I Was Wrong About Barack Obama


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I Was Wrong About Barack Obama
By Doug Patton
July 20, 2009

I have a confession to make. I was wrong about our president. He has been telling us that he is a uniter, not a divider, and I doubted him. I thought he would divide this country like no one who has ever held the office. Well, I was wrong, and I want to publicly apologize.

I thought Mr. Obama's call for a cap and trade policy to combat "global warming," with its provisions for tax increases and higher energy prices, would surely drive a wedge between us, but I was wrong.

I was sure that President Obama's push for "the Employee Free Choice Act," which opponents now have dubbed "the Employee Forced Choice Act," would segregate labor against management like nothing we have seen in a generation, but I was wrong.

I could not imagine that the president's insistence on a government-controlled universal health care scheme would not divide us one from another over an issue that is so crucial to our future, but I was wrong.

I predicted that what I perceived as cowardice in our president's foreign policy would split this nation down the middle and create an intolerable divide between Americans, but I was wrong.

I was convinced that Barack Obama's extreme views on the sanctity of human life would cause a tear in the fabric of society like no other issue since the Civil War, but I was wrong.

I had little doubt that what I saw as Obama's hostility to the Second Amendment would create tremendous division over the issue, but I was wrong.

I just knew that this president's penchant for "redistributing wealth" would cause a separation between rich, middle class and poor, but again, I was wrong.

And finally, I had always believed that when this president nominated judges who shared his radical philosophy of government, those nominations would divide the country.

Was I ever wrong! About all of it.

Barack Obama, just seven months into his only term as president, is beginning to bring this country together like no one since Jimmy Carter, the most incompetent president of the 20th Century.

People frown at the idea of raising taxes and energy costs in the middle of a recession with double-digit unemployment. Far from dividing Americans, Obama has created a rallying point on an issue all of us can understand.

On big labor, our fellow citizens could hardly be more united. When properly explained (a practice Obama detests, as evidenced by the fact that he insists Congress rush through legislation without even reading it), the American people hate the idea of depriving workers of their right to secret ballots in determining whether they become part of a union.

On issues of race, foreign policy, traditional marriage, the sanctity of innocent human life, the Second Amendment, property rights and so much more, poll after poll now shows that Barack Obama is uniting the American people against his radical, anti-American agenda.

But perhaps the area where this president is doing the best job of bringing people together is on the issue of universal health care. Americans instinctively know their country is not Europe, and they have no desire to become France. They understand that somehow someone is going to have to pay for all this "free" health care Obama keeps promising. They know that Obama-Care, like Hillary-Care before it, will do less, cost more and provide fewer choices. They grasp the idea that you cannot serve more people with fewer doctors and provide better care for less money. And they know that trying to jam all this through Congress in two weeks is the last refuge of a panicked administration losing its mesmerizing grip on the people.

So, thank you, Mr. President, for bringing us together. I never believed you could do it and certainly not this soon. In less than a year and a half, you can unite us in a mid-term repudiation of your policies, and in three years and five months you can unite us all behind whomever your successor will be.

Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a speech writer and public policy advisor for conservative candidates and elected officials. Since 2001, his work has appeared in newspapers across the country and on various Internet web sites. Readers can access the entire archives of Doug's columns at GOPUSA.com, where he serves as a senior writer and state editor. His e-mail address is [email protected].

Note -- The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, views, and/or philosophy of GOPUSA.


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That's a good article, and well-written. I only hope the mad Kenyan Socialist really does bring us ALL (overwhelming majority of active voters at least) together AGAINST his plan to destroy America.

I think the "man behind the curtain" will be exposed IF his healthcare plan fails... IF.


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Obama wanted the people to get actively involved and he has certainly accomplished that. Since his election, I frequently communicate my concerns to the Senators and Representatives of my state. This is the email I sent regarding health care.

Dear Senators Name

I am writing to express my concern with the haste in which the federal legislature is attempting to push through national health care reform. I am not opposed to comprehensive reform in principle, but I strongly oppose implementing a knee-jerk policy simply to meet a self-imposed deadline to do something for the sake of doing something. My main points of concern are:

The CBO report stating that the currently proposed plan(s) would actually increase health care costs and increase government spending for healthcare

The inclusion of illegal aliens in proposed coverage

The governments potential role in determining who gets treatment and when

I feel strongly that if our elected representatives in Washington truly believe that this reform is good for the American people, then it should be good enough for the President, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. They should demonstrate their confidence by opting to participate in whatever policy gains final approval. I urge you to have the courage to stand up among your colleagues and ask them to give up their current health coverage and be governed by the same plan as “we the people.” Taking this stance would lend credibility to the plan and demonstrate to the American people that Congress truly believes this is what’s best for the country.


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WOW! This article shows a fresh look at our present situation. It brings new meaning to the term "false positive."


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He's so arrogant, I'm sure he thinks everyone is flashing the number one sign to him at his teleprompter public appearances.


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ObamaCare... We will be dying to get it...


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