5 Things People Hate About the President (Which Are Bullshit)
|Lawrence Jackson via WhiteHouse.gov|
1. Working with Congress
Of course, the reason that people blow gaskets is because an executive order sounds like it's circumventing Congress (Since they're based on existing laws, it's actually the opposite of that, but whatever). Why can't we get a President of either party who can work with Democrats and Republicans? We need a leader who can unite us, dammit, not divide us!
Good luck with that. Here's the problem. Once upon a time, the word "conservative" didn't mean Republican, nor did the word "liberal" mean Democrat. They were two separate concepts. One was the sort of person you were, and the other was the team you played on. Parties actually had to cater to both sides of the political spectrum to get things done.
That's why Ronald Reagan, who dealt with Democratic majorities in the House of Representatives his entire presidency, got so much accomplished. The so-called Reagan Democrats were staunch fiscal conservatives who had defected from voting for Democrats because they felt that they no longer represented their interests. They didn't become Republicans; they just voted for them.
Now, unfortunately, there's little room for a President to enable the sort of nuance Reagan or even Bill Clinton was capable of. Reagan, despite all his antigovernment rhetoric, kept taxes higher than they are now under the alleged Commie Pinko in Chief. Or look at Clinton, who people think of as this raging liberal. Clinton vowed to gut Franklin Roosevelt's welfare state and happily signed the Defense of Marriage Act, something you can't imagine a Democratic President doing now.
Agree or disagree with the accomplishments of Reagan and Clinton, you can't deny that they managed to act outside the box we imagine Presidents of their respective parties being in today. There's a reason that the current Congress is the least productive in the legislative body's history. It has little to do with the President and everything to do with the fact that we keep electing representatives who have less ideological flexibility than Rorschach and like to hear themselves rant twice as much.
Is it really fair to denounce a President for not being able to keep these people in line? I know politics is like herding cats, but it's not supposed to be radioactive saber-tooth tigers with nutzoid corporate sponsors.