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Friday, January 18, 2019

If Thanksgiving is a day to pause and reflect upon those things for which we should feel gratitude, I have a long list that begins with my personal health. Exactly five years ago, on the day after Thanksgiving 2010, I was struck down by a sudden illness that almost killed me. I owe my life to the remarkable doctors, nurses, hospital workers, dear friends, and brave family who all helped to save me; and in a thousand other ways too, I know that I am blessed.

Yet it would feel wrong to celebrate my own good fortune without addressing the far less happy condition of so many, many people in our nation and world. At this moment, millions of immigrant families confront fear and insecurity, as political demagogues vilify and threaten them. Muslim Americans face intimidation from those same opportunistic bigots. Black Americans suffer resurgent racist assaults, especially when speaking out in their own defense. And on the other side of the world, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees seeking only to save themselves and their children from murder and enslavement know that much of the supposedly civilized world, including many political leaders in this country, is coldly turning them away.

That is why I want to express thanks that Barack Obama is president of the United States.

Last year on this day I noted, while acknowledging his flaws and errors, “how much worse our situation might be” had Obama’s opponents been in control from January 2009 to the present instead of him. To me, “the undeniable truth is that Obama righted the nation in a moment of deep crisis and set us on a navigable course toward the future, despite bitter, extreme, and partisan opposition that was eager to sink us rather than see him succeed.” None of that has changed, of course — and in the current atmosphere of bigotry, recrimination, and psychopathic rhetoric, the president’s calm, rational, decent voice is more vital than ever.

The presidential nominating process of one of our two major political parties is elevating an ambitious television personality whose campaign is based on sinister appeals to xenophobia, suspicion, and anger. Like a Queens-born version of Mussolini, Donald Trump tells big lies about Mexicans and Muslims, encourages violence among his fanatical followers, and issues hollow, bombastic rants about “making America great again.” Most of Trump’s Republican rivals seem envious of him, when they should be disgusted by his plans to “register” Muslims or his promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants; their objections to his outrages have largely been equivocal, indirect, feeble, halting. In his wake, they have been all too eager to denigrate the innocent refugees as potential “terrorists” — and to dispose of cherished American values without a backward glance.

Trump promises to make Americans proud of our country again, but the spectacle of furious thousands cheering him at a rally evokes revulsion and shame.

So when President Obama speaks out to defend immigrants and refugees from the scurrilous abuse of Trump and the Republicans, I feel a deep sense of gratitude – just as I do when he chooses diplomacy over war, as he did in the nuclear negotiations with Iran, and science over propaganda, as he continues to do in his diplomatic and domestic efforts to address climate change.

With his own admirably cool style, shaking off the vicious attacks of his adversaries every day, the president upholds our venerable ideal of malice toward none and charity for all. In different ways that ideal was embodied in his predecessors, the presidents who originated and revived this most generous of national holidays – George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt – and its endurance is reason to be thankful indeed.

Photo: U.S. President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey during the 68th annual presentation of the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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144 responses to “Thanksgiving: In A Time Of Malevolence, Renewed Appreciation For Barack Obama”

  1. Dominick Vila says:

    On Thanksgiving Day I am grateful for all the good things I enjoy, for my family, my friends, neighbors, and even those with who I disagree politically or ideologically. I am proud of our values, our freedom, our history, our traditions, and the multi-culturalism that is an integral part of who we are.
    While I disagree with those who are either convinced that immigrants, foreigners, and refugees are potential threats and sources of evil, I respect their right to voice their concerns. I just wish they did not embarrass our country by articulating opinions that are inconsistent with what our country stands for, and who we are. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

    • itsfun says:

      Finally we agree on 99% of your post. I just don’t believe articulating opinions is ever embarrassing, rather it is a sign of how strong our country and form of government is.

      • TZToronto says:

        Opinions are opinions, but some are right and some are wrong. The ones based on prejudice and fear are usually wrong.

        • itsfun says:

          Who gets to decide what is right or wrong?

          • Independent1 says:

            HISTORY!!!

            And when today’s right-wring rhetoric flies in the face of what history has shown, that continued rhetoric is clearly wrong!!

            History has shown that immigrants, legal and illegal, provide more benefits to Americans in the way of economic progress and reduced living costs for millions of Americans who struggle just to live, yet the right never ceases to work at demonizing them.

            History has shown that refugees that enter our country do not pose an undue threat to Americans lives and yet the right also continues to demonize them!!

            History has shown that wars never bring about a desired result without enormous undue cost in American lives and resources, and without more often than not creating other problems in the world like we see to day, yet the right still keeps pushing to start them.

            History has shown that Republican governance is a failure from the standpoint of its economic growth, job creation and even success of our stock market when compared to Democrat governance; yet the right chooses to do nothing about changing it’s failed ideologies!!

            History has shown that racial bias is wrong as it continues to tear our nation apart and yet the right keeps working to incite racial hatred!!

            Is that enough for you???

          • David says:

            You are beyond help.

          • Independent1 says:

            You’re saying that will looking in the mirror, right??? Because you and your ilk are clearly lost in your own mindlessness!!!

          • Insinnergy says:

            Don’t bother. “David”, bless his little cotton socks, like many of his brain dead ilk, is immune to actual facts.
            He will not go and look up any of the things you have quite rightly said.
            Instead he will avoid look at any of them, and stay hidden inside the media bubble that continually tells him what to believe.
            Have a blessed day.

          • Independent1 says:

            And let’s add RESULTS TO THAT!!

            Given that states under right-wing governance compare very unfavorably to states under Democrat governance:

            Studies upon studies show that GOP-governed states are:

            The Most miserable states to live in!!

            The states with the worst quality of life!!

            The states that suck by far the most federal government aid and welfare in order just to keep solvent.

            The states today which have the most people not only living in poverty but also the largest percentage of families who are virtually broke.

            The states where people die 3-6 years younger than people in blue states.

            The states where residents find the most violence.

            The states with the highest homicide rates.

            Do you need more??? Because I can go on and on with examples of how disasterous GOP-run states are.

          • David says:

            Show us the source for these “studies”.

          • Insinnergy says:

            You still around? Sad.

          • Independent1 says:

            Here’s just a few of the many:

            10 Most Dangerous States – 9 were governed by Republicans
            http://www.thestreet.com/story/13126088/10/10-most-dangerous-states-for-you-and-your-family-to-live-in.html

            States with the highest vehicle fatalities per 100 million
            miles traveled
            25 of the 27 are governed by Republicans that have fatality rates over 10.3 (the national average)
            http://vehicle-fatalities.findthedata.com/

            10 States with the Worst Quality of Life – all 10 are run by
            Republicans
            http://247wallst.com/special-report/2014/10/07/the-10-states-with-the-worst-quality-of-life/4/

            10 Most Corrupt States – All 10 are governed by Republicans
            http://fortune.com/2014/06/10/most-corrupt-states-in-america/?xid=tab_rss

            10 Most Miserable states to live in – All 10 are governed by
            Republicans
            http://www.news10.net/story/news/nation/2014/02/24/most-miserable-content-states-in-america/5784501/

          • Louis Allen says:

            Is that so, Lenore?

          • @HawaiianTater says:

            It’s Ben Carson’s “opinion” that the pyramids were built to be grain silos. That is both embarrassing and wrong.

      • Insinnergy says:

        I’ll second that. Robust discussion is the cornerstone of Democracy. 😉

    • TZToronto says:

      Happy Thanksgiving–from the Great White North.

    • @HawaiianTater says:

      I’m grateful for Donald Trump and all his efforts to destroy the Republican party.

  2. The spirit of innovation, the potential for industrial growth and technology, among other positive traits which those Africans who became “Europeans” brought to the shores of America would have complemented the marvelous qualities which those Modern Humans out of Africa, who came to America through northeast Asia and into what is now called Alaska(and would be subsequently referred to as “Native Americans”), if it weren’t for the system of racism and the systematic avarice which was in the process of undergoing development for global exportation prior to the era of “Global Colonization”.

    Unfortunately for humankind the world over, the negative processes have led to some devastating results for those Modern Humans who settled in other parts of the world, and who had already added negative institutions in Asia, the Middle East, and across much of the original homeland of Africa in the form of caste systems, “Arabs” enslaving their “cousins” in Africa, religious intolerance, the establishment of slavery as an institution throughout much of the world since Biblical times, etc.

