WHY DON’T REPUBLICANS LIKE REPUBLICAN OBAMA?

An awful lot of vitriol has been directed at President Barack Obama since he took office and, of course, even more so as potential Republican nominees for President in 2012 have taken the stump rarely missing an opportunity to criticize Obama, while failing to acknowledge that much of his administration has been about following Republican -created precepts.

Bush starts a war in Afghanistan to the applause of most Republicans. Obama continues that war, provides it a surge, a strategy  in Iraq that was popular with the GOP, and nary a sound. Not even one hand clapping.

Bush began detaining alleged terrorists without trial at Guantanamo. Applause. Obama has continued such detention and has even begun detaining some alleged terrorists permanently, without trial and without sentencing, by killing them with drone strikes. Not even one hand clapping.

Bush spoke of his Middle-East and Muslim-world policies as leading to more democracy in that region. Applause. Just in the past year three dictatorships in that region have been overturned by the people’s action, in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and other undemocratic governments are under siege. Not even one hand clapping.

Bush promised to track down Osama bin Laden, and kill him if possible. Applause. Obama tracked down Osama bin Laden and did kill him. Not even one hand clapping.

Bush, when economic circumstances were dire, pushed through a bailout of many private enterprise companies. Applause.  Obama, upon taking office, was faced with continuing dire economic circumstances and pushed through a bailout of many private enterprise companies. Not even one hand clapping.

During Bush’s tenure a health care bill, providing a prescription drug benefit to seniors, very beneficial to private health insurers, became law. Applause.  During Obama’s tenure a health care bill, very beneficial to private health insurers, and based on ideas promulgated by Republicans for nearly twenty years, and championed by that bastion of Republicanism, the Heritage Foundation, became law. Not one hand clapping.

During the last part of Bush’s tenure his administration campaigned to have a loan guarantee to Solyndra, a solar panel company, approved. Applause. Under Obama that guarantee finally came to fruition. Not one hand clapping.

Under Bush the Patriot Act was enacted leading to more violations of search and seizure protections guaranteed under the Constitution. Applause. Under Obama these same violations have been continued and the Patriot Act renewed. Not one hand clapping.

Under Bush there was little or no criminal presecution of those business entities and individuals who caused our financial crisis with fraudulent actions. Applause. Under Obama there has been little or no criminal prosecution of those business entities who caused our financial crisis with fraudulent actions. Not one hand clapping.

Why are Romney, Gingrich, et. al. seeking to unseat their party’s sitting President?

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