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The GOP Is Shredding Obama, But Here Are 11 Times They Said It Was Unpatriotic To Criticize The President


It might surprise Republicans, especially the GOP primary candidates, to learn that our military is deployed and engaging hostile enemies in both Iraq, against ISIS, and Afghanistan, against the Taliban and al-Qaeda. And if the Republicans have their way, we’ll end up deploying more “boots on the ground” throughout the Middle East to fight ISIS. What could possibly go wrong?

Either way, I’m old enough to remember when it was a Republican rule that we shouldn’t criticize the Commander-in-Chief while troops were in harm’s way. Here now, are 11 times when the GOP said it was unpatriotic to do exactly that:

1) “You don’t criticize the Commander-in-Chief in the middle of a firefight. That could be construed as putting U.S. forces in jeopardy and undermining morale.”

—Bill O’Reilly, 4/2004

2) “I’ve held this in long enough. I really suspect that these liberal tactics are damaging, maybe even killing the morale of our troops.”

—Rush Limbaugh, 6/14/07

3) “The only ideas that they espouse are ways to undermine the troops in harm’s way and undermine their Commander-in-Chief while they’re at war. Your candidates have no idea how to keep this economy strong.”

—Sean Hannity, 10/18/06

4) “He’s the Commander-in-Chief. And what I find frankly repugnant about you and some of your fellow Democrats – you have undermined our president…”

—Sean Hannity, 03/19/06

5) “You know, Norman, those comments while we are at war, while troops are in harm’s way, while he is the Commander-in-Chief, do you not see the outrage in that?”

—Sean Hannity, 11/12/07

6) “I have had it with members of your party undermining our troops, undermining a Commander-in-Chief while we are at war…”

—Sean Hannity, 11/05

7) “Can we do it without distorting their legacies and pandering to anti-American elites worldwide and using their deaths to embarrass and undermine our commander-in-chief?”

—Michelle Malkin, 11/23/05

8) “On the other hand, if Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat Congress are successful in undermining the Commander-in-Chief (thereby emboldening the terrorists to kill more Americans in Iraq)…”

—Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, 04/11/07

9) “And furthermore, one of the fundamental principles we have in America is that the president is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and attempts to undermine the Commander-in-Chief during time of war amounts to treason.”

—Pat Robertson, 12/07/05

10) “While young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrats’ manic obsession to bring down our Commander-in-Chief.”

—Zell Miller, Republican National Convention, 9/01/04

11) “Through their relentless, vicious attacks on Bush, they systematically undermined the public’s confidence in the war and our ability to optimally wage it.”

—Conservative Columnist David Limbaugh

And yet they’re doing it now. Likewise, they’ve done it throughout the Obama years — proving that it’s okay if you’re a Republican. In this case, the rule should be revised to read: “Don’t criticize the white Republican Commander-in-Chief, but if he happens to be a black Democrat, we should relentlessly destroy him! Screw the troops!”

Indeed, the Republicans are only truly patriotic when it’s both convenient and politically expedient.

(And for the record, I believe it’s okay to criticize the president regardless of party affiliation or troop deployment.)


Obama Reveals His Favorite Anti-Obama Conspiracy Theory




Obama didn’t mention the U.S. Army exercise by name in an interview with former ESPNer Bill Simmons published in GQ this week. But when Simmons asked the President what he thought was the most entertaining conspiracy theory about himself, it was clear that Obama was having a laugh at the internet rumors surrounding “Jade Helm 15” that riled some southern states, particularly Texas, earlier this year.

“That military exercises we were doing in Texas were designed to begin martial law so that I could usurp the Constitution and stay in power longer,” he told Simmons. “Anybody who thinks I could get away with telling Michelle I’m going to be president any longer than eight years does not know my wife.”



When Republicans Say Obama Isn’t Fighting ISIS, Show Them This (VIDEO/IMAGES)


To hear Republicans tell it, you would think President Obama is twiddling his thumbs while ISIS threatens the Middle East. Writing in Politico, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio pushed this false message:

While he dithers, ISIL is diligently forcing its way across the borders of the Middle East—expanding beyond Syria and Iraq, now into Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan and even nuclear-capable Pakistan. It is threatening to advance into Saudi Arabia and Jordan, and in recent weeks has launched attacks into the Sinai, Beirut and, as we saw on Friday, into the heart of Europe.

