Obama went after people who challenge Obamacare, suggesting that they think government is the “enemy”, which is somehow not “what the founders” envisioned with self-government”.
The ignorance and mental gymnastics necessary to even take this analysis seriously is simply breathtaking. First, the Tea Party isn’t an anti-government movement — it’s about limited government, which is what the founders supported. Second, the founders would have been bloody shooting by now.
Obama continues to get away with this kind of crap, and he knows exactly how he’ll get away with it: the media is overwhelmingly on his side, with a few notable exceptions. That’s why online activism is ESSENTIAL to challenging him at all.
The president suggested that the system of checks and balances invoked by tea party Republicans in an attempt to defund Obamacare is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind.
“Let’s work together to make government work better, instead of treating it like an enemy or purposely making it work worse,” Obama said.
“That’s not what the founders of this nation envisioned when they gave us the gift of self-government.
“You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election. Push to change it. But don’t break it. Don’t break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building. That’s not being faithful to what this country’s about.”
Conservative Republicans attempted to invoke the power of the purse, granted to them by the Constitution, to force changes to a law they believe will harm Americans as well as the economy.
Republicans repeatedly complained throughout the process that President Obama flatly refused to negotiate with them.
Note that he’s not just talking about “anarchists” or something. This is a direct reference to the Tea Party — Rand Paul and Ted Cruz types who base their entire philosophy of politics on the founding fathers and natural law.