It’s really hard to believe that they are allowed to get away with it and no mainstream network has the guts to call them out.
Against my better judgment I went ahead and read through the text of both Barack and Michelle Obama’s convention speeches from last week. I knew what it would say before I read it, even though I was hopeful it wouldn’t. Even though I had been hopeful that the last four years would have somehow made them feel just the slightest bit of remorse for all they did to inflame and divide our country, I knew deep down it wasn’t possible.
To be clear, there really hasn’t been a moment of these last four years that I’ve enjoyed politically. I hate the constant polarization, I despise the incessant division and pitting one against another, I can’t stand seeing the office of president, once understood to be bigger than any one man, reduced to a bully pulpit for bullying your enemies. In terms of unifying and inspiring brotherhood amongst our people, I believe Donald Trump has been an unmitigated disaster.
I also am reasonable enough to realize this destabilizing and provocatively divisive administration didn’t happen in a vacuum. It didn’t come from the clear blue sky. It wasn’t visited upon our people from whole cloth. It was payback.
The ascension of Donald Trump in a party that had previously nominated the docile Mitt Romney, the bipartisan John McCain, the affable George Bush, and the genial and kindly George H.W. Bush can be understood in one simple way: voters on the right got fed up with being bullied and so they went out and hired a bully of their own.
Donald Trump is, as so many others have pointed out, the one living legacy of the Obama years. Is he crasser? Yep. Is he less interested in masking the contempt he feels for people who oppose him? Yep. Of course, he also understands that he won’t have a sympathetic media’s assistance in hiding his inflammatory conduct.
No, I don’t believe that Barack and Michelle Obama are responsible for the presidency of Donald Trump. The people who voted for him are responsible. But anyone who truly loathes this perpetual political tempest will not ever excuse the Obama’s for being the architects who built the framework Trump happily filled. For eight years they demonized opponents, vilified critics, defamed rivals, smeared adversaries, and maligned anyone who questioned their feigned moral superiority.
And now the same folks that for years legally harassed elderly nuns who didn’t want to pay for abortions want to lecture us about ending “chaos and division?”
Physician, heal thyself. Or at least, heal thy husband, whose own convention speech demonstrated that very kind of division:
If you wonder how people could choose someone like Trump, you simply aren’t watching the alternative that is right here saying, “if you don’t agree with me, you are an enemy of democracy.” Allie Beth Stuckey said it well:
I’m open to the argument that says healing the country means moving on from Trump. But you can’t expect me or anyone else to take it seriously when it’s being made by the people touting those allied with the Obamas.