BY SAM FIELDS
“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, October 2010
Republicans have become so obsessed with the goal of defeating Barack Obama that it is now more important than jobs, the deficit or the wars.
To that end, they have chosen to wreck the economy and drive up unemployment rates so they can put the blame on President Obama.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, on September 16 announced the terms and conditions of the Supercommittee charged with coming up with a couple of trillion in deficit reduction. Taxes were off the table. He and his reactionary posse want failure and then blame it on the Prez.
Rewriting history is another part of the GOP stock and trade to get control of the White House. At the September 11 GOP debate Mitt Romney attacked Congress’s decision to count Social Security dollars to cover budget deficits.
Hey Mitt, it was Ronald Reagan in 1984 that instituted that phony bookkeeping. Going a little further, it was Al Gore who campaigned in 2000 to reverse that rule. Remember his incessant cry about putting Social Security back in “a lockbox”? Bush and the rest of the GOP opposed that idea. They wanted to continue with their Bernie Madoff School of Accounting!
In foreign policy, they have attacked President Obama even when all the evidence shows he was unequivocally right.
In 2008, John McCain, R-AZ, and the GOP stood by the principle that the US should NOT go into Pakistan without the permission of the Pakistan government. McCain’s theory was that it was wrong to use unapproved drone attacks into Pakistan to kill al-Qaida’s Operation chief Abu Hafs al Shahri and Deputy Operations chief Atiyah Abd al Rahman. Did I forget to mention whacking Osama Bin Laden in August?
Had that last operation failed I am sure Republicans would have been attacking him for not doing it another way. A few dead Seals would have been great news for the GOP propaganda machine.
On Libya, the GOP is even more blatant. Every single GOP candidate rejected Obama’s air strategy as either too much–Michelle Bachmann, R-MN, and Ron Paul, R-TX–or too little—all the rest of them. Many demanded American troops on the ground.
What they really wanted was a Libyan military disaster so they could point the finger at Obama.
Guess what? He was 100% correct and they were 100% wrong.
He put together a NATO strategy that overthrew the dictator without the loss of a single American life.
You have not heard a positive peep or an apology out of a one of them.
The simple truth is that the President’s GOP opponents have put a power grab by the Republican Party over the needs of the American people.
Is it time to start questioning their patriotism?
(Sam Fields, a local criminal defense attorney, is a frequent contributor to Browardbeat.com)