First, read the following and see if you take offense at some of the words. It's merely Lynch's opening salvo with a few racial tags replaced.
I have yet to find the words to describe the overwhelming sense of satisfaction I felt on Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016 when Ted Cruz won the popular vote by 53 percent. With tears in my eyes, and joy in my heart, I as a white man stood alongside other white people across the nation as we celebrated America's first inauguration of a Latino president. As an old white man, I felt a true sense of patriotism as I witnessed our country rally together to show, finally, that we are more concerned about who is the most qualified man for the job, regardless of race or age. As Cruz so simply, yet eloquently, stated during his celebration speech - real change had come to America -a change we so desperately needed after eight painful years of Barack H. Obama's colossal failure as our nation's leader.I wonder if Lynch would have a problem with that.
And now for the twelve reasons why Lynch believes Obama is one of the best presidents ever.
1) He is for The People. Say what you will about Barack Obama, but unlike the many presidents who preceded him, he cares about what is best for the greater good. He truly does represent The People. His actions have always been motivated by a sincere desire to do what is best for the majority, even if it meant losing ground with the wealthy, influential or powerful minority.He is for his people alright: Chicago cronies, and enriching Washington, D.C.
2) He is for civil rights. He has consistently spoken on behalf of the disenfranchised, the underdog and the most controversial members of society-despite the fact that it was politically unpopular to do so at the time. His outspoken support of gay marriage is an excellent example. Gay marriage is, and has always been, a legal and civil rights issue-not a moral one as conservatives would have you believe. Obama's open support of gay marriage speaks to his core values and his inherent belief that there truly should be justice for all.Progress for LGBT civil rights may well be Barack Obama's lasting signature achievement. This is not surprising because for many, opposition to same-sex marriage is the political litmus test of any candidate today. It is simply not enough to be neutral on the issue (as opposed to being for or against). It's safe to say that Mitt Romney lost by a margin roughly equal to the number of people who put that issue over and above economic issues.
3) He is for one race -the human race. In just a few short years, Obama's professional achievements and continued demonstration of equality and integrity have done wonders for race relations. America has never been more unified as a people than it has been under the direct leadership of Barack Obama. Finally, the racial lines that have divided blacks and whites for decades seem to be narrowing.WTF? Most people think race relations have deteriorated under Obama.
4) He is for a healthcare system that brings hope and healing to the hurting. Obama's healthcare plan has allowed uninsured Americans to reap the benefits of a universal healthcare system. A suffering child should never be turned away because his or her mother doesn't have health insurance. To deny medical assistance to people who desperately need it is barbaric. Obama's health care plan has placed America among the world's greatest superpowers who demonstrate care and compassion toward its constituents with healthcare that serves all.Jesus’ injunction to help “the least of these” is a powerful message — one which cannot be avoided — unless you happen to not be a Christian. Even so, the New Testament message was directed at individuals — not at national governments. Earthly governments have no place in heaven nor does Caesar. I happen to believe that some provisions of ObamaCare will survive intact such as an increasing devolution of healthcare provision away from employers and also coverage for pre-existing conditions. But I think it was a mistake to provide comprehensive healthcare on a national basis. A better plan would have been to mandate lower cost catastrophic insurance, much as catastrophic auto insurance is mandated in many states. Also, any government involvement should have been stepwise — state-by state — if at all.
5) He is for the middle class. Here are just a few of the comments made by President Barack Obama in recent months: "Rebuilding our economy starts with strengthening the middle class. Extending tax breaks on 98 percent of families now would give hardworking Americans the security and confidence they need." In July 2012, during a visit to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he said, "The vision of a strong middle class is what we're fighting for. What we need is somebody who's going to fight every single day to grow the middle class because that's how our economy grows, from the middle out, from the bottom up, where everybody has got a shot. That's how the economy grows." Enough said.The erosion of the middle class began long before Obama took office and continues unabated under him — unless you believe pumping up the D.C. economy of lawyers is helping the "middle class." More than enough said.
