It’s very sad to see the disrespect shown to the President of the United States. It wasn’t always this way.
It began mildly when George W. Bush was president, with people criticizing him for starting a war on the wrong people.
But since Barack Obama was elected the disrespect has reached such heights we may never again be the country we were. In the past there were disagreements about policy, but also camaraderie and congeniality, especially after working hours. There was bargaining, compromising and a healthy respect of each other in Congress, the Supreme Court and, especially, the Presidency.
What happened? Among other things, the Internet happened. People thought they could be “anonymous” and vent their hate on everything and everyone. It was and is vicious. Everyone seemed to become “bullies.”
Competition between the parties grew mean, hateful and intentionally dishonest. Lying became the way to get voters to feel hate, anger and fear toward the president. It was a game. The lies were told so many times, the liars believed their own lies.
Now we have a vicious Congress and a vicious electorate. Even the Supreme Court seems to be tainted. It would take pages to list the absurd lies and personal attacks on the president. Everything from “He is not a U.S. citizen” to “He is a Muslim and not one of us.”
The GOP shut down the government, at a taxpayer cost of twenty-four billion dollars, to try and destroy the Affordable Care Act. They’ve tried to destroy anything Obama and are now saying “Obama is trying to destroy the Republican Party.” In psychological terms, they are using a defensive tactic called “projection.” To defend their GOP brand they “project” their own passion of hatred and destruction outward — toward Obama himself.
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said that during government shutdown negotiations, a GOP senior member said to Obama “I can’t even stand to look at you.” Both parties are denying the statement. If either side ever admitted it was true it might be the end of Congress as we knew it once upon a time.