    The “Conservative” mentality was long ago established as a mindset from Biblical times in order to preserve gains made(often at the expense of other members of the human family) and maintain the power structure and the status quo(see any history book for signs of this attitude).

    And now, we have those same forces of “conservatism” busily at work across the globe, but with the added dimension of the capability of destroying the entire planet with one false move(paranoia, religious fanaticism, rigid political ideologies, racism, economic disparities are just some of the triggers that could ignite this “bomb”).

    So we are fortunate as a global community to have any sort of leadership that promotes a sense of unity and consensus-building in order to avoid the extinction of the human race and of the planet.

    “The well-being of the world, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established”—-or some words to that effect as enunciated by Baha’u’llah.

  3. joeham1 says:

    There is no room for the Donald as president. He had a huge lack of understanding of what it would take to make America great again. His crazy remarks and attitude toward people who don’t agree with him, completely disqualify him from contention. As far as being thankful for our president, I can’t be. I’m not sure how anyone could. Our president has made our country more devided then I have ever seen. His lack of negotiating skills has done incredible damage to the country and the world. His ideology prevents him from negotiating even with people in his own party. His lack of understanding of the world has made the world much more dangerous. The Iran deal regardless of who wants to admit it, requires Iran to be trustworthy! They aren’t! They want and now will get a nuclear weapon and our president has made it much more possible then it was. When they get the weapon they will use it. As I look at our options for the next president I don’t see anyone that I would be excited about. The best candidate would be someone with the negotiating skills of Bill Clinton and the understanding of the world like Ronald Reagan. Partisans won’t like this post. Let’s face it without being bipartisan and honest our country can’t survive. Donald would be a terrible president, as bad or even worse then or president.

    • Independent1 says:

      Maybe some day you’ll let us know what country you’ve been living in because it clearly isn’t the U.S.!! Either that or you’ve been walking around with your head in a dark place where you can’t even see the light!!!

      • joeham1 says:

        Well genius, hacks like you stay blind like a good dog. Open your eyes and look around. Your masters will get mad at you but out may see.

        • KDJ54 says:

          Who’s your master? If we’re blind dogs, then tell us who’s your champion? Its easy to throw stones, so who’s got all the answers for you

          • joeham1 says:

            I don’t have a master. My champion is someone like Bill Clinton, who knew that the government ONLY works if both parties work together and compromise to get things done. Hence the balanced budget and welfare reform. Someone like Ronald Reagan that through strength and negotiation made the world safer and ended the cold war. Today all we have are partisan hacks who blame anyone except their own party. The one that has all the answers for me is the one who realizes that the national debt is a huge problem and must be dealt with. My champion will insist on bipartisan solutions. He or she will refuse to demonize the other party and instead admit that our problem have been caused by both parties. We don’t have that in our current president and so far I don’t see any candidate that fits that.

          • Independent1 says:

            Bill Clinton wasn’t president at a time when the GOP had determined it didn’t want a new president to get re-elected and therefore diabolically plotted to sabotage our economy by pledging to refuse to accept any legislation the new president might choose to push for, if that legislation would in any way help the economy and people’s lives in America – and thereby possibly get him re-elected.

            You prove yourself to be a mentally deficient idiot by even suggesting – that here has been a time in the past 5 plus years when Obama could have in all good conscience negotiated with a political party that was hellbent on destroying his presidency (in a sense suggesting that any president could deal in good faith with the leaders of ISIS) even if that meant destroying our nation in the process. Virtually no piece of legislation passed the 5 plus years by a GOP Congress (House) has not had some kind of poison pill or provision in the legislation that would make the lives of a large segment of America’s population to struggle even more than they are just to survive or would have driven deficit spending sky high.

            Virtually everything the GOP has voted to pass the past 5+ years has been purposely intended to slow the economy or cut people’s living standard while feeding more money to the already wealthy and the pockets of corporate CEOs: Emperor Mitch McConnell has fake filibustered (more than 425 times) virtually any legislation that would have benefited the economy – even some legislation that passed the House with bi-partisan support and would have passed the Senate.

          • joeham1 says:

            It must be hard being retarded. You are the farthest left wacko on this site. As Usual all you do is repeat party rhetoric. You couldn’t have half a brain to think the right would try to hurt the economy just to get Obama. Even a 5 year old knows better. So, keep living in your delusional world. I know the hate eats you up. But the facts don’t lie. There is no bill the repubs can pass that Obama world sign unless he gets what he wants.

          • Independent1 says:

            Like I said in one of my posts, you’re making judgements with your head all the way up your butt. You can’t even see the light of day worthless.

            See this:

            FACT 1. In Robert Draper’s book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives” Draper wrote that on inauguration night, 2009, during a four hour, “invitation only” meeting with GOP Hate-Propaganda Minister, Frank Luntz, the below listed Senior GOP Law Writers literally plotted to sabotage, undermine and destroy America’s Economy.

            FACT 2: Draper wrote the guest list included:

            The Guest List:
            Frank Luntz – GOP Minister of Propaganda
            Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
            Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
            Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA),
            Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX),
            Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX),
            Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)
            Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA),
            Sen. Jim DeMint (SC-R),
            Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ-R),
            Sen. Tom Coburn (OK-R),
            Sen. John Ensign (NV-R) and
            Sen. Bob Corker (TN-R).

            Non-lawmakers present Newt Gingrich – Failed GOP candidate for President

            These jerks actually call themselves “Patriots.” Patriot my butt, more like: H8-triots!

            I’d like to know:

            1) Why are media outlets continuing to prop-up these vile H8-triots when they literally plotted, in secret, to undermine American families in their plot to sabotage the U.S. economy?

            2)
            Why are no media outlets demanding each one of these GOP leaders explain their involvement of plotting to undermine the US Economy?

            3) Why the hell would anyone want either Hensarling, or McCarthy to be Speaker of the House when they literally plotted to sabotage the US economy at a time when America was losing over 700,000 jobs per month?

            FACT 3: Newt Gingrich confirms meeting took place in an interview with Al Sharpton’s Politics Nation on June 12, 2012

            SHARPTON: In fact, let`s go to a book that Mr. Draper wrote about the night of the inauguration. There was a meeting at a hotel near the inaugural ball, about a mile away … He writes about that night the plan was to show united and unyielding
            opposition to the president`s economic policies … And Draper writes that you told the group — you, Newt Gingrich, “You will remember this day…you will remember this day the seeds of 2012 were sown.”

            If there was a commitment from day one, before he ever took a seat behind the desk of the Oval Office, that everyone was going to obstructhim, then what he`s done has been almost unbelievable, against those kind of odds, Speaker Gingrich.

            NEWT: The first is, it was an important meeting and I was glad and honored to be part of it… I said to Callista when we left the hall — because we were at the Capitol for the inaugural. As we left, I said, you know, if he sticks tothe kind of moderation and bipartisanship he`s been describing, he willsplit the Republican Party. He`ll govern like Eisenhower and he`ll get reelected. Now this is — this is the inaugural day.

            SHARPTON: I`m glad you admit you had it.

            And I’m going to post you two sources for the above, the Huffington Post article even defines that strategy that the GOP was going to use to obstruct anything Obama anted to pursue.

            YOU NEED TO GO BACK AND LIVE IN YOUR OWN FANTASY LAND AND DO SOME MORE PLAYING IN YOUR LITTLE SANDBOX. YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS IN THIS BLOG SITE POSTING WITH THE BIG BOYS!!!!!!!!

            http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/11/1306103/-Eric-Cantor-Jeb-Hensarling-Kevin-McCarthy-Plotted-to-Sabotage-US-Economy-in-Secret-Meeting

            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/robert-draper-anti-obama-campaign_n_1452899.html

          • joeham1 says:

            Your quoting AL sharpton and Robert draper? Enough said.

          • Independent1 says:

            You calling Newt Gingrich a liar? Nobody is quoting Draper or Sharpton – Newt corraborated everything Draper reported.

            Like I said – you have no business posting here with big boys. You’re nothing but just one more low IQ troll on the NM that should go back and play in your little sandbox!!!

