The president wants us to discuss politics, immigration reform and Obamacare at our holiday tables. Imagine the scene. One of your kids is home from college, having been indoctrinated by liberal-leaning professors with politics mired in the ’60s, and he or she begins lecturing Grandpa Joe or Aunt Marie about the necessity of visiting the Obamacare website (if they can get on) and buying health insurance.
Let the bickering begin!
The only thing worse than discussing politics at the dinner table is discussing religion there.
In a speech during a fundraising swing through San Francisco, the president delivered a line that is more laughable than any you’d find in a late-night comedian’s monologue. In support of immigration “reform” the president responded to a group of hecklers demanding he use his executive powers to stop deportations: “...we’re a nation of laws. That’s part of our tradition. And so the easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws.” Excuse me, but aren’t illegal immigrants the ones who are violating our laws?
Hasn’t President Obama violated the Affordable Care Act by unilaterally offering delays and other incentives to labor unions and favored groups?
As for deportations, according to the Department of Homeland Security, the Obama administration has deported more immigrants annually than the George W. Bush administration.
Wouldn’t that make for a great debate between Uncle George, who hates the idea of lawbreakers entering the country and then demanding citizenship, and Suzie, the college junior, who thinks we shouldn’t have borders anyway and her uncle should catch up with the times? That’s what President Obama said in his San Francisco speech: “The only thing standing in our way right now is the unwillingness of certain Republicans in Congress to catch up with the rest of the country.” Republican resistance to “the times,” if that means endorsing lawbreakers, is something else for which we should be thankful.
To this president, everything is political, even Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Organizing for Action (OFA), a nonprofit social welfare organization and community organizing project whose agenda closely aligns with that of Obama and the Democratic Party, has come up with talking points for its minions to use as we gather around the turkey platter this holiday season. Here’s the guidance from the OFA script: “At Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, people will be under the misconception that the government-designed health-payment plans are too expensive. Tell them: There are a variety of plans available in the new health insurance marketplace, so you can pick one that fits your budget. There’s also financial assistance available based on how much you make.”
As Rush Limbaugh noted on his radio program: “Thanksgiving is a national American holiday, and its purpose is to thank God for the United States of America, and instead Obama acolytes are being propagandized to take over Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to convince people to give thanks to Obama for Obamacare.”
But then, in 2008, and for far too long afterward, wasn’t Obama treated by much of the media and his youthful followers as a messianic figure with powers unlike any other president or human being, a political superhero able to leap all obstacles in a single bound?
Take my advice: To improve the prospects for a happier holiday season in your house, don’t bring up immigration, Obamacare, or even Obama. Talk about the Pilgrims; talk about the Founders. Talk about why you’re thankful for an America that is strong enough to survive its presidents, especially those who turn out to be turkeys.
Cal Thomas is the nation’s most widely syndicated columnist.