Barack Obama, civility, and the government shutdown
After a deal ended the debate over the government shutdown and raising the nation's debt ceiling, President Barack Obama actually said this in a speech:
When we disagree, we don't have to suggest that the other side doesn't love this country, or believe in free enterprise or all the other rhetoric that seems to get worse every single year.
This is amazingly hypocritical, considering the Obama regime's comments during the shutdown.
Obama said he will not negotiate "with a gun at my head."
Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer compared Republican lawmakers to terrorists when he said "What we are not for is negotiating with people who have a bomb strapped to their chest."
Obama repeatedly said Republican tactics amount to "hostage taking."
After accusing Republicans of terrorism, hostage taking and extortion, Obama now tries to take the high road by calling for more civility. This is laughable and absurd, given Obama's own uncivil behavior.
I said on Hoosier Access last week that the Republican strategy was flawed from the start, but Obama's stance that he will not allow the debt ceiling or the government shutdown to be used as a negotiating tactic is disingenuous.
Obama knows the Republicans, who control one branch of Congress, have no leverage in discussions about delaying or defunding ObamaCare, cutting spending, or any other legislative or budgetary matter because any legislation passed by the House is dead on arrival in the Senate. So if the Republicans are to get Obama and Senate Democrats to concede anything, they need to find a way to use the legislative process to try to get concessions.
That is not hostage taking, terrorism or extortion, despite Obama's hysterical rhetoric over the last month. That is basic political tradeoffs - Obama gets something he wants in exchange for the Republicans getting something they want. The way he has behaved over the last month demonstrates how immature and petulant Obama is, and how emotionally unqualified he is the be President of these United States.