You may have already heard about President Obama’s “So sue me” dismissal of the House GOP’s move to hold him accountable for acting without Congress. Thought you might want to see the video and offer some reactions.
Obama’s arrogance in the face of this lawsuit, which some believe should be an impeachment, is rooted in the classic liberal thought construct that the work of the Left is too important to be interrupted by bothersome details like democratic processes.
The other half of Obama’s attitude is his actual belief – I don’t think he’s just standing up straw men – that Republicans mainly want to help the rich and give tax breaks to their cronies in corporate America.
The GOP, in his view, hopes that some of the wealth will trickle down, but doesn’t particularly care. And that makes this a battle between the forces of darkness and the forces of light.
It’s a very primitive outlook that is not uncommon even among highly educated liberals like Obama. But I doubt we have ever actually had someone seize the reins of power in the United States who had such a dismal view of so many of his countrymen.
Obama spoke in Washington:
This obstruction keeps the system rigged for those who are doing fine at the top. It prevents us from helping more middle-class families. And as long as they insist on taking no action whatsoever that will help anybody, I’m going to keep on taking actions on my own that can help the middle class — like the actions I’ve already taken to speed up construction projects, and attract new manufacturing jobs, and lift workers’ wages, and help students pay off their loans. (Applause.)
And they criticize me for this. Boehner sued me for this. And I told him, I’d rather do things with you, pass some laws, make sure the Highway Trust Fund is funded so we don’t lay off hundreds of thousands of workers. It’s not that hard. Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me. (Laughter.) As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something.