Rubio is joined in his complaint by other leading Republicans like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and John McCain. These men have all accused President Obama of being asleep at the wheel in the fight against terrorists, and have increased their complaints after the terrorist attack in Paris.

In reality, the American military has been bombarding ISIS since August of 2014 in a military operation dubbed Operation Inherent Resolve.

According to the Department of Defense, since the launch of Inherent Resolve, the coalition led by American fighter pilots has made 8,125 air strikes against ISIS targets – 5,321 in Iraq and 2,804 in Syria. While the bulk of the bombing has been done by America, partners that have contributed forces include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the UK and the United Arab Emirates.

As of October 31, we have made those airstrikes to the tune of $5 billion, with an average daily cost of $11 million.

While Republicans and conservatives continue to ignore the work of American airmen in fighting ISIS, they continue to fire away at these murderous groups. Here is a video compilation of U.S. air strikes against ISIS over the course of Inherent Resolve:

The coalition has even broken down just what kind of assets of ISIS have been destroyed in the ongoing bombing campaign:


So when they say nothing is being done it is flat-out false, and even worse its an insult to the fighter pilots and the vast network of military support staff backing up their mission.

Obama torches GOP on Syrian refugees: ‘Now they are scared of 3-year-old orphans’


Barack Obama speaks at the G20 Summit in Atalya, Turkey | Getty


President Barack Obama is taking an even harsher tone against governors and lawmakers who want to stop the U.S. resettlement of Syrian refugees, blasting them for being “scared of widows and orphans” while playing into the hands of the Islamic State terrorist group.

“We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic. We don’t make good decisions if its based on hysteria or an exaggeration of risks,” Obama said while visiting the Philippines for an economic summit. “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric that’s been coming out of here during the course of this debate.”

“ISIL seeks to exploit the idea that there is a war between Islam and the West,” he continued. “And when you start seeing individuals in positions of responsibility suggesting that Christians are more worthy of protection than Muslims are in a war-torn land, that feeds the ISIL narrative. It’s counterproductive, and it needs to stop.”

In the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris, more than half of U.S. governors, most of them Republican, have said they don’t want refugees resettled in their states. House Republican leaders also are looking at legislation designed to stop the Obama administration from resettling up to 10,000 Syrian refugees next year. Several GOP presidential contenders have also slammed the idea of letting Syrians in, while some have suggested only letting in those who are Christian.

The White House on Tuesday began pushing back against the GOP-led narrative, holdings calls with governors and reporters as well as briefing lawmakers about the stringent security screening involved before refugees are admitted to the United States. A White House readout of a conference call with governors said it lasted 90 minutes and included 34 governors representing both parties.

“Several governors expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to better understand the process and have their issues addressed directly by representatives of the agencies responsible for the refugee and screening programs,” according to the White House statement. “Others encouraged further communication to ensure that governors are able to better respond to questions from the public about the refugee screening and resettlement process.”

Several Democratic senators, including likely incoming Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, also expressed qualms about accepting the refugees ahead of a Wednesday briefing by administration officials. “We’re waiting for the briefing tomorrow. A pause may be necessary,” Schumer told reporters Tuesday. “We’re going to look at it.”

Obama has repeatedly said ensuring the safety of U.S. citizens remains a top priority when it comes to vetting those who enter the country. But he appears unusually frustrated by the fury over refugees who face terror and destruction in Syria. Earlier this week he expressed anger over the idea of admitting refugees based on religion — as proposed by GOP presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz, among others — and he reiterated that sentiment in his latest comments in Manila, where it was Wednesday morning.

“When individuals say we should have a religious test and that only Christians, proven Christians should be admitted, that’s offensive,” he said.

The president also noted that many of the same people who have suggested stopping refugees from coming to the United States also claim they themselves are tough enough to stare down Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Apparently they’re scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America as part of our tradition of compassion,” Obama said. “At first they were worried about the press being too tough on them in during debates. Now they’re worried about three-year-old orphans. That doesn’t sound very tough to me.”

The president’s comments appear to be a reference to remarks by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday: “I don’t think orphans under 5 are being, you know, should be admitted into the United States at this point. But you know, they have no family here. How are we going to care for these folks?”


Obama Destroys Trump’s Immigration Plan, Slams Right-Wing Hate (VIDEO)


President Obama doesn’t think much of Donald Trump’s bizarre plan to forcibly remove 11 million undocumented immigrants from the country.

