Time for a reality check. Conservatives are up in arms about Obama’s proposal to effectively legalize millions of illegal immigrants through executive action, despite his party’s overwhelming losses in this year’s midterms. However, a quick search of the New York Times archives has exposed them for the hypocrites they are. Reprinted with permission.
President Obama hasn’t always been in favor of voter suppression, but recent statements suggest his position has changed.
For example, White House press secretary Josh Earnest recently said that, despite the Democratic Party’s shellacking in the midterms, the president was “looking forward” to taking executive action to address illegal immigration. Never mind that many Republican candidates ran in explicit opposition to these proposed actions. “I’m pretty sure I’ll take some actions that some in Congress will not like,” Obama said during a press conference last week.
This year’s midterm elections produced a number of winners and losers. Among the losers we can count the likes of Hillary Clinton, Tom Steyer, Sandra Fluke, Wendy Davis, Ron Paul, Barack Obama (obviously), Harry Reid, and other enemies of freedom. Winners include: America, Mitch McConnell, moral progress, and, above all, the Koch brothers.
The Republican wave was a crucial step on the road to Kochtopia, which would be like heaven on earth for pot smokers, gay marriage advocates, bald eagles enthusiasts, art lovers, people who like hospitals and equality in education, and those who love America.
In 2012, more than 125 million Americans cast ballots in an election that only served to create greater partisan divisions, increase gridlock and generally make the President Obama’s life more difficult. His forward-looking agenda continues to take a back seat to petty grievances. One hundred and twenty-five million may sound like a lot, but that’s still less than 40 percent of the population of the United States, and less than one-tenth the population of China. Voter turnout was even lower than it was during the historic 2008 election, despite the fact that outside spenders spent nearly three times as much on partisan attack ads.
There was a time when presidential elections made sense—at our nation’s founding, everyone agreed that George Washington should be president, so he ran unopposed and was elected unanimously. Most people agree that he was on of the greatest presidents of all time. After that, politicians started running for president against each other, thus forever burdening the American people with a decision that many would rather someone else make on their behalf. Centuries later, presidential elections no longer make any sense.
Presidential elections, like midterm elections, aren’t just unnecessary; they’re harmful to American politics. We should get rid of them entirely.