I Was Wrong About Barack Obama
July 27, 2009
By Doug Patton
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
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
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
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
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.