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos for This Week, Obama both took Trump to task for his idea and touched on the nativist motivations that have made anti-immigrant sentiment such a powerful tool within the Republican Party.

Obama made clear to ABC where he stood, noting, ”The notion we’re going to deport 11, 12 million people from this country … first of all, I’ve no idea where Mr. Trump thinks the money’s going to come from, it would cost us hundreds of billions of dollars to execute that.”

The President also discussed just how devastating Trump’s plan, modeled after an Eisenhower era plan called “Operation Wetback” would be for America’s image around the world: “Imagine the images on the screen flashed around the world, as we were dragging parents away from their children and putting them in, what, detention centers, and then systematically sending them out. Nobody thinks that that is realistic. But more importantly, that’s not who we are as Americans.”

Yet Trump’s rhetoric clearly resonates with some portion of the Republican base. He has led in the polls for months, and anti-immigrant positions in varying degrees are held by all the major Republican presidential candidates, while immigrant-bashing is a part of the life blood of right-wing radio and Fox News.

Stephanopoulos asked Obama, “What do you think when you hear people cheer for that?”

In response Obama noted that, “There’s always been a strange of anti-immigrant sentiment in America,” and pointed out that the source of such feelings has ironically often come from people who were one, two generations back “immigrants themselves.”

Obama has now spent nearly six years as the leader of the most important country in the world, and knows that his actions have ripple effects, both in country and around the world. He noted that when it comes to those hateful feelings, “It’s the job of leaders not to play into that sentiment.”

Unfortunately, a full-on blast from Obama against Trump’s plan will probably help him shore up support among the Republican base, who’s motivating factor has most often been expressed in opposing everything Obama supports, political reality and consequences be damned.

So not only has Obama given the right a tongue-lashing, he’s given them motivation to be even less electable.

In Huge Win For Environmentalists, Obama Rejects The Keystone XL Pipeline



People have marched and chanted, zip tied themselves to the White House fence, gotten arrested and carried a huge inflatable pipeline through the streets of D.C. They’ve sued, held vigils, and rode door-to-door on horseback, all in opposition to a massive tar sands pipeline.

Now, the six-year fight over that pipeline is finally coming to an end.

President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline Friday morning after a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry. Obama said Friday that the State Department, in its final Environmental Impact Statement, found that the pipeline would not be in the country’s national interest. “I agree with that decision,” he said.

Obama discussed three State Department findings on the pipeline Friday. The pipeline, Obama said, would not “make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy.”

“If Congress is serious about wanting to create jobs, this was not the way to do it,” Obama said. Instead, Congress should pass a “bipartisan infrastructure” that would create more jobs than Keystone XL would, the president said. If approved, the pipeline was projected to create only around 35 permanent jobs.

The pipeline also wouldn’t lower gas prices, the president said. And “shipping dirtier crude oil into our county would not increase America’s energy security,” he said.

“What has increased America’s energy security is our strategy over the past several years to reduce our reliance on dirty fossil fuels from unstable parts of the world,” he said.

The country must transition to a clean energy economy — something it’s already succeeding at doing, Obama continued. America also needs to continue to be a leader in climate action — and approving the pipeline would have “undermined” that leadership.

“The time to act is now. Not later, not someday, right here, right now,” Obama said.

In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the State Department also found the following when it reviewed the pipeline proposal: its construction “raises a range of concerns about the impact on local communities, water supplies, and cultural heritage sites,” and it would “facilitate transportation into our country of a particularly dirty source of fuel.”

“The critical factor in my determination was this: moving forward with this project would significantly undermine our ability to continue leading the world in combating climate change,” Kerry said in a statement. “I am also convinced that public arguments for and against the pipeline have, to some extent, been overstated. Our analysis makes it clear that the Keystone XL pipeline would not be the economic driver it is heralded to be.”

The State Department’s final EIS was the last step in the Keystone XL process — Obama had been waiting on the agency to release the report before he made a decision on the pipeline. The State Department’s final report took into account millions of comments from Americans.

“Decades of science prove beyond any reasonable doubt that human activity is a direct cause of the rising seas, increasing temperatures, and intensifying storms threatening our planet – and the window of opportunity for action to prevent the worst impacts of climate change is closing quickly. I have seen the world try and fail to address this threat for decades,” Kerry said. “Today, the need for American leadership to combat climate change has never been greater, and we must answer the call. The United States cannot ask other nations to make tough choices to address climate change if we are unwilling to make them ourselves. Denying the Keystone XL pipeline is one of those tough choices – but it is the right decision, for America and the world.”

