Lets face it folks. Our mainstream media system (rather an intentional aim or not) appears to rally Republican U.S. Citizens to hate and blame everything on the Democrats, and for the Democrat Citizens to hate and blame everything on the Republicans. Two political ideologies at constant war. When I logged in today my news feeds thankfully informed me that the war is still-a-raging. Friends of real life, and Facebook friends [pretending to be friends] from both the "left" and "right" appeared to have their panties all tied in a knot over the President talking to school children! It must be the topic of today to say the least. And I highly doubt millions of American's would have today's talking point if it wasn't for societies programmers. Who could be responsible for this? I'll place my bet on news organizations like Fox News and MSNBC.
As the old saying goes: Divide and Conquer. Call me crazy, but that's the way I see things. Once you turn off your television, and step back and look at the big picture you begin to notice there is a vast spectrum of overlapping similarities between our two ruling political parties, along with President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush. That may sound like blasphemy to someone like Bill O'Reilly, or Keith Olberman - but it is the truth. Many similarities I chose not to even mention in this top 10 list. Similarities the media mostly ignores, and similarities left out of many political debates. Back on topic, I figured I would shed some light on a few these similarities. I felt the need to share with my fellow Bush/McCain Conservatives of America the similarities I've noticed that keep me feeling safe, and keep my stress levels low, while another president - this time a Democrat obviously - leads the White House in front of the all powerful, and all mighty, Wall Street franchise.
10: Barack Hussein Obama attends church. Now the media may have attacked his pastor for the unacceptable "out of the mainstream political spectrum views" he openly shared, but the fact is, even though President Obama has a Muslim middle name, he does claim to be a committed Christian. Just like George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush Sr., Ronald Reagan etc. etc... "I am a proud Christian who believes deeply in Jesus Christ." - Barack Obama
9: Barack Obama supported Bush's Wall Street bailouts, and started his very own bailout/stimulus package once he was in office. It may not sound very conservative, but it is! Not only did Bush Jr. do it, but the bailouts and stimulus packages are really just trickle down economics on steroids. Tax every citizen 7,000 dollars, give it to the richest sector of the United States. Then just wait for it to trickle down...
8: How about a "moral issue?" Both Obama and Bush agree that marriage is and should remain between one man and one woman. As far back as 2004, Obama said: "Gays ... should not marry." And in a 2007 Senate debate, he said: "I agree with most Americans, with Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Cheney, with over 2,000 religious leaders of all different beliefs, that decisions about marriage, as they always have, should be left to the states. ... Personally, I do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman."
7: Obama has said the U.S. must "lead the global fight against the AIDS virus." And earlier this year, he encouraged lawmakers to "Use whatever works with AIDS, including teaching abstinence." Obama has given Bush kudos for his efforts to combat global AIDS and the record amount of funding ($15 billion over 5 years) the president has earmarked for the fight. Obama said in September, "I think President Bush -- and many of you here today -- have shown real leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS."
6: Bush is well known for his commitment to the faith-based community -- with initiatives for the poor and on fatherhood -- and he expanded the ability to allow faith-based providers a seat at the funding table. Obama, who has railed against Bush's efforts, has still found a way to embrace them, saying he would "expand" faith-based initiatives. He used his Father's Day speech to echo the president's Fatherhood Initiative.
5: The administration has gone to court to quash challenges to domestic spying, renditions, and CIA torture. Point is, Obama is keeping America safe folks - Bush Style. So Conservative Republicians, it's time to turn those frowns upside down!
4: Obama’s health care “reform.” The centerpiece of his domestic policy has proven to be nothing but a plan, drawn up by the health care and insurance industry, to boost corporate profits by rationing and reducing medical coverage, and paving the way for the dismantling of employer-paid benefits and Medicare and Medicaid. Boosting profits, sound familiar? This is the foundation principle for trickle down economics - something very Republican'ish! Obama is also expected to renounce the “public option” of his health care plan, so don't sweat the nationalized health care. After all, even though the media may have had you convinced this was a decision in the hands of "we the people." It always been, and still is, something in the hands of big wealthy business interests to decide.
3: President Obama has handed over trillions of dollars to the Wall Street banks and is blocking the slightest restrictions on their speculative activities and massive pay packages (Someone can correct me on this if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure this is the same practice under G.W. Bush). Anyways, as a result, the share prices and profits of the banks have increased at the expense of tens of millions of workers. I'm no expert for Fox News or MSNBC, but I think this is exactly what would be happening if John McCain were in office.
2: Though no personal war experience, President Obama is keeping us safer (theoretically) than John McCain, by not only not only keeping U.S. Troops in Iraq, but also expanding military forces in Afghanistan, and Pakistan. During the campaign elections, foreign policy was split with two options: 1) Keep Troops in Iraq, McCain's pledge, and 2) Move forces into Afghanistan, Obama's pledge. Had McCain been elected, we would mostly have our military focus on Iraq. But thanks to President Obama's foreign policy we are currently keeping the homeland safer than ever with troops in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. This is a G.W. Bush foreign policy slam dunk if you ask me!
1: President Obama is blocking any investigation or criminal charges for "supposed" war crimes and violation of international law pressed on members of the previous Bush Administration (damn foreigners). Seriously, can you imagine G.W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld being in some prison cell together right now? I sure can't! If it wasn't for Barack Obama, that very well could be the case! So, conservatives, please, be very thankful for President Obama and his ability to keep our former Republican President and Administration out of harms way, as I am, so they can continue living in the greatest and freest nation on earth - The United States of America!
So, there you have it, folks. A few similarities between the previous Bush Administration, and Obama Administration; along with a few protective measures thrown in as well. Keep in mind there are many more! Noticing that the cup is half full, or that the two ruling parties share many similarities, rather than always focusing on the differences has benefited my stress levels regarding politics. As a result, I hope this enlightenment will benefit your stress levels as well!