          • joeham1 says:

            Newt Gingrich did not corroborate what draper wrote big boy! Your a half wit

          • Independent1 says:

            And you know how to lie too right!!

            NEWT: The first is, it was an important meeting and I was glad and honored to be part of it… I said to Callista when we left the hall – because we were at the Capitol for the inaugural. As we left, I said, you know, if he sticks to the kind of moderation and bipartisanship he`s been describing, he willsplit the Republican Party. He`ll govern like Eisenhower and he`ll get reelected. Now this is — this is the inaugural day.

          • Insinnergy says:

            Hey F*cktard… review the glory that is the GOP Record for the first 6 years of Obama’s Presidency and understand that they deliberately chose to block anything that might paint him in a good light.

            ————————————————————-

            House Bills passed:
            ——————
            46 Bills on Abortion
            113 Bills on Religion (anti-gay)
            73 Bills on Family Relationships (anti-gay)
            36 Bills on Marriage (anti-gay)
            72 Bills on Firearms
            604 Bills on Taxation (more obscene tax cuts for the rich)
            437 Bills on Govt Investigations (cost $14 million for nothing).

            Bills attempted and failed to be passed even by the GOP:
            ——————
            50 attempts to Defund Obamacare…..Failed ( cost to the American tax payer $65 million)
            15 attempts to Cut Funding for Planned Parenthood……Failed
            3 Attempts to Cut Funding for VA Hospitals…….Failed.

            GOP blocked bills:
            ——————
            Blocked bill to aid Small Business
            Blocked Unemployment extension ( a loss of 250,000 peripherally related jobs)
            Blocked Bank Reform Bills
            Blocked Campaign Finance Reform and open Contributions Law
            Blocked MULTIPLE Jobs Bills
            Blocked Infrastructure Bill ( the nations crumbling infrastructure has a failing “D” rating)
            Blocked Ending Tax Breaks for companies that Outsource Jobs ( blocked the “Bring the jobs back home measure)
            Blocked Wall Street Reform
            Blocked Energy Legislation
            Blocked Mine Safety Bill
            Blocked Oil Spill Liability Cap increase
            Blocked Bill to lower Oil Company Tax Breaks ( 4 billion a year in tax payer subsidies )
            Blocked Bill to impose charging American Oil Companies on Oil achieved in the Gulf
            Held government hostage, economy lost $24 BILLION
            Blocked Veterans jobs bills
            Blocked Veterans benefits
            Blocked Veterans health bills
            Succeeded in cutting food stamps to 90,000 vets
            Filibustered VA hospital funding
            Filibustered 3 million unemployment extensions costing 250,000 peripherily related jobs, throwing families out of homes.

            Number of TRUE Jobs Bills even allowed to come to a vote in the House….NONE.

            References:
            ————–
            http://thegavel.democraticleader.house.gov/?p=6171
            http://www.nbcnews.com/news/other/do-nothing-congress-track-one-least-productive-years-ever-f2D11656939
            http://articles.latimes.com/2013/dec/22/nation/la-na-congress-inaction-20131223
            http://thomas.loc.gov/home/LegislativeData.php?&n=Browse&c=112
            http://www.politicususa.com/2013/05/19/republican-obstructionism-real-scandal-plaguing-washington.html

          • Insinnergy says:

            Hey F*cktard… review the glory that is the GOP Record for the first 6 years of Obama’s Presidency and understand that they deliberately chose to block anything that might paint him in a good light.
            ————————————————————-

            So what has the GOP House been up to?

            House Bills passed:
            ——————
            46 Bills on Abortion
            113 Bills on Religion (anti-gay)
            73 Bills on Family Relationships (anti-gay)
            36 Bills on Marriage (anti-gay)
            72 Bills on Firearms
            604 Bills on Taxation (more obscene tax cuts for the rich)
            437 Bills on Govt Investigations (cost $14 million for nothing).

            Bills attempted and failed to be passed even by the GOP:
            ——————
            50 attempts to Defund Obamacare…..Failed ( cost to the American tax payer $65 million)
            15 attempts to Cut Funding for Planned Parenthood……Failed
            3 Attempts to Cut Funding for VA Hospitals…….Failed.

            GOP blocked bills:
            ——————
            Blocked bill to aid Small Business
            Blocked Unemployment extension ( a loss of 250,000 peripherally related jobs)
            Blocked Bank Reform Bills
            Blocked Campaign Finance Reform and open Contributions Law
            Blocked MULTIPLE Jobs Bills
            Blocked Infrastructure Bill ( the nations crumbling infrastructure has a failing “D” rating)
            Blocked Ending Tax Breaks for companies that Outsource Jobs ( blocked the “Bring the jobs back home measure)
            Blocked Wall Street Reform
            Blocked Energy Legislation
            Blocked Mine Safety Bill
            Blocked Oil Spill Liability Cap increase
            Blocked Bill to lower Oil Company Tax Breaks ( 4 billion a year in tax payer subsidies )
            Blocked Bill to impose charging American Oil Companies on Oil achieved in the Gulf
            Held government hostage, economy lost $24 billion
            Blocked Veterans jobs bills
            Blocked Veterans benefits
            Blocked Veterans health bills
            Succeeded in cutting food stamps to 90,000 vets
            Filibustered VA hospital funding
            Filibustered 3 million unemployment extensions costing 250,000 peripherily related jobs, throwing families out of homes.

            Number of TRUE Jobs Bills even allowed to come to a vote in the House….NONE.

            References:
            ————–
            http://thegavel.democraticleader.house.gov/?p=6171

            http://www.nbcnews.com/news/other/do-nothing-congress-track-one-least-productive-years-ever-f2D11656939

            http://articles.latimes.com/2013/dec/22/nation/la-na-congress-inaction-20131223

            http://thomas.loc.gov/home/LegislativeData.php?&n=Browse&c=112

            http://www.politicususa.com/2013/05/19/republican-obstructionism-real-scandal-plaguing-washington.html

        • Insinnergy says:

          The irony is that Liberalism encourages free thought and new ideas.
          Conservatism (as it’s practiced in the USA) encourages conformity and willful ignorance.

          • joeham1 says:

            Your kidding right? Liberalism encourages political correctness which is totally against free speech. You have heard what’s Happening at some of the colleges? Liberalism gone a muck! Wow how ignorant can your be?

    • Paragryne says:

      You could not be more wrong about the President. The divisiveness (correct spelling) is generated from the right, and if you do not see this continuing in the primaries, I’m afraid there will be no convincing you otherwise. Maybe someday you will do some bipartisan research, after which you can come back here and admit just how wrong you are.

      • BillP says:

        You are correct, it was the Republicans who had a meeting on innaguration day 2009 to discuss how to stop the agenda of a president who was just being swarmed in. That’s a real inclusive philosophy, well maybe if you are a Republican/Conservative believer. This divisiveness has continued to this day.

        • joeham1 says:

          Open your eyes, go to the middle and look both ways! Both of these freaking parties are ruining this country. If you are such a hack that your can’t see it then you need to study!

          • JPHALL says:

            PLEASE PROVE HOW OBAMA AND THE LEFT HAVE WORKED TO RUIN THIS COUNTRY. BE SPECIFIC.

          • joeham1 says:

            Oh wow don’t act like you don’t know. Are you that partisan? Is all the Republicans? Only a complete idiot would believe that
            Well first, BOTH parties collectively have done so much damage that everyone has witnessed over the past 50 years. However under Obama:

            1) 9 trillion increase in the national debt.
            2) suspending deportations
            3) supporting sanctuary cities
            4) the Iran deal- this isn’t the biggest mistake Egbert made by any president.
            5) removing our troops from Iraq before they were stable enough.
            6) letting isis grow to where they are.
            7) letting the irs target the right and then having the balls to call or a false scandel.
            8) letting thousands of convicted illegal alien criminals back on the streets
            9) numerous executive orders that the supreme court has to stop
            10) Obama care, a bill that promised to save money and let people keep their doctors
            11) increase of over 8% i poverty since talking office
            12) dividing the country by party and race. He surely isn’t the whole cause for this but his lack of leadership had made it worse.
            13) never ever negotiating and compromising on the most important issues facing the country

            These are all things you know. There are dozens more. You would have to be honest and non partisan to admit most of these. The narrative of blaming one party by the wacko right and the wacko left just doesn’t work. Both parties have done most of this. Obama has rendered congress useless. His dictator style is executive orders regardless if it’s constitutional.he promised transparency and gave us the most opaque administration ever.