The announcement comes during a week full of news for the controversial tar sands pipeline. TransCanada, the company in charge of the pipeline, asked the State Department Monday to suspend the review process for the pipeline while its route was evaluated in Nebraska. The State Department rejected that request, which was largely seen as an effort to push the pipeline decision on to a potentially less climate-friendly administration, later in the week.

“This is a big win. President Obama’s decision to reject Keystone XL because of its impact on the climate is nothing short of historic — and sets an important precedent that should send shockwaves through the fossil fuel industry,” Executive Director May Boeve said in a statement.

Keystone XL has become a rallying point for environmentalists. The pipeline would have carried crude oil from the tar sands region of Alberta — a type of oil that’s heavily carbon-intensive. If constructed, the oil the pipeline would have carried would have been responsible for 181 million metric tons of carbon emissions every year. — more than 37.7 million cars or 51 coal plants. The carbon-intensity of the fuel was one of the main reasons environmentalists called on the president to reject the pipeline: America, if it’s looking for energy independence, shouldn’t rely on dirty oil from Canada, but instead should invest in renewables, they said.

Obama’s rejection of the pipeline also helps solidify his climate legacy. The president has made acting on climate a major part of his second term, and many environmentalists said that the approval of the pipeline would have undermined the work the administration has done so far on climate.

“Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline is a victory for the planet, for the health and well-being of the communities along the pipeline route, and for future generations to come,” Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune said in a statement. “It also demonstrates the power of the millions of people who raised their voices in opposition to the pipeline, and of the growing movement to end our dependence on dirty fossil fuels. Now, instead of building a pipeline that cuts our country in two, we are free to invest in clean energy that creates jobs and brings our country together.”

UPDATE NOV 6, 2015 6:35 PM

A previous version of this story listed Michael Brune as the executive director of He is the executive director of the Sierra Club. ThinkProgress regrets the error.


The White House ENDS Chris Christie For Saying Obama Doesn’t Support Cops (VIDEO)

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Chris Christie just doesn’t know how to pick his battles. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he verbally attacked the President and falsely stated that Obama doesn’t support the police – a ridiculous assertion. Here is what he said, in part:

“We have liberal policies that tie the hands behind the backs of police officers and then when incidents happen, accuse them of misconduct first and then do the investigation later. And you’ve got a president of the United States who does not support law enforcement. Simply doesn’t.”

When the comments were brought up at the White House’s press briefing, here is how Press Secretary Josh Earnest responded:

Q: New Jersey’s governor has spent the morning on television railing against the President for taking credit for things he didn’t do and repeating his claim that the President is insufficiently supportive of law enforcement. Do you have any reactions to his comments?

EARNEST: I’ve noted before that Governor Christie’s comments in this regard have been particularly irresponsible, but not surprising for somebody whose poll numbers are closer to an asterisk than they are double digits.


Didn’t take much to swat Chris Christie down like the little fly that he is. The best part? Every bit of it was true, unlike the Governor’s asinine assertion. In fact, the latest national poll has him only taking 1% of the vote. He’s not even close to double digits. The White House could have easily revised their statement to say “closer to an asterisk than they are to single digits.” He’s been hitting similar low polling numbers for some time now. That’s a big problem – for him that is. The next Republican debate on Fox Business is only a week away, and that means he won’t make it on the big stage – he’ll be forced to participate in the kiddie debate with the other low polling candidates. Maybe that’s why he’s thinking he has nothing to lose by going after Obama. Makes sense.

Still, despite all of this, Chris Christie thinks he is going to be President. Just a few days ago he oddly stated that he had no doubt in his mind he’d be elected. What’s this guy smoking?

Obama Explains The Problem With ‘All Lives Matter’



Many politicians have taken up the rallying cry of “all lives matter” to criticize the Black Lives Matter movement for focusing on specific injustices done to African Americans. During a criminal justice panel discussion with Police Chief Charlie Beck of the LAPD and Editor-in-Chief Bill Keller of the Marshall Project on Thursday afternoon, President Barack Obama took on that claim and explained why “black lives matter” is an important statement.

