Fast forward to 2008 and Barack Obama. Clinton Hatred became Obama Derangement Syndrome. Once again, the Republicans decided that the American electorate was obviously too stupid to be allowed to be in charge. From the beginning, they made the deliberate choice to thwart Obama at every turn — the same as thwarting the people at every turn since he’d been elected by the people.
The Republicans had enough Senators to set new records for the use of the filibuster to deny votes on both legislation and Obama nominees. They threw our country into crisis management mode — downgrading our credit rating, pitching us over fiscal cliffs, refusing to increase debt ceilings, and finally, probably the stupidest legislative idea of all time, the sequester.
And now, the Fourth of July is over and Facebook is back to posts about Obama the Nazi and Obama the Muslim and Obama the Illegitimate President and Moochelle Obummer. The stirring patriotic posts are now all about revolution and how it’s “time to take our country back” and “Egypt’s citizens just overthrew their president – can we do that?”
I’ve asked this question so many times and I never get an answer – “do you no longer believe in democracy?”
Vicki Williams is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached through the newspaper at firstname.lastname@example.org.