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Obama vs. the American Majority

Jedediah Bila

By Jedediah Bila

Did you ever dream about having a president whose stand on key issues would be notoriously at odds with the will of the American majority?

No? Well, you got one anyway.

According to Rasmussen on August 11, 30% of likely voters feel that the country is heading in the right direction. Since last July, the percentage has ranged from 27% to 35%.

Rasmussen reported on August 16 that “26% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.”

On August 11, Rasmussen disclosed that “57% of Likely U.S. Voters think the agenda of Democrats in Congress is extreme.”

Gallup revealed on August 11 that “Barack Obama’s 52% approval rating for handling race relations is the only issue among 13 tested in two recent Gallup polls for which the president receives majority-level approval. In fact, a majority disapprove of the job the president is doing on eight of these issues, with his worst scores for his handling of immigration and the federal budget deficit.” Areas where a majority of Americans disapprove of the President’s performance – besides immigration and the federal budget deficit – include the situations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the economy, healthcare policy, taxes, and the environment.

How can it be that America’s hope and change captain has fallen from grace?

The answer is simple: President Obama has made a persistent habit of siding against the American majority.

Let’s start with health care.

On August 16, Rasmussen reported that a “national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 60% at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform law, while 36% oppose repeal.” Since the law was passed in March, the percentage of those favoring repeal has ranged from 52% to 63%.

On August 3, roughly 71% of Missouri voters backed Proposition C, a ballot measure that would prohibit the government from forcing individuals to have health insurance or from penalizing them for declining it.

And yet, has Obama changed course? Not one bit.

Let’s take a look at Arizona’s SB 1070.

On July 9, Gallup revealed that “Americans’ initial reactions to the U.S. Justice Department lawsuit against Arizona’s new illegal immigration law are more negative than positive, by a 50% to 33% margin.”

Rasmussen reported on July 8 that 56% of voters oppose the Justice Department’s challenge of SB 1070 and 61% favor the passage of a law similar to Arizona’s in their own state.

On August 14, Rasmussen disclosed that 60% of likely voters in Florida favor a law like SB 1070 in their state.

And yet, the Justice Department persists with its lawsuit. You know, after Napolitano and Holder publicly criticized the law while admitting to not having read it. And after Obama publicly misrepresented it with an absurd ice cream shop harassment hypothetical.

A few more stats: In February of 2009, 54% of American voters said no to all bailouts. In July of 2010, a Rasmussen survey revealed that “29% believe last year’s economic stimulus plan has helped the economy, while 43% believe it hurt.”

So, what’s the point?

The point is that we have a President whose decisions are routinely guided by his far-left ideology, which embraces an imposing federal government, bullies federalism, and reveres political-correctness . . . via an arrogant, dismissive, self-righteous delivery.

We have a President who was elected on the premise of building bridges, but whose presidency has been characterized by criticizing the Tea Party, FOX News, and anyone and everyone who won’t “get out of the way.” Not to mention repeated public commentary devoid of preliminary research.

Many in the media may not hold Barack Obama properly accountable, but you should.

So here’s the final question: What about the recent debate surrounding a mosque and Islamic cultural center to be potentially constructed near Ground Zero?

According to a CNN poll conducted from August 6-10, 68% of 1,009 adult Americans, including 935 registered voters, oppose the plan to construct a mosque in that location.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll, which questioned 1,183 registered New York City voters from June 21-28, revealed that “Fifty-two percent of the respondents said they did not want the mosque to be built at all, 31 percent are in favor of it, and 17 percent are undecided.”

At a dinner celebrating the beginning of Ramadan on Friday, President Obama said the following with respect to the debate: “As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.”

On Saturday, the President added, “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right that people have that dates back to our founding.”

Had he commented “on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there,” would Obama have sided with the American majority, discouraging the proposed mosque and cultural center location?

I guess we may never know.

Overall, the good news is that our President couldn’t be doing a better job of highlighting what an ideal 2012 Obama opponent should look like.