“I think the reason that the organizers used the phrase “black lives matter” was not because they were suggesting nobody else’s lives matter,” he said. “What they were suggesting was, there is a specific problem that is happening in the African-American community that’s not happening in other communities. And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”

But the meaning of the phrase has been perverted by media pundits and some members of law enforcement, who argue that it is inflammatory rhetoric. The phrases “all lives matter” and “blue lives matter” sprang up in direct response to activists who have mobilized against police brutality and attacks on black lives.

“It started being lifted up as ‘these folks are opposed to police, and they’re opposed to cops, and all lives matter.’ So the notion was somehow saying black lives matter was reverse racism, or suggesting other people’s lives didn’t matter or police officers’ lives didn’t matter,” he said.

Obama then pointed out that saying “black lives matter” is not about reducing the importance of other groups.

“I think everybody understands all lives matter. Everybody wants strong, effective law enforcement. Everybody wants their kids to be safe when they’re walking to school. Nobody wants to see police officers, who are doing their jobs fairly, hurt,” he continued.

Today, black lives matter is not just a rallying cry. Due to activists’ efforts to elevate the conversation about police brutality against black communities, the conversation has become a main talking point in the 2015-2016 election cycle. During the first Democratic debate, candidates were asked, “do black lives matter or do all lives matter?”

Carimah Townes

These Florida Tea Partiers plan to set up a secret vigilante court to arrest — and possibly execute — Obama

Pat Wayman and Steven R. Fields (Facebook)

Pat Wayman and Steven R. Fields (Facebook)

Duh…not much of a secret now.

It’s always the tea partiers (I resisted the urge to type “tea baggers”) with the wildest ideas on how to eradicate a sitting United States President and leader of the Free World…(ks)


A Florida county is considering changes to its charter review board after two elected members have focused on punishing political enemies through extralegal tactics instead of government business.

The Sarasota County charter review board typically proposes minor changes to the county charter when they meet three times a year, but critics say two of its members — Pat Wayman and Steven R. Fields — have been using their positions to usurp authority from other elected officials, reported the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The pair have voted to establish a “people’s common law grand jury,” which sovereign citizens and other anti-government extremists have proposed to investigate and prosecute government officials for treason — which, as they frequently point out, carries a potential death penalty.

“Take a look at the French Revolution and what took place there,” said Mike Bolam, who has attended charter review board meetings to support the common law grand juries.

The board voted 4-4 in May to study a proposal by Rodger Dowdell, a Tea Party activist who denies being a sovereign citizen but, nonetheless, spouts sovereign citizen rhetoric.

“Grand jury powers come from God,” Dowdell said, advocating a return to the post-Revolution legal system where there were no police departments and judges rode horseback to hear cases brought by groups of 25 citizens.

Most importantly, he told the Herald-Tribune, those rulings would be kept out of reach of presidential and even U.S. Supreme Court authority.

“A people’s common law grand jury can, without any probable cause, go into any nook or cranny of government — local, state or federal — research anything that’s going on and root out corruption,” Dowdell said. “We want to government to recognize the contract we call the constitution, and start obeying the law. It’s very simple.”

His proposal failed due to the tie vote.

Tea Party activists have been trying to set up common law grand juries, which don’t actually carry any legal authority, for years in hopes of convicting — and hanging — President Barack Obama for treason.

Dowdell, state coordinator of the right-wing National Liberty Alliance, claims a common law grand jury was already operating in Manatee County, Florida, but he offered no proof.

“I can’t talk about it,” he said. “Everything is secret. In order to keep innocents who may be investigated from being damaged, whatever a grand jury does is secret.”

Wayman, the charter board member, posted a petition Oct. 12 on her Facebook pagecalling for Obama’s arrest on murder and treason charges, and she has also posted videos questioning whether mass shootings were staged in Sandy Hook and Oregon.

She also promotes the pro-gun extremist III Percent group and warns against a United Nations takeover of the United States through its non-binding Agenda 21 agreement.

Fields, the other charter board member, expresses conservative political views that are a bit more mainstream — with posts expressing his love for guns, law enforcement, the military, Glenn Beck, Andrew Breitbart and Ronald Reagan — but he also voted for Dowdell’s measure.

“If someone brings an idea that we can do, that’s something we should take a look at,” Fields said. “I’ve seen the federal government grabbing more rights away from people. They bribe states into federal control. The Charter Review Board should not be acting like the County Commission and protecting the status quo. And I don’t think (the people’s common law grand jury) has anything to do with sovereign citizens.”