          • Insinnergy says:

            1) 9 trillion increase in the national debt. – Congress spent this money. Congress doesn’t want to pay for it. Not the president’s issue.
            2) suspending deportations – You’re an idiot.
            3) supporting sanctuary cities – You’re twice as idiotic as the previous item.
            4) the Iran deal- this isn’t the biggest mistake Egbert made by any president. – The alternative was nothing, or war. There was no “better deal”. No-one came up with even what a “better” deal” would look like. The other countries would have ceased sanctions if the USA had pushed for a better deal. AND THE F*CKING SANCTIONS WERE PUT THERE TO GET IRAN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. Which is what they did. You’re three times the idiot.
            5) removing our troops from Iraq before they were stable enough. – Bush set the time table. Iraq wouldn’t provide legal cover for our military. We had to leave on Bush’s timetable. Not the president’s fault… unless you wanted US troops sued for doing their jobs. Idiot.
            6) letting isis grow to where they are. – Isis was created through the dual moron’s Bush and Cheney, by taking over a country, “rebuilding” it’s government and then setting a timetable to leave them to their own devices. They then fired all the soldiers… but LET THEM KEEP THEIR WEAPONS. Real. Smart. If Bush and Cheney hadn’t lied their way into a “Short Glorious War” in Iraq then Isis would not have come into being.
            On the second half of your point that Obama has let them “grow”. The single worst f*cking thing we can do is start a fourth f*cking ground war in the volatile Middle East where we can’t even clearly tell who is on our side. There will be heavy civilian casualties and heavy military casualties because most of the main areas where the fighting would be will be suburban that have to be cleared house by house and the enemy will be hiding in the population. This is a recipe for a decades long PR and military disaster. Add to that the fact that the Jihadists rely on America showing up and killing people to recruit and you have a generations-long bloodbath, and more terrorists. The single best option is to tell the governments of the Middle East to fix our mess for us, swallow our pride, and stay the f*ck out.
            7) letting the irs target the right and then having the balls to call or a false scandel. – The fact you believe this is just sad. There is no “there” there.
            8) letting thousands of convicted illegal alien criminals back on the streets – You appear to have no basic understanding of the Drug War, or the abject disparity in sentencing of minor non-violent crimes for minorities. In short you’re a low-information bigoted white retard with a hard-on for incarceration. America is number one in the world for people in Jail. That’s quite frankly appalling.
            9) numerous executive orders that the supreme court has to stop – The Supreme court doesn’t have to do anything. The Executive orders can be created, and the system can dispute them. Obama has not done anything unusual, or anything that a Republican president in the past has not themselves done. You’re simply a bigot.
            10) Obama care, a bill that promised to save money and let people keep their doctors – Which it did. It also created jobs, saved tens of thousands of lives, and stimulated economic activity. A few people were not able to keep their plan or their doctors, and yes, he did say they could. Oh well… I guess that wrecked America….
            11) increase of over 8% i poverty since talking office – This one is actually close to true. But ask yourself this: With over 80% of the rise in income and wealth over his presidency going to the top 1%… and the Republican Congress opposing all increases to public assistance, seeking to cut social security at every chance, shutting down the government, and blocking any new taxes of any sort… and espousing “Trickle Down Economics”… the concept that if the wealthiest get more, then it will trickle down to the least wealthy…. what did you think was going to happen?? He is in office during this period… true… but I doubt you could say he’s “responsible” for it.
            Or look at it another way: Taxes are at an all time low… so where are the jobs and the wealth for the least wealthy?… Yeah. Nowhere.
            12) dividing the country by party and race. He surely isn’t the whole cause for this but his lack of leadership had made it worse. – Correction. Him being the President has made it worse… but only because it brought out every prejudiced white bigot and got them all pointed int he same direction. As a leader has has been remarkably evenhanded to the point where African Americans are criticising him as not having done enough for them. If a group of people blow things up or jam up congress or refuse to negotiate because you’re black and in charge… it’s not your fault.
            13) never ever negotiating and compromising on the most important issues facing the country – This takes the cake. You &*%&*^%$ F*cking moron. He has attempted compromise on so many occasions it’s actually made him look weak. I remember during the government shutdown negotiations, he actually caved and agreed to the what the Republicans were wanting.. he took the deal to them MATCHING WHAT THEY SAID THEY WANTED and they then decided they wanted more.
            He tried for 4 years to negotiate and got a government shutdown for his troubles.
            Now the stupid GOP is attaching publicly unacceptable riders to must pass legislation forcing it through COngress without bipartisan support and sending it to his desk to be vetoed… then pointing the finger and saying he doesn’t negotiate.
            No. The Republicans can’t govern.
            Politics is more than just stamping your feet and using more votes to force through whatever you want.
            Governing involves compromise… and the compromise has to happen in Congress… BEFORE it gets to the president’s desk.
            But the Retardocons don’t understand this. They want the USA to go back to the 1850s and they will not accept an iota less than all of what they want.
            Ironically they don’t even have public support for most of their agenda. Most American’s support abortion. Most American’s support Planned Parenthood. Most Americans support Climate Change trying to fix it.
            Instead you have a crazed bunch of evangelical racists from podunk USA wagging the dog, and rather than actively governing in partnership with the minority with each side getting something they want… they write up insanity into bill form… attach it to something unrelated that has 4 days to pass and a lot of urgency… and seem to be both pleased at their own cleverness… and shocked when the President vetoes it.

            Watch the result in 2016.
            I’ll be here specifically looking for you.
            Because your tears will feed me.

          • Independent1 says:

            Don’t forget that when you add Bush’s last budget which included 1.4T in deficit spending that it brought the deficit total to 12.9T – so at most Obama could be accused of adding about 5T – but virtually all of that is related to Obama saving America from another Great Depression. And deficits have continued to run up because of all the unfunded legislation Bush signed into law and the reduced tax revenues because of the Great Recession..

          • Louis Allen says:

            Short answer to your looooong post:
            Bull$hittt.

            P.S. – “Most Americans support Climate Change and trying to fix it.” — Learn to express yourself in correct English, buddy.

          • Insinnergy says:

            Thank you for proving my point.
            No counterpoints.
            No evidence.
            No argument.
            No facts.
            Followed… as always… by diversion and a personal attack.

            You paid trolls are depressingly predictable.

            Awwww. was my looooong post a widdle too long for widdle Louis?
            Poor baby. Have some medication.

            I’ll be here asking after you in 2016, Louis.
            No mercy.

            And as a final f**k you to my favorite willfully ignorant, knuckle-dragging GOP troll… freely available information that you avoid like the plague:
            “Since January, public belief that global warming is happening rose four points, to 61 percent, while belief that it is caused mostly by human activities rose three points, to 50 percent. The number of Americans who worry about global warming rose three points, to 53 percent. And the number of Americans who said that the issue is personally important to them rose five points, to 63 percent.”
            http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication/article/american-opinion-on-climate-change-warms-up

            “Overall, a large majority of the American public were personally convinced that global warming is happening (71%)…Further, 69 percent of Americans believed that global warming is caused mainly by human activities (57%), or caused equally by humans and natural changes (12%), while only 29 percent believed it is caused mostly by natural changes in the environment.”
            http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication/article/american-opinions-on-global-warming-a-yale-gallup-clearvision-poll

          • Louis Allen says:

            Complete, unadulterated bullshit.
            You idiot suck.

          • Independent1 says:

            Wow!! You’re really demonstrating your low IQ status. You don’t have enough brains to get involved in a 6th grade debate.

          • joeham1 says:

            I’m not interested in being in your sixth grade debate. You and your sixth grade friend can have fun with that.