6) He is for women's rights. Obama's very first executive action as President was to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a bill specifically designed to annihilate wage discrimination barriers for women. He also fully funded the Violence Against Women Act, which addresses the criminality of sexual assault and domestic violence and provides women with the services needed to overcome such atrocities. President Obama nominated two women to the Supreme Court, including the first Latina justice in American history. Furthermore, Obama has taken exceptional measures to secure grant money for women business owners and get them a fair shake from the Small Business Association.The quashing of both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin by Obama's machine did more political damage to two distinct types of womens' ambitions than anything I can think of. Both are waiting in the wings to take on the West Wing. Revenge will be served ice cold.
7) He is for doing away with pomp and circumstance. Let's be real - Obama is one cool cat. As the 44th president of the United States, he has changed the face of the Oval Office forever. Many suggest Obama's casual demeanor and informal interaction with the American people is inappropriate, and even downright offensive. Millions of people, however -me included -perceive his relaxed deportment, humorous candor and outright honesty as a breath of fresh air. In spite of the fact that he is a politician, and the president, there is something about him that makes him real and relatable. Even though he is the most powerful man in the world, he is, at heart, just a man. In almost four years under perhaps the most intense public scrutiny ever placed upon an American president, he has never lost sight of the fact that he bleeds red, just like everyone else.LOL!
8) He is for the environment. President Barack Obama has taken a forward thinking approach to creating a red, white, blue and green America. His policies and initiatives for a clean energy economy have had an incredible impact on the future of the nation. For instance, the U.S. reduced oil imports by more than 10 percent from 2010 - 2011. That's more than 1 million barrels a day. The Administration continues to seek ways to reduce America's dependence on oil, promote efficient energy and invest in clean energy practices. Read more about Obama's environmental strategies here.So now Obama is taking credit for lower energy prices due to fracking and natural gas?
9) He is for veterans. Obama has consistently promoted the allocation of funds, increased benefits, job opportunities and extended resources for our nation's veterans. Although Obama never served in the U.S. Armed Forces, he has always been a responsible and thoughtful commander-in-chief. Unlike his predecessor -G.W. Bush -he has always been conscious of the fact that troops serving in combat zones are sons, daughters, mothers and fathers. He has never lost sight of the commitment, dedication and sacrifice made by the brave men and women who volunteer for military service and he has been adamant about rewarding them accordingly.Obama is for veterans, as he should. And no less so than his predecessor was, despite the gratuitous Bush-bashing.
10) He is for peace. Let us never forget that Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 -one of the greatest accomplishments any man or woman could hope to achieve in a lifetime. The award reads, "The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons." During his presidency, Obama successfully ended the war in Iraq and is close to finally putting an end to the conflict in Afghanistan and bring our troops home for good. Speaking of Afghanistan, remember public enemy number one, the King of Terror? It was under Obama's order that Osama Bin Laden was annihilated and put out of the warmongering business for good.Obama himself has joked about the premature awarding of that Peace Prize prize. As for Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama went all in for Afghanistan — what is the latest news from that war-torn territory?
11) He is for education. Obama has always been an advocate for education, making it a top priority during his administration. Believing education is what brings about the strength of a nation, Obama has set a goal for the U.S. to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. He has increased federal funding and doubled the amount of grant money allocated to students seeking a higher education to cover rising tuition costs. During his presidency, Obama also passed the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to ensure equal education for people of color.Actually, jobs are what make an economy as much as education. Mike Rowe (among others) is warning about too many chiefs and not enough Indians. The President should a long hard look at the effects of burgeoning educational debt as a consequence of Democrat policies. Republican governors should take another look diminishing state-level support at public universities.
12) He is for entertaining the masses. If we have to listen to a president yakitty-yak about this or that for another four years, we might as well pick one with charisma and charm. If you can't find anything else appealing about Obama, you can't deny the fact that the guy is an amazing speaker with wit, fantastic comedic timing and an incredible intellect. In fact, I will go so far as to say that when the man does finally retire from politics, he has a rewarding and lucrative job as a stand up comic awaiting him if he so chooses. When's the last time you heard a president joke about drinking beer, belt out Al Green with poise and precision at a moment's notice and admit to watching the Kardashians?Another LOL!