The other members of the board are also unaware of the links between common law grand juries and the sovereign citizen movement — which federal authorities consider a domestic terrorist threat.

“That’s the antithesis of what I’m all about,” said Donna Barcomb, the Republican chairwoman of the charter review board, told the Herald-Tribune. “I don’t think board knew anything about that concept. It was a group of individuals who presented a concept to the board. That’s what the Charter Review Board does — not leaning one way or another. Frequently, the board will look at something and determine if it’s appropriate or in the best interests of the county. For the most part, and I include myself in this, we’re completely ignorant about the concepts.”

She said the charter board could recommend a ballot initiative that would put Sarasota County in line with all other Florida counties, which appoint charter board members instead of electing them.

However, just about 200 miles north, sovereign citizens are threatening to arrest or physically harm elected officials in Dixie County, Florida — where a Tea Party activist was arrested after trying to turn a legitimate jury into a common law grand jury.

“I’m getting harassing emails and threatening faxes saying they’re going to arrest me,” said Dana Johnson, the clerk of courts, told the Herald-Tribune. “This one says they want info on bonds and oaths. There are further demands. I’m concerned about my safety. The local sheriff has alerted (the Florida Department of Law Enforcement) and the FBI. Anytime they come up on our public agenda we have security with us at all times.”

Terry Trussell, who helped organize the failed Operation American Spring rally to drive Obama from office, has been charged with 14 counts of impersonating court officials.

“Once Trussell got selected to serve on a legitimate grand jury, it became the perfect storm,” Johnson said. “From that point, he’s taken it on his own authority to create a sovereign citizen board of common law grand jurors. I am constantly scared.”

The Dixie County sheriff, who said he’s known Trussell all his life and is acquainted with Dowdell, said the anti-government activists had asked him to help with their indictments.

“I said any order has to be signed by a judge — whether it’s a warrant or whatever — it’s got to be a legal court document,” said Sheriff Dewey Hatcher. “They ‘indicted’ everyone from the governor and (Attorney General) Pam Bondi on down to the president of our school board, and they said the school board attorney should be fired.”

The sheriff said he has not arrested anyone in connection with those indictments.

H/t: DB

The GOP Is Crying Over This Latest Fact That’s Been Released About Obama’s Presidency


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Though Constitutionally prohibited from running for a third term, President Obama’s days of campaigning and giving stump speeches are far from over. The President has recently found himself working to ensure the 2016 election of Democrats to the House, Senate and Presidency, and thereby help to preserve his most excellent legacy.

Speaking recently at a fundraiser for the DCCC, DSCC, and DNC, the President had disparaging words about the current state of the Republican Party, as well as dire predictions for the future of our United States should the GOP take back the oval office. Obama acknowledged that despite the administration’s many successes with the economy people still suffer from economic anxiety due the stagnation of wages and income.

When people are forced to worry about each dollar, he conceded, “The politics of fear oftentimes can override the politics of hope.” Though not directly referencing the candidacy of Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner, Obama explained that anxiety of this type of character often leads to an anti-immigrant sentiment, as well as “in cheap jingoism and militarism and nationalism that’s not grounded in our national security interests. And it’s a dangerous path.”

Despite admitting that he was never an intrinsically partisan politician, Obama made it clear that the current choice for the election in 2016 couldn’t be more stark. Stating that facts, evidence, and values were all on the side of the Democrats, the President then offered his harshest indictment of the current state of the Republican Party:

“The other side has gone off the deep end. And what you’re witnessing in the House fight right now is that even deeply conservative folks are not considered ideologically pure enough and we would rather burn the House down than admit the possibility of democratic process that requires compromise.”

Obama stressed that the time had come for anyone who supported his administration to work harder than they had ever. The alternative would be to let the GOP, and their anti-change agenda to dominate the polls the way they did in 2010 and 2012. And the consequences of that would be devastating, not just for the country, but also for planet as a whole. The opportunity to cement the progress of his administration is now, the president said.

“If you let it pass, then you’ve got people in charge who don’t believe in climate change. So I feel as much urgency about this upcoming election as I’ve felt about any election, and I am not on the ballot.”

Summing up, his concern for the nation, Obama finished with this:

“I definitely need a Democratic successor because the alternatives we’ve got are not what I had in mind.”

Will Brendza