The Romulan Republic wrote: ↑
It happened. His botched and possibly dishonest handling of the response to it also happened, much more recently.
If nothing else, I'm tempted to say that he should resign for political incompetence. We need ABLE men and women in office, if nothing else.
Also, if you are suggesting that the story was "dug up" by Republicans, I'd like you to source that, because its the first I've heard of it beyond speculation.
I don't really care who dug up what, the GoP will use any and all ammo. You can either run a good man out of office for a past mistake and an apology some people don't like, or you can grow a spine and push back and say we won't be bullied today. One makes you look stronger and the other (caving under pressure) is what people expect the Dems to do.
Big laws... the Affordable Care Act is the stand out example in recent history, as already noted.
The ACA is an abomination that was compromised to hell and back which means it's not going to be strong enough to stand and create lasting change. No sane western nation would stand to downgrade their medical system into that fucking mess and it's hardly an accomplishment to get to something that the rest of the west looks at, shakes their collective heads, and sighs at.
So no, I don't count ACA as a major step forward.
Supreme Court Justices... Obama appointed one or two IIRC before the Republicans engaged in an unprecedented abrogation of their Constitutional duty to prevent him from appointing another.
So, Trump in under 4 years has done more on that front than Obama did in 8...
Obama also engaged in significant actions via executive authority, including DACA, negotiations with various nations and various military actions, and IIRC Don't Ask Don't Tell.
DACA was a bandaid at best and has created no lasting change.
Every president will strengthen ties with some nations and weaken them with others. Yes the Cuba thing was historic and trying to foster something with Iran was laudable, but what tangible lasting benefits have come from either of those things?
DADT's repeal was pretty nice but is ultimately a feel-good move unless the military wants to continue the trend. I guess we'll see how they react to Trumps anti-trans agenda to see if it did any real lasting good.
Considering the mindless obstructionism he was up against, Obama did a lot (though I do fault him on not fully grasping the danger of the radical Right and Russia until it was too late).
He also continued a lot of wars and was a fan of the drone strike to an unprecedented degree. He could have done a lot more even in the face of obstruction but didn't.
I would consider every action I listed to be a major accomplishment. And again, it is not fair to constantly put the blame on Democrats for Republican sabotage of the country (some of which is borderline treasonous).
I blame the GOP plenty, but in a two party system, you have to look at how much each party manages to do while they have power. The GOP just seems to get their goals done more quickly than the Dems do when they get control and they're also better at stopping the Dems when they're the opposition. They simply play the game better at every stage.
It is also, in my opinion, contradictory to blame Democrats for not getting enough done, and then blame them for not appealing to moderates (who by definition will be more likely to reject major, bold changes to the status quo).
I think the middle is attracted to a winner who gets things done and prevents their opposition from doing whatever they want in years they don't have power. When was the last time that lable applied to the Dems?
There are no permanent outcomes in history. Life is change. That doesn't mean that our actions don't matter. What matters is that we make the world better today, or if we can't, do what we can to limit the damage.
False, you get judged on if you can make lasting changes or not. It doesn't matter if you make a small push left when you have power if the other guys is always able to take a large step right every time they get a chance. Politics in the US is a zero-sum tug-of-war and the GOP just pulls harder. It's entirely fair to hold the Dems accountable for this if you get to whine about how the GOP is easily able to prevent Dem's ability to make lasting change then it's fair to ask why the Dems don't do the same to the GOP.
Again, Obamacare and the progress on gay rights were absolutely massive accomplishments. As was thawing relations with Cuba.
Obamacare is shit compared to pretty much anything a comparable nation has and isn't going to hold up because of all the holes compromise shot into it.
The gay rights thing wasn't exactly a cause the Dems pushed either, they just saw which way the wind was blowing and went along for the ride. It's not exactly a high bar to clear.
Canada decriminalized homosexuality in 1969, blew away DADT in 1992, and was all over gay marriage in 2005. It's not hard to not be a dick to LGBT people. The Dems shouldn't get props just for not being assholes, they need to actually make progress at a not glacial pace if they want any kudos from me.
When they actually manage to push something that the rest of the west would consider left-wing I might respect them a little. Until then, they're just a shitty centrist party that wouldn't be considered left-wing or radical in any other western nation.