WASHINGTON, August 18, 2017 – The change started in November 2006. The election resulted in a sweeping victory for the Democratic Party. On a national level, they captured control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. At the time, it was viewed as the normal shift of power that regularly occurs.
Only this time it has turned out to be the beginning of a more major shift.
The economy had experienced an unprecedented 25-year period of economic growth and prosperity. Since the end of the 1981 recession economic growth was strong, inflation was low and jobs were plentiful, except for slight hiccups in 1991 and 2001
Since most Americans were doing well, their political attention turned toward those who weren’t faring very well. Even conservative President Bush became known as a compassionate conservative. When Democrat Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House in 2007, the first woman in history to hold that position, government policy began to shift toward helping those “in need.”
While there was some resistance most of the legislation passed in 2007 and 2008, was more socially oriented and geared to protect vulnerable Americans. Democrats said they perceived the way that poor Americans were treated as being a social injustice that should be cured.
Bush supported much of what the Democratic Congress passed, although he did veto the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act, which continued farm subsidies and increased food stamps benefits. That veto was over-ridden.
By 2008, Americans were feeling more socially responsible. That coupled with the unpopularity of Bush, the drawn-out Iraq war and a crumbling economy, led to the election of Barack Obama as President. Obama was the first African American president perceived by many as being proof that America was evolving.
Although the country was mired in the worst recession since the Great Depression, Obama made curing perceived social injustices his number one priority. He signed an almost $1 trillion stimulus package which he said would stimulate growth and provide immediate jobs.
It turned out the spending was geared more toward social issues and less toward really stimulating the economy.
“I guess the shovel-ready jobs were not as shovel-ready as we thought,” Obama later said.
Among President Obama’s perceived social injustices was that he believed it was an injustice that all Americans did not have health insurance; that it was an injustice that some people had earned millions while other earned almost nothing; that wealth should be shared.
It was an injustice that too many Americans didn’t treat people of color equally.
Obama’s position of putting the needs of the few ahead of the needs of the majority began to deeply divide the country. The division legislatively started when he did not seek the input from any Republicans to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
In fact, he didn’t allow any members of Congress to read the bill before voting on it.
“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” Nancy Pelosi said. The division deepened as fear and anger were used to win support for the ACA and other social issues.
The Democrats said things like, “Without the Affordable Care Act, granny will be left to die. Without redistribution of income, the poor will stuck in poverty for their lifetime. If America doesn’t share its wealth and leadership, we will always be hated.”
Most of the speeches given by Obama and other Democratic leaders seemed designed to stir passion, instead of reasonable thought. Often the speeches made claims that were later proven to be less than truthful. Some seemed downright deceptive.
Those opposed to this social movement were cast as the enemy. This deep division created a dark cloud that continues to hang over the American people. Obama became more concerned with pushing his social agenda than doing what was right for the majority of Americans.
Most voters felt Obama was taking his “social injustice” actions for political reasons, not the people.
By 2016, Americans returned control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency to Republicans, angering Obama supporters. Their speeches became more violent as did their actions, especially when opposing voices were present.
Obama’s dark cloud is getting darker.
President Trump is trying to fix things and to bring America back to greatness. His task is nearly impossible with the 93% negative main stream media coverage. Congress cannot pass major legislation, the Democrats sole position in government is to resist Trump and even some members of his own party oppose him.
Trump must succeed. He must remove this dark cloud that hangs over America. The cloud is becoming so thick that some Americans can’t even see others as even being American. Every issue today is an “us versus them.”
Both sides work hard to “sell their position” instead of trying to work together to “seeking a solution.”
Just as President Reagan spoke of a new morning in American, President Trump must also find the sunshine to break up the Obama’s dark cloud of division