Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

Written by Andrew Sullivan

You hear it everywhere. Democrats are disappointed in the president. Independents have soured even more. Republicans have worked themselves up into an apocalyptic fervor. And, yes, this is not exactly unusual.

A president in the last year of his first term will always get attacked mercilessly by his partisan opponents, and also, often, by the feistier members of his base. And when unemployment is at remarkably high levels, and with the national debt setting records, the criticism will—and should be—even fiercer. But this time, with this president, something different has happened. It’s not that I don’t understand the critiques of Barack Obama from the enraged right and the demoralized left. It’s that I don’t even recognize their description of Obama’s first term in any way. The attacks from both the right and the left on the man and his policies aren’t out of bounds. They’re simply—empirically—wrong.

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Ken Carman
12 years ago

Of all my gripes from the Left the only one I find unforgivable is the continuation of indefinite detention and cutting out all due process. A president: no matter whether I agree with him or not, should never be judge, jury and possible executioner: especially for fellow citizens. Sending troops in to kill Osama is not as much my issue here. Turning a president into an omnipotent King is.

This is not what the founders intended, and in my opinion as long as this stands we are no longer a free nation. Doesn’t matter if he “promises” not to use it. It will be there for the next one to abuse even if he is being honest.

Will I vote for him?

Yeah, what other logical option do I have? The others are worse on this except Paul, and Paul, IMO, is economically nuts.

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