If We Want Unity, Barack Obama Has to Go Away

If you loathe President Trump's childish petulance but pretend it isn't Obama's defining characteristic, you're a fraud.

These days I find myself less inclined to bicker over politics than ever before. I truly and honestly want to find as many points of agreement, points of unity, and common ground as possible with my fellow countrymen. It may seem counterintuitive then that I don’t feel overly inclined to defend President Trump when he’s maligned by the left. Some of it is unfair, to be sure. But finding common ground means I also have to be intellectually honest enough to realize that President Trump thrives on controversy, so he intentionally provokes it. No one can look at his conduct, his word choice, his Twitter feed, and come to any other conclusion than Trump stokes the fire because he loves the fight. Some on the right may be convinced that is the best way forward for our extraordinarily divided country. I am not.

But the only way I can be right is if there are folks whose politics runs counter to mine, that is, those on the political left, who are willing to renounce the voices of division on their own side as well. This can’t be a one-way admission of needless division. That’s largely how we got Trump in the first place. The reason so many on the right are thrilled with Trump is because they feel as though they have been subjected to left wing Trumps for years, and now the real Trump is giving the left a taste of their own medicine.

I’m of the belief that Presidents who seek to pit one group of Americans against another based on ideological or philosophical differences are a danger to the thinning moral fabric of our republic. Certainly not everyone will agree on everything, and anyone in leadership will have to take positions on issues that will be opposed by a significant portion of the population. But taking such positions doesn’t require sticking one’s finger in the eye of those who disagree or portraying them as buffoons, immature, or evil.

So it’s long past time for honest brokers on the left to disavow such conduct, and cut ties with those who indulge in it regularly. Like Barack Obama. If it’s unhelpful when Trump does it, it is unhelpful when Obama does it. And he does it. All. The. Time.

Most recently:

“The reason we don't” invest in climate change policies “is because we are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism — mommy issues.”

“I mean, we — we are we are fraught with stuff,” Obama continued, “And — and so if that’s the case then the single most important thing that we have to invest in is not all — and look I’m a huge supporter of science and technological research and social science and, you know, evidence-based learning and all that good stuff. I’m — I’m — people call me Spock for a reason, I believe in reason and logic and all these enlightenment values, but the thing that really we have to invest in is people. We got to get people to figure out how they work together — in a — you know, how do we get people to work together in a cooperative, thoughtful, constructive way."

At some point, liberals of good conscience have to repudiate this doublespeak. You can’t call for people to work together in a cooperative and constructive way after you just got done accusing them of being racist, angry haters with mommy issues. It’s a joke. And honest liberals should not overlook it if they despise the same conduct in Trump. Obama wasn’t done, either:

“I was having a conversation with a friend, who was depressed about the current course of our country — it’s a conversation that happens a lot,” Obama said later. “I had to remind him that this is what happens. Societies are these incredibly complex, organic things that sometimes moves forward and sometimes takes a step back.”

The smugness here is glaring to those willing to see it. Obama is saying that anyone who opposed his policies has contributed to taking society backwards. Say you don’t agree with them. Point out why you think they’re wrong. Warn of what you see as the consequences for abandoning your agenda. But pompously declaring that those who disagree with you are societal reprobates is dangerously divisive and explains so much about why we are where we are today.

Trump is a divider. Obama is a divider. If we want to be united, either they need to repent and change, or we need to be done with them.

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TimCooper
TimCooper

Obama the great uniter LOL....

MistyBat
MistyBat

You know who doesn't mind having Barack Obama around? The Bush family. They invited him; he visited bedridden "Poppy" in Houston on Tuesday.

Veritasenvitas
Veritasenvitas

Please stop with the fake moral equivalency! Obama was presidential, had gravitas and the only reason he "divided" people was the Right's intolerance for a black man as president. I typically don't take the approach that if you hated Obama you were a racist but I think it really was a factor! Please stop equating Trumps constant trolling of the American people with Obama's sober, thoughtful, liberal policies and pronouncements. He hacked you conservatives off just by being president. He didn't take to twitter to own the conservatives. He was more presidential and had more gravitas in his little finger than Mr Trump. The fact is that just existing Mr Obama pissed you conservatives off, not by actually being divisive.

Shafer
Shafer

I quit reading the moment I read the phrase "honest brokers on the left?" Do such beings exist in your world? They certainly don't in mine.

Conservative Shrink
Conservative Shrink

And herein lies the problem. Both sides have guns pointed at each other, promising they will lay down there weapon if the opponent lays theirs down first. The only way this works is for both sides to lay then down at the same time as Peter was mentioning.

If the public would talk more to people in their communities rather than allowing political news to run their lives, it would take down the temperature quite a bit. The politicians, social media, & press aren't going to stop because the public gives them a market. Do what you want, but I'm going to take a break from social media and getting worked up over news that won't impact me as much as that in my community. Overall, I think people around me are decent even though we disagree politically. I figure change can start with me individually.