The GOP'south Unreasonable Resistance To Obama Only Enhances His Heritage

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 8:05 PM

It's becoming evident that those Republicans and others who worked tough to oppose and beat Obama'south policies have gravely damaged themselves.

The GOP'south Unreasonable Resistance To Obama Only Enhances His Heritage

Despite some claims that Barack Obama will be seen as a failed president in the future, the current primary election campaigns create it clear that he's likely to be viewed historically as a highly successful president. It's becoming evident that those Republicans and others who worked tough to oppose and beat Obama'south policies have gravely damaged themselves. Their efforts to demolish his presidency have harmed the country and their own standing. This can be seen in many arenas.

Those who fought to obstruct government actions to restore and widen the U. S. economy and to do so by reversing growing inequality are revealed as guilty of producing political stalemate and failing to authorize the government to serve the people. The country was held hostage to demands to reduce taxes, even for the richest people. That understanding is widely shared by the public calling for outsiders. The wisdom of Obama'south efforts to create the government serve the people'south needs is becoming clearer.

Those who fought to delegitimize and destroy the first African-American president gained some visibility, but they'll be recognized as marginal and by-passed. The achievements of that president and the increased social, cultural, and political status of African Americans will be heralded as American successes and validations of American greatness.

The resistance to Obamacare is revealing. It was based on a Republican concept, which was instituted in MA in two thousand-sixth by then Gov Mitt Romney. But, when it was proposed by Obama, an all-out, total opposition campaign was launched. Even after it was enacted, actions were taken to attempt to destroy it and Republicans in Congress repeatedly took doomed votes to repeal it. It's been a considerable success and can and will be improved over time, when its reality is recognized.

Many harms were caused by those who deny the reality of climate modify as a result of human actions, partly in order to counter Obama. They resist rational efforts to unhurried down and halt climate modify and to prepare for its consequences. Obama took needed steps to counter those harms. His actions in this regard, even as Ltd as they were, will be esteemed as the reality of climate modify washes far any denial.

The unwillingness of Republicans in Congress to cooperate in reforming the immigration laws and the arousal of racist sentiments in the current primary election campaigns are further ways of attacking Obama. They do grave disservice to all people in the United States. Obama has acted to mitigate the unfortunate resulting circumstances.

Those who decry Obama'south foreign policies as failures, while urging vague bellicose alternatives, will be recognized as mistaken. The grand cost of actions taken and of actions avoided, during the challenging years of his administration will arrive to be appreciated upon reflection. He and his near associates overcame the ill repute of U. S. foreign policy related to the tragic invasion of Iraq and the subsequent de-stabilization of the Center E during George W. Bush'south administrations. With grand skill and persistence, he led in negotiating the reversal of Iran'south nuclear programs into ones Ltd to peaceful uses. He boldly ended the failed policies to insulate Cuba and opened an era of better relations with all of Latin America. He's strengthened alliances in Asia and managed to avert hostile contentions with China. He's avoided large-scale military engagements in the Center East, which would've exacerbated the circumstances there. Throughout the world, he's been attentive to what were the highest U. S. priorities and also taken into account the interests and concerns of local actors. Again and again he's fashioned constructive alternatives to problems that'd have been worsened by hasty war making.

Obviously, Obama'south deeds haven't always achieved what was intended; he couldn't control everyone else'south actions. But his long-range time perspective on all major issues will bear enduring benefits. That he's accomplished as much as he's in the face of unreasonable, extreme resistance, across so many issues, enhances his achievements. The irony for those resisting him is that their behavior is proving so self-destructive. It may get more than one presidential election beat before a reformed Republican Party emerges and can regain American respect.

Louis Kriesberg is Prof Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He's the founding director of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts and the author of Realizing Peace: A Constructive Conflict Approach.

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