Alternate headline: guy who rules by executive orders and uses federal agencies to target political opponents is suddenly worried about democracy or something
(AFP) At a fiery campaign event for Democrat Hillary Clinton in Cleveland, Ohio, Obama trashed Trump as a dictator-in-the-making, but also voiced concerns about how Trump’s legion of supporters might react to a possible election defeat.
Trump has in the last week declared himself free from the shackles of normal political etiquette and hurled a series of highly inflammatory accusations against Clinton and her husband.
“Civility is on the ballot” on November 8, Obama told a group of largely young voters in the swing state of Ohio.
“Tolerance is on the ballot,” he continued. “Courtesy is on the ballot. Honesty is on the ballot. Equality is on the ballot. Kindness is on the ballot. All the progress we made in the last eight years is on the ballot.
“Democracy itself is on the ballot right now.”
Obviously, Obama means this as a slight against Trump, but, he’s right about democracy, because Hillary Clinton would certainly continue Obama’s mode of refusing to work through the Constitutionally elected Legislative branch and instead expanding the power of the Executive Branch well beyond its scope. Everything he mentioned (civility, tolerance, etc) are things Obama has worked to destroy and has himself engaged in the opposite.
And, he dares mention honesty? From one of the least transparent presidencies of all time, supporting a candidate who has worked hard to hide everything from everyone?
Trump may fit the bill on some of these, but Hillary fits all to a tee. We do not really know what a President Trump would do regarding the use of the EO to force change. We know how Hillary would act.
“Obama is for democracy, so long as the voters want his policies. Otherwise, those pesky voters are just getting in the way of “a more elevated debate.””
He’s shown that he loathes democracy and self determination for others, as he jumped into the Brexit debate, blew off the Arab Spring, blew off the Iranian Green uprising, is supporting the Islamic fundamentalists in Iran, supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, failed to support the pro-democracy forces in Syria, Libya, Crimea, and the Ukrainian uprising. The man has no love of democracy (yes, I know, we’re a federal republic) nor The People: he loves blind, naked power as pushed through the Central Government. It’s who he is.
So, yes, perhaps democracy and all those other things are on the ballot: just not the way he thinks. It’s about restoring all those things. Not as easy with Trump, but, damned impossible with Hillary.