I regularly have conversations with Democrats who cannot successfully defend the president’s record. In fact, they don’t even try. It’s either an attack on Romney, usually without basis in fact, or it’s some lame excuse about Obama’s social record, if they even make that much of an effort.
I have these conversations quite frequently with one particular co-worker. We had a very intense debate recently, which I later realized epitomizes the logic of the typical Obama voter. I asked why he supported Obama over Romney. His first effort was to trash Romney, for everything from not paying enough taxes to killing jobs while at Bain Capital. I successfully debunked every charge he made against Romney, and once he ran out of ideas, he said that none of it mattered anyway, because he supported Obama’s social policies, and that was it.
So, I’m curious….is that really enough of a reason to support this president?
We’ve talked about Obama’s group of friends and associates until we’re blue in the face. Controversial figures like Bill Ayers, Frank Marshall Davis and Reverend Wright have come up for the past 4 years, but it doesn’t seem to have any affect. We’ve talked about Obama’s relationships with, or defense of, radical groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and the New Black Panther Party, yet supporters just don’t seem to care. I was always taught that the people we hang around with says a lot about the person we are. Does that not apply anymore? Does character even matter?
We’ve pointed out Obama’s socialist/Marxist/communist philosophies. We’ve pointed out his messages of class warfare, division and wealth distribution. We’ve pointed out his extreme views on abortion. It’s not enough.
What about the economy? Growth has been virtually stagnant through Obama’s entire term. Growth was slower this month than last month, and slower last month than the previous month. Unemployment is still around 8%, with real unemployment closer to 15%. Millions of Americans are underemployed. Houses are still under water. Gas and food prices are still up. We’ve reached $16 trillion of debt. Businesses are afraid to expand. The future is uncertain. Yet, millions of Americans still support this president.
What about health care? Insurance rates are going up – in my case, by 50%, in other cases, by 75% or 100%. Some companies are dropping coverage altogether. The Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable. Doctors are getting out of medicine. Reimbursement rates are dropping. The health care law is costing us over $1 trillion at this point, a number which grows consistently. Yet, Obama’s support in this election is still around 45-47%.
So here is my question to Obama voters: What will make you sit up and take notice?
Is it 18% unemployment? 25%?
Is it $5/gallon for gas? $10?
Is it 1 in 5 Americans on food stamps? One in 3? Food stamps for all?
Is it a completely decimated U.S. military?
Or are you completely satisfied with this president, economy and national defense be damned, just because he supports gay marriage and free birth control?