          • JPHALL says:

            PURE BS AND YOU KNOW IT. Just because you and the right wing say something does not make it true. Most of that 7 trillion came from paying for two Bush wars that were kept off the books. Deportations still take place, but only for criminals when localities do not interfere. Bush set the date for Iraqi withdrawal, look it up! Only two or three EO’S have been decided against Obama (ONE FOR APPOINTMENTS AND THE OTHER IMMIGRATION). And the rest of you itemization is more BS. Like you said these things you know but refuse to accept. GET OVER YOUR IDEOLOGY AND OPEN BOTH YOUR EYES AND MINI MIND TO REALITY! By the way, that is why despite controlling both sides of Congress, the Republicans cannot impeach or pass anything to change things. They like you are impotent. Just noise! Subject: Re: Comment on Thanksgiving: In A Time Of Malevolence, Renewed Appreciation For Barack Obama

          • joeham1 says:

            Your a hack. Bush set the withdrawal date based on having a status of force agreement. Obama failed to get one! You idiot! Had he got one line he should have isis workstation be there! Most of the 7 trillion was to pay for wars? Your a dumb f#%k! Only 2 or 3 of Obamas unconstitutional EO’S. He let thousands of illegal alien criminals go free in the US. LOOK it up hack! The congress can’t pass anything even a bipartisan bill because Obama acts like a dictator.listen to yourself! I’m not owned and blinded by Any party line you. You’re either a white house staffer or your suffering from major brain damage!

          • JPHALL says:

            Again you have proven you are an idiot and a liar! Obama does not control Congress idiot. Congress controls the budget and spending. All he can do is advise, veto or sign a bill Congress sends him. You obviously failed your high school Government of Civics class.
            Next time check the Constitution idiot so that you do not look so stupid. Congress sets the spending and is supposed to fund it. As to the present deficit Congress spends the money and fails to fund their spending. That way they can give their donors tax breaks.
            Try looking things up on a non right wing site dummy like the Christian Science Monitor if Wikipedia is too liberal for your tastes. Like most right wingers you prove over and over again the failure of the American educational system. Subject: Re: Comment on Thanksgiving: In A Time Of Malevolence, Renewed Appreciation For Barack Obama

          • joeham1 says:

            You’re really retarded. The president signs the laws. Because he doesn’t have any negotiating skill and the dems ran both the house and Senate in 2009 and 10 when the deficit was over a trillion a year dumb a#s the increase in the national debt is his as with all presidents. The president always owns the increase in national debt. By your moronic analogy Bill Clinton had nothing to do with Newt Gingrichs balanced budget you stupid f$&k! You are owned by your political party! Both parties are destroying this country. The state of our country is bad because of this lousy president and inept democrats and Republicans in the congress. Be thankful that they don’t shoot morons because you would have been gone a long time ago

          • JPHALL says:

            Why do you insist on proving you are an idiot! Oh well, enough wasted time. Go try to impress someone with your little intelligence. So sad! What a loser. No wonder Trumps leading that flock of birdbrains.
            Subject: Re: Comment on Thanksgiving: In A Time Of Malevolence, Renewed Appreciation For Barack Obama

          • joeham1 says:

            Lol. No answer for facts huh? Your a hack. You and your sheep friends can have Trump, Obama and the rest of the thieves! Obama owns this mess. He had to do the deal with Iran because the only alternative was war! Right?
            F#%@ing moron. Because of people like you and your mirror image on the other side we are screwed.

          • Independent1 says:

            Facts??? You wouldn’t know what a fact was if it slapped you in the face lowlife!!!

          • joeham1 says:

            Lowlife? Good one hack!

          • Independent1 says:

            I call all pathological liars lowlifes. God includes LIARS with murderers and others to be thrown in the fire. And nothing you post is the truth.

          • joeham1 says:

            Your a dumb a#s that’s the truth.

          • RED says:

            There’s no point in asking things like that JP since ignorant Cons live in an alternate fantasy bizarro world where record stock market equal socialism and people getting access to healthcare is evil and women and children who happen to be the wrong color or who believe in a different made up mythological god are to be feared and punished. So it’s pointless to discuss reality with the sick Cons. It’ similar to trying to discuss physics with your dog, only your dog is probably smarter and most definitely has a larger soul than sick Cons.

          • JPHALL says:

            To my regret I must admit that you are correct. i tried reason and got back Fox News cable BS. Subject: Re: Comment on Thanksgiving: In A Time Of Malevolence, Renewed Appreciation For Barack Obama

          • BillP says:

            So did I state something that was incorrect “Did the Republicans meet on inauguration day 2009 to agree to fight President Obama’s agenda” They have admitted it, so if I’m hack at least I have my facts straight unlike the right wing trolls who write inaccurate and misleading comments.

        • JLO says:

          And Rush Limbaugh proudly declaring “I HOPE HE FAILS” at a time where the country was in a great recession and everyone needed to come together and succeed. Republicans wanted the country and it’s economy to completely crash so Obama would have a very hard time at getting re-elected in 2012. Such selfish acts can only be done by selfish rich pigs who didn’t really suffer at all from the great recession. In 2008 Rush Limbaugh signed a $400 million radio contract that was from 2008 to 2016…. So obviously he doesn’t give a shitsu about people struggling when he started making nearly $40 million a year in 2008….

          • BillP says:

            joeham1’s reply is that it’s both parties ruining the country and at I’m a hack. It seem if you disagree with these trolls and provide facts they resort to juvenile name calling.

      • joeham1 says:

        Are you retarded? He’s the president! Even if a bipartisan bill is passed he vetoes it. It’s his way or no way. He’s so out of his league is world affairs, that’s why the world is such a mess! The congress can’t get him to negotiate he had no interest in compromise! He contradicts everything he says!, keep your doctor, oops no you can’t. It’s un-American to raise the debt ceiling, unless he’s president. He will be a uniter, we’re more divided them ever. I get you hacks being a party person, but the parties are ruining this country. 9 trillion increase in the debt and 40 million plus are in poverty! Only a freaking idiot could be thankful for that! The devisiveness is generated from the right? How stupid can you be? BOTH PARTIES SUCK! WHEN your realize this we may have a chance to fix it.

    • Sand_Cat says:

      I love how you racist zealots say the president divided the country.
      Good one, moron.

      • joeham1 says:

        Racism has nothing to do with how this president has divided this country. Race relations are horrible, and fu#&ing idiots like you are to partisan to see it. Since he took office he’s been a disaster. Over 60% of the country thinks we’re going in the wrong direction. Dumb f#&KS like you are way to stupid to admit it.

        • Sand_Cat says:

          Keep telling yourself that. Whatever BS you creeps come up with, his biggest crime is being president while black, not to mention YOU morons were the ones who announced at a time of national crisis when the country needed to be united and emergency actions taken that your NUMBER ONE PRIORITY was an act of political revenge, and your party has stuck by that and for most of the last seven years made it your ONLY priority. Your idiotic lies and other words that you imagine make some kind of defense only highlight the incredible level of hypocrisy to which so-called “conservatives have sunk. You have completely destroyed what little unity the country achieved, and now you blame it on him. You are despicable and disgusting, and none of your lies will change that.

          • joeham1 says:

            Look sand crap, this country is divided because of morons like you who can’t see the forest through the trees. There was no political revenge, that’s your feeble mind making excuses for the failure of your guru to lead. A leader unites! He’s given so many speeches calling the GOP names and then saying he can work with them. The truth that in your heart you know, is he has a radical agenda and he doesn’t care who agrees. Instead of negotiating, he uses executive orders. In summary stay stupid dumb f#&k! Over 60% of the country knows we are going in the wrong direction! 9 trillion increase in the national debt is only ok with complete brain dead minions

  4. 1511 says:

    I have the greatest respect for President Obama. He is cool calm and collected. He is not a drama creating ego maniac like the members of the republican party. I thank GOD for his leadership everyday. America needs to be very thankful for the past 7 years that he is our leader. What republicans do best is propagate fear and loathing They have no idea how to govern a nation.

    • Independent1 says:

      I couldn’t agree more. Including with your last statement. But I’ll extend that to the GOP doesn’t know how to govern anything!!

    • jamcrky says:

      As I begin to enjoy and give thanks for all I have on this Thanksgiving Day, President Obama is one of my many reasons I am so Thankful. God Bless Mr President.

      • TZToronto says:

        If anyone has a doubt about President Obama’s religious beliefs, it should be noted that President Obama has, for almost seven years, turned the other cheek in response to insults hurled at him from people who hate him. Of course, he has done a pretty good job of getting around most of the obstacles that have been put in his way. Ad hominem attacks have not deterred him from acting for the betterment of all Americans–even if some Americans have to be dragged to partake of what’s good for them.