Humility, a belief in American exceptionalism, executive experience, and respect for the will of the people have perhaps never been so valued by American voters.

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George Michaud
6 years 1 month ago

I know this isn’t very much related to the story but I would like to see AMAC do a POLL on their front page of the website on Nevada’s upcoming election to see what folks say regarding keeping or getting rid of Harry Reid. He and Pelosi are a mess and they do not represent our views, beliefs or are they working on our behalf. They are tearing this nation apart along with their friend Obama. And, the only reason Harry Reid took a different position on the Mosque in New York from that of Obama’s is because it serves his self interests of being re-elected and that’s really phony. I hope all the Nevada votes take this one seriously.

Scott Leikam
6 years 1 month ago
President Obama is a political animal and not a very good one. He learned to appease others with words as a way to gain acceptance in his youth. He has built on that and found that mastering words opened doors that were otherwise shut. He gained acceptance into law school by using connections that he made and continued the pursuit with those that he found to be ideologically compatible to further his political aspirations and visa verse. The problem now is the lack of pragmatism and a part of being pragmatic is the use of words and what they mean. He used words on the American people much like the Queen used the apple on Snow white. He spoke the words that lulled many to sleep and at the same time fed his ego. Unlike Snow White, those that have fallen from his words will not wake up to a… Read more »
Navyman Norm
6 years 1 month ago

A Narcissist and Pathological Liar all rolled into one is not ready for “primetime reality”. He lives in and makes up his little world as he goes along. A Humble Obama is an Oxymoron.

Timothy Votaw
6 years 1 month ago

Well written, a deep and accurate insight into what Obama’s intentions really are, and what we think of them.

You elicit good, intelligent comments here, a sure sign of excellent, perceptive writing.

Ralph Beall
6 years 1 month ago

Thanks for your article and thanks for AMAC providing an alternative to AArp never sacrifice principle for an y agenda or growth or whatever. Border security is basic to our war on terrorism.
I have worked with many Muslims in my business before retiring. I was in Iraq on business when their President died ( was killed) in a helicopter crash, staying in the same hotel in Basra. Be assured even the “moderate Muslims would be happy to see the “radical” Muslims take ove the U.S.

Peacenic
6 years 1 month ago

BO is not stupid, narcissist perhaps, but not stupid. He is doing exactly what he intends and even said, ‘fundmentally change this country.’ Oblivious masses may be waking up. Let’s hope is not too late. Beware the spin and election shenannigans like put Franken in office. All elected offices are important. Be informed, vote accordingly.

Bruce
6 years 1 month ago

Good article. However, I submit that Barrack Obama has not lied about hope and change; the message was not for the American people. It was meant for the radicals that are driving his decisions – hope for his bills getting passed and change to the Constitution. Look at Ground Zero and the name Cordoba House – “Cordoba,” in Islamic symbolic terms, means Islamic rule in the West. It does not mean “coexistence,” unless coexistence is interpreted as referring to Islamic rule. Cordoba was the seat of the caliphate established in what is now modern Spain after the Islamic invasion from North Africa in the 8th century A.D. Where did Mrs. Obama go on vacation right after the decision was made on the building?

George Michaud
6 years 1 month ago

Here’s an article that hits the nail right on the head. We need to find a way out of this mess for our country. Impeachment is the only way for not living up to what he swore he would do to uphold our Constitution. Obama and this Congress has broken our Constitution too many times.

Lyle R. Rolfe
6 years 1 month ago

The only thing surprising about all of this is why this man can not see that everyone opposes what he is doing and has done. Why can’t he get it? Does he know this will be going against him in 2012 if he runs again, provided he is not impeached by then? Even the members of his own party are against him and he can’t help but know this. I guess if you know that you are God, nothing you do is wrong even though most everyone who voted for him thinks otherwise. It will be interesting to see how it all comes out-especially after November 2. I know we’re going to lose some imcumbent Republicans as well as the Dems, but hopefully they will be replaced by better GOP candidates. At least new comers won’t be tainted yet. Keep up the good columns.

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