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.