  5. atc333 says:

    Trump is beginning to use several of the techniques used in successfully in Germany during the middle 30s. I wonder when he will begin passing out the “Brown Shirts” for his more radical supporters to wear?

  6. pmbalele says:

    The article is right-on. But there some Repubs and TPs blaming Obama for drug price.If Obama is to blame for drug price hikes, then we should credit him for the following: Unemployment is less than 4% which is full employment; gas price is now $1.00 a gal in my town- the lowest since 2008; more people can afford eating in restaurants and giving bigger tips; people are buying big luxury cars; deficit has been cut in 1/2; Bin Laden, Yemen and Benghazi guys are decommissioned; we are safer now than we were before 911. Despite TPs and Repubs racism, primitive behavior and obstructionism people are again living in heaven in USA.

    • Louis Allen says:

      pmbalulululu:
      You, along with Dependent1, polana and Lenore Whitaker, are the most pathetic liars on this site full of liars.
      “… gas price is now $1.00 a gal in my town…” you say??!!

      WHHHAAATTTT ???!!!
      What a WHOPPER !!!
      You buddy must live in Maracaibo, Venezuela !!
      Not even plebe97477 will believe that one !
      You mindless idiots on this site confirm Prof Gruber’s belief that you are “stupid voters”.

      • pmbalele says:

        The name “Black Friday should be changed to “Green Friday”. Black Friday is racist. It is not only Black people that rush for deals. Whites, Blacks and Asians all rush for deals. I will suggest a Bill in Congress to change “Black Friday” to “Green Friday.”

        • Louis Allen says:

          pmbalulululululililelelelolo:
          Black Friday is “racist” and you are a $$tupid yidiot.

          • pmbalele says:

            That is what you think. I will lobby to have the day changed to Green Friday. As I told your racist friends, I have standing to sue in court per Lujan, 504 U.S. at 560–61.

          • Louis Allen says:

            Pmbalililululala_lalaLand:
            Confirmed. Unless you are trying to impersonate a bigger nincompoop than you already are, you, buddy, are just
            another liberal idiot who writes complete, utter, unadulterated garbage on this cesspool of liberal, mindless “thought”.
            1) In your unfathomable stupidity, you really believe that “Black” Friday has racial connotations, something that is patently untrue.
            2) In your complete isolation from even your “friends” on this site, you did not notice that another of your idiot liberal friends tried to set you straight by pointing out that “Black” Friday was a reference to businesses getting “in the black” on that day (as opposed to operating under “red” ink).
            3) Even on this site, people are laughing at your stupidity for wanting to change “Black” Friday to “Green” Friday; you had me ROTFLMAO !!
            4) To make your stupidity even more glaring, you went ahead and claimed that you are going to lobby and that
            you “… have standing to sue in court per Lujan 504 U.S. at 560-561.” This was way too funny and too pathetic for me, even after reminding myself that I am addressing statements uttered by an ignorant monkey like yourself !
            5) FYI, “Lujan 504 U.S. at 560-561”, establishes the criteria/elements required for achieving “standing” in a court
            of Law to sue the government. One of the requirements under Lujan is that the plaintiff has to demonstrate that he has suffered direct/actual damages under the statute or regulation being challenged. You idiot have not suffered any
            “damages” by Black Friday being called Black Friday instead of Green Friday, for crying out loud !!
            6) WHO, pray tell, would you sue to have Black Friday declared Green Friday??!! The Chamber of Commerce in Nashua, New Hampshire? The City of New York? The town of Colchester, Connecticut? The Federal BEHEMOTH??!! Please !!
            7) What actual damages would you claim??! That you idiot are “offended” ??
            8) That “whopper” of a “case” would be as ridiculous and as laughable as a Christian suing the government to demand that “Good Friday” be renamed “Bad Friday” because identifying the day Jesus was crucified as “good” constitutes some kind of discrimination against Christians.
            Oh brother.
            Ronald Reagan said it best: “The problem with our liberal friends is not that they don’t know anything, but that they know SO MUCH that just ain’t so.”

      • Max says:

        These folks are idiots, It’s really no wonder this country is in such sad shape, And that idiot even got some thumbs ups on a complete Lie that’s very easily debunked by searching “cheapest gas in USA November 26 2015”, It was a $1.83 in a Indiana town and a $1.80 in a Ohio town.. Then he tops that with Black Friday is racist , now get this “Because Black people are not the only race that shops on Black Friday”.. Ha ha ha ..
        This kinda stupidity is getting far to common, and this site seems to be a magnet for DumbShits extraordinaire.. And you are right the dependent1 is their pied piper……………..

        • Dominick Vila says:

          He did make mistakes. Unemployment is at 5%, and gas prices in the city I live in are between $1.99 and $2.09 a gallon. However, he was right on the money comparing the rising rate of unemployment when President Obama was inaugurated, the dismal state of our economy, and the fact that gas prices have declined dramatically from the all time record high reached in July 2008 and what it is today.

          • RED says:

            Yes, but you see since Cons have chosen ignorance and stupidity as a way of life they must cling to typographical errors, mis-prints, & twisting of statements out of context. It’s the Con sickness in it’s later stages. When you deny science, facts, & reality all to feed your sickening racist, ignorant ideology, you have nothing else to cling to. Sad!

          • Max says:

            Gas being low is not a good thing, economically speaking, the unemployment statistics are complete and utter BullShit , And so is your puppet president ..

          • Sand_Cat says:

            iT WOULD BE IF A Republican were president, wouldn’t it?

          • Max says:

            Yes it would still be BS if a Republican was President you fcking idiot, In fact everything has been complete BS ever since Old Man Bush pushed his way into the Reagan administration..

            You people are nothing more than rabid, partisan, shallow, mindless, imbeciles..

          • Sand_Cat says:

            Thanks for the compliment. It’s an honor to be insulted by creeps like you :>)

          • Max says:

            Ha ha ha You’re welcome…

          • Dominick Vila says:

            Are you suggesting that when you guys predicted that President Obama’s policies were going to cause gas prices to exceed $5 a gallon you were actually praising him? Low gas prices is not good for oil companies, but it helps stimulate the economy by increasing disposable income.
            The unemployment statistics use the same methodology used by previous administrations, and it is monitored and verified by the Congressional Budget Office. The GOP controls both chambers of Congress…

          • Leftout says:

            Ther is only one chamber, it is the Chamber of Corruption , all must start fresh . The people Who are struggling deserve better than this .

          • Max says:

            You do not understand reality, You probably never will either, Talking to you people is like trying to explain the real world to a resident of Plato’s cave.. You’re so lost you’re hopeless.. Your minds are so limited its sad left, right, my guy good, their guy evil, you are being played.. Everything you think you know is wrong, you are slaves in an open air prison.. You are blind ideologues that are helping to kill off, imprison and enslave all of humanity with your stupidity…

          • Dominick Vila says:

            Is that the best retort you can think of after making an absurd assertion?

          • Max says:

            Look lady, go try and explain the complexities of turning on your dishwasher and just what that will accomplish to your dog, That’s not even as difficult or futile as it is or would be to explain to you the error of your ways, See you have what passes for intellect, but your ego will always fight to the death protecting the learned ignorance that you believe to be true… You suffer from a kind of Stockholm syndrome, The only way out for you will be to experience an epiphany of sorts, And there is no way in hell that I am going to be the one that inspires that revelation, that will be all up to you, But do to the fact that you have an entire party of like minded codependent zombies fanning the flames of ignorance my money’s on you remaining ignorant till your dying day… But don’t feel too bad, as they say it takes two to tango and the powers that be have put you and yours against an entire party on the so called Right of equally codependent zombies that aren’t quite as far gone as the left when and or where it comes to giving up their God given rights but they are just as useful to the malevolent P T B as instruments of their own demise as the Left is, just in different ways.. And So it goes Left Right Left Right Left Right as we march our entire race off to Hell–Oblivion….

            Good Luck to ya, you’ll be needing it…

          • Dominick Vila says:

            Spoken like a true right wing zealot, with less brains than a mosquito infected with malaria.

          • Max says:

            Ha ha You can’t even read…

      • paulyz says:

        He also failed to mention the 6 years of record high gas prices under Obama, only recently falling, but for how long? Also record years of high unemployment & tremendous National Debt.

