“DeMint has quickly turned Heritage -- especially its new lobbying arm, Heritage Action for America -- into a powerful engine of pressure on Republicans in Congress to move further to the right and reject almost any form of compromise with
But a reader by the moniker of "Bolthead" disagreed in the comments section that Republicans were the source of friction in Washington.
“President Obama is at war with political dissent, Doyle,” argued Bolthead, who, after giving some examples, said: “For those who believed that the nation couldn’t possibly become more polarized than it was during the presidency of
That's a strong statement, but is President Obama the most polarizing leader this country has ever had, or are we living through the country's most insane political climate in history?
Reader "mksaelens" would go with the latter, commenting:
“The only reason that Obama is ‘polarizing’ is because the GOP has chosen to oppose virtually everything he proposes. From the outset, Republicans made it their mission to subvert the legislative process in the hopes of regaining the
And another thoughtful reader, by the name "The818," agreed:
"Several years ago, the GOP came out and openly stated their overriding goal was to oppose every proposal made by the Obama administration and ensure he was a one-term president. Then they immediately turned around and claimed Obama was polarizing. It's the same kind of non-logic that prompted them to shut down the government and then complain that the government is shut down. The GOP is incapable of connecting their behavior to the consequences that follow. They just whine about what happens and ignore the fact they deliberately brought about the very conditions they're unhappy with."
The reality is that the American people elected Obama. Americans voted for him for a second term in part because of the
And it's unfair to accuse Obama of being the country's most polarizing president, when it's the Republicans creating such strife, and with such catastrophic consequences.