Robert Lindsay: If he was Republican …
Imagine in 2014 the president of the United States’ political affiliation is Republican. Take a deep breath. Figuratively close your eyes. Release the tendency to defend, blame or argue. Attempt to be semi-objective. Sure, there is more than one side to each issue, but consider the information below is not about the candidate you support.
In 2014, we learn the president had prior knowledge going back as far as the summer of 2010 that the promise of keeping one’s health care plan and doctor was not going to be true on Oct. 1, 2013. Many Americans lost their plans and had to change doctors. We know the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act was a disaster. After spending $400 million on a website, it still didn’t work, no one checked it out prior to the roll-out and the firewall protecting citizen’s privacy is seriously compromised.
In 2014, we learn the 9/11/2012 attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya had nothing to do with an anti-Islamic video as previously indicated by then UN Ambassador Susan Rice, then Secretary Clinton and the president. Further, we learn the request cables for additional security by the assassinated ambassador to Libya went unread by Secretary Clinton and denied by the State Department.
In 2014, Americans still don’t know where the president was during the seven-hour attack. He was not in the situation room as he was when he watched the Bin Laden raid. We do know the president only spoke to the Defense Secretary once and did not follow up with him again during the course of the attack.
In 2014, we learn Veterans Affairs has been engaged in covering up wait time for patients, while our veterans die waiting for the care they need. We further learn the Inspector General reports the problem as a systemic failure. We know this is a long-term problem, but the current president vowed to fix it in 2008. He knew the problem was there and did nothing.
In 2014, we learn the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting political groups since 2010 by delaying their nonprofit status. This impacted their ability to organize and promote candidates of their choosing, while groups of the same political party as the president were fast-tracked through the IRS paperwork.
In 2014, we learn the president, who as a senator, argued extensively against the use of the NSA spying program on Americans and the number of Executive Orders issued by the previous administration; is actively engaging in data collection on Americans and writing Executive Orders left and, well, left.
In 2014, we learn American median income decreased by 8.5 percent. We learn the economy is dying at a rate of 0.1 percent. There are 92 million Americans out of work. The Labor Participation Rate has decreased 2.6 percent (same as 1978). We learn to accept gasoline at the pump to be normal at $3.50 a gallon (gasoline in January 2009 was $1.85). We learn the stimulus would have worked in 2009, but it just wasn’t enough.
The issue here for this president is leadership. It’s been 5.5 years. It’s his policies driven by his leadership rooted in his ideology. Each time the president vowed to get to the bottom of the above, but nothing happened. Leadership is to be curious, to be active, engaged in the details as they connect to the big picture. Even the release of Sgt. Bergdalh seems to have a lot of supporters confused.
Figuratively open your eyes. Evaluate the leadership. What grade would you give if this was a Republican president? …. To be continued June 28.
Robert Lindsay is a licensed family therapist, a High Point native and author of “Rise Up”- available on Amazon. Contact him: www.robertlindsay.org. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.