      • TZToronto says:

        Well, I have to agree with you on this one. The state with the lowest average gasoline price is Michigan ($1.789), but there are undoubtedly some places with lower prices–but $1.00 isn’t realistic. (Don’t feel too bad, though, wherever you live in the U.S. The average price of gasoline in Toronto today is $3.00 U.S.)

  7. plc97477 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all those who remind me that the USofA still has some who are not stupid and racist.

  8. Polana says:

    “It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart” Anne Frank diary (died at 15 from typhus in concentration camp in Bergen-Belsen, Germany.)
    Too bad that some GOP/DINO not very good at heart but at lying and scare tactic to gullible masses.
    Thank U Mr President – it’s raining today and it’s not your fault. LOL It’s not God’s.
    LOL It’s climate change.Nah

  9. bcarreiro says:

    Mr. Barack you are the greatest president of our time.

  10. InformedVoter says:

    Once again The National Memo is telling lies. Trump is correct regarding Mexican crime rates and this subject is no longer up for debate. Slam dunk in Trump’s favor. Regarding the Muslims cheering 9-11, I don’t know about NJ, although, before the President’s goons got involved, there were many newspaper articles about crowds of Muslims cheering in Dearborn, MI. The local stations proudly showed the cheering crowds on their mid-day news reports. As presidents getting ranked, Obama is now rated just above the failed Carter. Both have been rated lower than GW. Something to be thankful for? Only 13 more months of the lying bastard in the White House!

    • Insinnergy says:

      Oh god. You’re still here?
      I would have thought the company paying you to troll here would have realised a poor investment by now.

      We don’t really need a poor facsimile of Glen Beck in the forum.

    • Insinnergy says:

      To your other idiocy “Informed Dude”:

      A 2015 poll, administered by the American Political Science Association among political scientists specializing in the American presidency
      Obama – 18th
      Carter – 26th
      GW “Idiot” Bush – 35th (out of 44)

      A 2010 Siena poll of 238 Presidential scholars found that former president George W. Bush was ranked 39th out of 43, with poor ratings in handling of the economy, communication, ability to compromise, foreign policy accomplishments, and intelligence. Meanwhile, the current president, Barack Obama was ranked 15th out of 43, with high ratings for imagination, communication ability and intelligence and a low rating for background (family, education and experience).

      Obama – 15th
      Carter – 32nd
      GW “Idiot” Bush – 37th (out of 43)

      I’ll accept your apology now.

      • InformedVoter says:

        The fact that your most recent poll (2015) is from a left, highly-biased source, shows how low information you are. Your other polls are from Obama’s first two years when he was still riding the wave from his first election win. I can provide links to at least 10-12 polls that show Carter at 37-40 and Obama at 36-39 (usually just one higher than Carter). GW tends to be between 31-34, but still ranked higher than either Obama or Carter. FYI, 10 days ago, The National Memo conducted a survey asking “Is Obama the Worst President Ever?” The results, from The National Memo, an extremely left leaning and viewed “news” source, had 83% of those who took the survey voting that Obama WAS THE WORST President EVER! Like that rogue reporter who apologized to Trump for claiming he mocked him, you owe me an apology.

        • TZToronto says:

          I hope the GOP and their Internet trolls keep harping on what they consider to be the failings of President Obama. I hope they continue right until election day in 2016. Trash him as much as you like. He’s not running. (And don’t be surprised when the next Democratic President nominates him for the Supreme Court.) A failure as a President? Dominick Vila, could you provide that list of President Obama’s accomplishments again? It seems that the trolls have a very short memory.

          • InformedVoter says:

            The problem for Democrats is that most of the “accomplishments” that Dominick list are not considered pluses. Things like the ACA, which is starting to unravel, will help bring down Hillary if she doesn’t distance herself from Obama. However, Obama’s deal with Hillary was “don’t throw me under the bus or else I’ll throw my support to Binden’.

          • TZToronto says:

            The problem for Republicans is that the current crop of GOP contenders is talentless, bigoted, and misogynistic. So just let them continue to trash the guy who saved the US economy and allowed people who were unable to get health insurance to finally get the treatment they need. As I said, he’s not running.

          • InformedVoter says:

            “saved the US economy” – LMAO, you mean the economy where unemployment is higher than when he took office? Or did you mean the economy where wages have been stagnant the past 5 years? or did you mean the economy where 94.4 million are not working? or the economy that the majority of jobs created the past 7 years are part-time or minimum wage? “people who were unable to get health insurance” means that these people from the low income crowd got insurance but the same number of people lost their health insurance because they had their work hours reduced so they are now making less money and have no health insurance? Again, LMAO. “he’s not running” this is first correct statement you made (1 out of 3 is the typical number of correct statements from the low information crowd). In 2012 Obama pranced about the country to support those running in 2012. He said “I’m not on the ballot but the policies and agenda for the left are”. And how did that work out? Record number of losses for the Democrats in the House and 8 Senate seats moving from Democrat to Republican! The Democrats who are running for president will HAVE to begin to distance themselves from Obama or else they will get trounced in 2016. Folks are justifiably upset with the Democrats for their lack of getting anything of value accomplished. Mr. Villa has a bed sheet of “accomplishments” for Obama, but most of those “accomplishments” are not considered of value to the majority of the population. In fact, the majority consider the “accomplishments” detrimental to the good of the US. Ask the 47 Democrats who voted to halt the funding for Obama’s immigration plans. Like rats leaving a sinking ship!

          • TZToronto says:

            As I said, let them continue to target President Obama. He doesn’t have to defend himself against their–and your–idiocy.. They’re aiming at the wrong person.

          • InformedVoter says:

            You missed the point completely! Why is that not a surprise? The Democratic nominee will HAVE to distance themselves from Obama and claim that Obama’s policies did NOT work. The message from The National Memo is that all should be thankful for the job Obama has done. Now, it seems, the message is that he did not do such a great job. And Hillary now has over 1000 emails that were classified and the FBI just announced it will be taking a deeper look into her affairs. She’s in trouble. Do you really think folks will vote for Bernie? It’s a great strategy to attack one of the weakest presidents in history because it will destroy the Democratic nominees who support him and for those that don’t, it will help destroy the myth that Obama was even remotely effective as a president.

          • TZToronto says:

            Oh, I got your point, but you apparently missed mine. There’s not a whole lot the Democrats have to distance themselves from. What you see as President Obama’s failures, the majority of Democrats–and there are a lot more Democrats than Republicans–see as successes. As long as they come out to vote, no GOP presidential candidate has a chance.

          • InformedVoter says:

            The general US population relate more to conservative values than the progressive platform of the left. Obama won because of the black vote – period. Had Obama been white and the blacks voted their normal distribution, then Obama would not have been elected. Blacks, in general, are conservative based. The same is true for the Latin population. If Mrs. Clinton is not in jail and able to run next year, she will not carry the female vote like Obama carried the black vote. Obama was just quoted as saying the Democrats can still win in 2016 – because most of left pundits have just about given up any hope of keeping the White House. Mrs. Clinton can drop all the names from her title she wants, the general population knows her for what she is.

          • TZToronto says:

            I have a hard time believing that black people and Hispanic people are stupid enough to vote for any of the potential GOP candidates, who are clearly not going to do anything to help them achieve the things they want and need. (The old white guys will eagerly vote against their own interests.) No, the GOP candidates are, without exception, only interested in advancing the cause of the oligarchs and couldn’t care less about anyone but those who contribute to their campaigns. Mrs. Clinton will not be in jail on January 20, 2017. She’ll be in the White House. I assume that you’ll be moving to some country that is more in tune with your racist preferences. (Don’t try to come to Canada. First, you can’t get in, and second, the left is in charge. The wannabe neocons, the Conservative Party, got a beat down in the recent election because voters of all stripes couldn’t stand the negativism of the right. It’ll happen in the U.S., too.)

