WASHINGTON, August 5, 2016 — Recently, President Barack Obama said that Republican candidate for president Donald Trump is “unfit to serve as president. He keeps on proving it.” Based on the fitness of an individual to be president, however, it is easy to wonder whether Obama himself was ever fit for the highest office in the land.
According to Article II of the constitution, “the President is responsible for the execution and enforcement of the laws created by Congress.” By that definition of Democracy, we can conclude that the American president is supposed to take actions that benefit, or at least are approved of, by a majority of American citizens. Indeed, our Republic was founded because the King of England took actions that benefited a wealthy minority while being directly opposed by the majority.
Examining the Constitutional description for the presidential role, it is easy to question whether Obama has proven to be fit for the job. A look at the last seven and a half years raises that question again and again.
One of Obama’s major accomplishments was the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. This law was passed with the votes of every Democrat in Congress, without one member of the opposing party voting in favor of passage. This is unprecedented in U.S. history. Most polls showed and continue to show that the majority of people did not favor this law, but Congressional Democrats imposed it anyway.
In point of fact, this law was passed based almost purely on deception. The president was less than truthful when he said that the law would result in lower premiums for all Americans while allowing Americans to keep the doctors and the insurance plan they had at the time of passage.
Much later after the fact, the primary architect of the law’s economics, Jonathan Gruber, actually admitted that the administration deceived the American public. He said the law was written “in a tortured way” so that the Congressional Budget Office wouldn’t “score the mandate as taxes,” thereby understating the true cost to the American taxpayer.
He continued that the “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” cynically relying on the “stupidity of the American voter” for the ACA’s politically painless passage. Any individual who is truly fit to be president would be honest with the American public, particularly on such major issues, provide accurate information to voters and look out for the interests of the majority.
Years after passage of the ACA, it has become painfully obvious that the law benefits about 6 percent of the American public while causing harm to almost everyone else.
An individual fit to be president would follow the laws enacted by Congress. On numerous occasions, Obama, who swore to protect and defend the constitution, simply chose not to enforce laws he did not like and then issued often illegal executive orders that circumvented existing laws.
Is this a person who is fit to be president?
Obama could not live up to a promise he made to address the immigration problem when he first ran for president in 2008. He promised he would pass legislation that the majority of Americans would find agreeable. He couldn’t do that, so he simply ignored the law, instructed the U.S. Border Patrol to not enforce current laws, encouraged the use of “sanctuary cities” where fear of deportation for illegal and often criminal immigrants was eliminated. He said his immigration officials would not seek to deport any illegals.
Is that a person fit to be president?
Obama pushed the Dodd/Frank bill through Congress. This law severely limited what he referred to as predatory lending in order to “protect” lower income people. The majority in Congress did not approve of this law because it not only reduced predatory lending; it essentially reduced all lending, rendering monetary policy entirely unable to stimulate the economy in any meaningful way.
Is this a person fit to be president?
Although he was elected in 2008, it was just two years later during the election in 2010 that the American public voted Republicans into the controlling majority in the House of Representatives, primarily in an effort to stop his illegal actions that were contrary to the benefit of the majority of Americans.
Allegedly because Obama is well-liked personally and because he is such a great speaker and campaigner, he was re-elected in 2012. But in 2014, the American voter once again soundly repudiated Obama’s policies by increasing Republican majority in the House of Representatives and giving Republicans a majority in the Senate. This, then, made it impossible for Obama to act on policies the American public simply did not want unless he used and abused—often illegally—the tactic of issuing executive orders on an unprecedented scale.
While Donald Trump is far from the perfect candidate for president, if elected, it is clear he will be forthright and truthful with his statements and his actions. He will also take actions that the majority of the American people support, rather than gearing Federal government policy to benefit the bottom 15 percent of income earners while damaging the vast majority by imposing higher taxes to pay for those benefits.
Media protestations aside, Donald Trump may be more fit to be president than Barack Obama every was.