relations are getting worse. Partly to blame for the worsening race relations is President Obama’s anti-cop rhetoric.
Evidently President Obama’s policies have been failures, but how about the behavior of his administration?
Consider the countless times the State Department has done something questionable. Be it Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, her dealings with the Clinton Foundation, or John Kerry’s remark that decreasing the usage of hydrofluorocarbons in products such as refrigerators and air conditioners is equally as important as defeating ISIS.
Or consider the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. Neither Lois Lerner, the former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, or John Koskinen, the current commissioner of the IRS, have faced any repercussions. Both have stonewalled investigations and, to date, no one has been held accountable for the federal government targeting groups based on their political ideologies.
How about the “Fast and Furious” scandal in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed firearm dealers to sell their firearms to illegal buyers in Mexico who then used those guns to kill countless people including US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry?
Let’s not forget the appalling treatment (or lack thereof, actually) the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides to our veterans. It is without doubt that VA Secretary Bob McDonald mirrored Obama’s treatment of veterans when he likened the wait times at the VA to those at Disneyland. This is especially sickening considering one report states that 307,000 veterans have died while waiting for treatment at the VA. It is without doubt that nearly every other department or agency within the Obama administration is marred with scandals; alas, life is short and I would rather devote the rest of my life to something more cheerful than listing the innumerable controversies the Obama administration has been involved in.
In instances where Obama has not gotten his way via legislation or some scandal, he has resorted to unconstitutional power grabs. One notable example of such a power grab is his issuance of a series of blatantly illegal executive orders concerning illegal immigrants. But don’t take my word for the legality of Obama’s unconstitutional actions, take his own. In a 2010 interview with Univision, Obama said he had not “fixed immigration” because he needed Congress to work with him. Specifically, Obama said, “I am president, I am not king. I can't do these things just by myself. We have a system of government that requires the Congress to work with the executive branch to make it happen.” I guess Obama was coronated on November 20, 2014, when he issued the now-infamous executive orders known as DACA and DAPA.
Obama’s assault on the Constitution has not stopped at Articles I and II. Obama has made himself a vocal opponent of the Second Amendment. Our president’s constant calls for gun control and his Supreme Court nominations have made clear that he does not believe in the individual right to keep and bear arms.
Having painted this picture of the worst presidency since that of Franklin Roosevelt’s, it comes as no surprise why Donald Trump would succeed. Combine the countless times the Republican Party has double-crossed conservatives with eight years of failed economic, foreign, and domestic policies, in addition to lawless behavior and an administration plagued with scandals, and it will be hard not to see why Trump has done so well.
As the argument was made in my last article about a traitorous GOP establishment, the same can be made about the Obama presidency. As evidenced above, the status quo is absolutely horrendous. So why blame voters for being dissatisfied with the status quo? Why did the two anti-establishment figures in the Republican Party, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, amass the most votes? Because the people were, and still are, sick and tired of a Republican Party that intermittently stands for conservative values and a president that will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Obama promised change and he delivered it. He fundamentally transformed America.
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