          • InformedVoter says:

            Why would I want to relocate to such a regressive pit as Canada? Let’s see, you need $1.33 to match our dollar. Gas is about $7 US; liquor and tobacco products are sky high. And your three tiered health care system is dying faster than those who need it. Blacks don’t seem to recognize that the Democratic party has done nothing for them except to make them more reliant on the government for handouts. And I just love the typical left chants that anyone who challenges Obama as being a racist. Provide just one piece of hard evidence that Republicans are racist. I know you can’t but lefties are so low information that their vocabulary is extremely limited. It has to do will all the new math and other failed liberal policies put into our education system.

          • Insinnergy says:

            Unravel. Hahahahahahahaha
            Oh… you mean because it’s actually working except when the GOP are trying to actively destroy it?
            Yeah that must totally be Obama’s fault.
            Half-wit.

          • InformedVoter says:

            “actually working” – what have you been smoking? The premiums for Medicare B, for 30% of the clients, will be rising by 50% in 2016. In most states, premiums will be rising by almost 20%. United Health Care has announced that they’ll be dropping out of the exchanges in 2017 which will cause premiums to rise by most likely 100% for ALL their clients. The fund to refund excess costs to the insurance providers is depleting faster than anticipated and will cause services to get trimmed or premiums to soar. It’s dying of its own excess. So, YES, it’s Obama’s or the Democrats fault for passing such a stupid bill. “You have to pass it to see what’s in it” is coming home to roost. And boy is it ever coming home.

          • Insinnergy says:

            Oh my god … really?
            *Almost faints from stress*

            That’s so much worse than….
            – massive price increases every year…
            – insurance companies free to refuse to insure you due to pre-existing conditions…
            – insurance companies weaseling out of covering you when you got a “condition”…
            – and 18 million Americans with no cover whatsoever….

            Oh pretty please can we go back to those rosy times?

            As I said: You should change your name to “WillfullyIgnorant Voter”.

          • Louis Allen says:

            Noenergy:
            When I added you and Dependent1 I got a total of 48 idiots.
            Go figure.

        • Insinnergy says:

          Provide links from your unbiased sources then, dimbulb.
          Don’t just threaten to provide links.
          It makes you look uninformed and weak.

          What… your copy-paste keys were stuck?
          Right-clicking the mouse was too hard?

          • InformedVoter says:

            So you’re saying that it’s OK to quote left biased sites are proof, but it’s not acceptable to quote neutral or right biased sites as proof that Obama is way further down the list than 30! Universities are notorious for being lefties, so a collection of university folks would certainly be considered left biased. Duh!

          • Insinnergy says:

            Sorry… I briefly scanned your reply post, and saw zero actual links or evidence (as usual) so didn’t bother to read it.

          • InformedVoter says:

            I know you read it, but you can keep up your lies. For you, that would be business as usual. No matter, your links have been debunked as highly biased or antiquated, so continue to live the lie that Obama is well thought of, but the country does not agree with you. You and your low information friends can sit there like you did during the 2014 elections and say “Obama’s doing a great job and is so highly rated that, not only will the Democrats hold their majority in the Senate, but that they’ll most likely take control of the House too! The country knows that, like Obama after the last election, that you choked on your CROW! Speaking of eating crow, now that Obama has had to admit that Mulsims have been found to be terrorists or else even his own party would throw him out of office, I look for even more Democrats to distance themselves from one of the worst presidents in history. The problem for the Democrats is that even distancing themselves from Obama will probably be to little, too late.

      • Louis Allen says:

        Pathetic, this no-energy idiot.

  11. Whatmeworry says:

    $10T in new debt, a military and CIA marginalized, race relations the worst since 1864, largest number of Americans no longer looking to work. the constitution trashed and a HC plan that will start adding $1T to the debt starting in 2018

    • Independent1 says:

      Why is it you always like to post such outright gobblygook??? Not one thing you posted is not a distortion of the truth.

    • Daniel Max Ketter says:

      If the rich were paying their taxes like the working class, then we would’t be in debt. Thank god for unions (I was once a steward with the UAW and Ford Motors) calling out the filthy executives from holding back pay, discrimination agains women and minorities, and increasing global warming. Our labor organizations need to toughen up and start playing hardball once again.

    • $10 in debt, a military and PTA marginalized, race relations the worst since 1364, the largest number of Americans too fat to work, whatneworry/dan ketter trashed and babbling nonsense with a plan that will start adding $1T to dan’s disability and medicaid debt starting in 2018

  12. Louis Allen says:

    Notice how this pathetic Obama sycophant, Joe “The Con Man” Conason, can’t bring himself to calling ILLEGAL immigrants what they are, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.
    He, in typical leftist/liberal/mindless fashion and typical aversion to FACTS, calls them “undocumented immigrants”.
    He is the epitome of the MINDLESS national aversion to calling a spade “a spade”.

    • Mr Corrections says:

      OK, sorry you’re mad that you don’t get to be racist in public or whatever.

      • Like Obama’s ever diminishing pool of remaining supporters, and Obama himself, Mr. Corrections lacks the capacity for restraint or reflection. If only they would focus on the monsters who are crucifying people, burning them alive, burying them alive, and taking slaves right now and stop hurling ad hominem and false accusations at us in various internet forums!

        Most amusingly, some of the people who respond to atrocities like the Charlie Hebdo massacre by musing that maybe the Islamists have a point, and free speech should be restrained by a Heckler’s Veto to avoid offending the many and delicate sensibilities of Muslims, are EXACTLY LIKE THE LIBERALS WHO ARE DEMANDING AN END TO ANY SPEECH THAT MIGHT POSSIBLY OFFEND ANYONE IN ANY WAY, as long as they can continue to openly and constantly disparage whites, Christians, conservatives and all the others THEY hate with a passion.

        And of course nobody anywhere ever has exercised any sort of prejudice or discrimination against any white person. Or so Mr. Corrections claims. Because non-whites can’t possibly be prejudiced, bigoted or racist, even when they’re calling openly for the murder of whites for the crime of being born white.

        • Leftout says:

          Surely this Colorado shooter will be described accurately as a Christian white terrorist if he is so found . Another case of Workplace ,Domestic Violence , move on , nothing to see here , I wonder if he can be sent to Syria or England or France , Germany perhaps they do not mind refugees from this governments persecution of the self righteous.

    • Independent1 says:

      Whatever you may think illegals are worth, they’re 10 times the value to America that you or any one of your ilk is!! America could easily do with every Conservative leaving the country, but if the illegals left it would destroy our economy!!!!!!!!

      • RED says:

        Amen brother!!! I’d rather take every illegal immigrant and every refugee if it meant we could cure the Con sickness!! The Con sickness is responsible for more of our problems than any immigrants or refugees could ever be.

      • paulyz says:

        Could you & Red produce (real) evidence to support your anti-White prejudices? Not BS from the dailykos or other leftist rags. Or are these just more of your phony “stats”? Our economy would rise tremendously by removing the burdens of Millions of Illegals, many unskilled, on welfare, or committing crimes. Our unemployment numbers would drop extremely fast, thereby decreasing costs while increasing revenues. Wages would rise by removing the glut of workers. We could continue our “seasonal” migrant worker program. Our Country would become much more united with you anti-American, anti-White Libtards leaving this Country. Pick a Communist or 3rd. World country of your choice.

        • TZToronto says:

          The typical remark from those who have no compassion and less understanding is, “If you don’t like it here, move to a communist (or Third-World) country.” Why? People who disagree with you have a right to their opinions, and they don’t have to leave the U.S. to express them. And if you don’t like that, where are you going to move, paulyz?

          • paulyz says:

            Because real Americans that love it here don’t want your Socialist Transformation, so we try to stop you from forcing it on us. Liberal/Socialists like you seem to hate our Country the way it is, but like the Freedom to express it. If you did succeed in transforming our Country then you wouldn’t even have the Freedom to express your views. So for people like you, the time to leave would be now.

  13. fortunev says:

    Rethuglicon low-brows will never leave their fantasy world and they love to roll in the tRump crap he spews without end, lapping it up as if it were satan’s truth. BTW, the only illegal immigrants were those who stumbled onto America’s shores 400 years ago and were provided succor by its native inhabitants.

    • Leftout says:

      Even before that there migrants of Mongolian Asians types crossing the Bering passage. The land was opened to the brave who were not afraid to give , then to take from their work. No entitlements is what made America great . Those who came afterwards were either plunderers or men of peace .

  14. Leftout says:

    Keep healthy Joe, I am glad you were not on Obama care

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