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Dan Gilmore / January 25, 2016

Obama Laments He Couldn’t Bridge Partisanship

He needs to start by filling his own words with grace.

In this last lap of his term, Barack Obama is lamenting that the Republican Party did not move to the left. As Bernie Sanders pushes other Democrat candidates like Hillary Clinton to full-on socialism, Obama said in a Sunday interview that he laments the fact that political discourse in this country has become more divisive since he took office. “The one thing that gnaws on me is the degree of continued polarization. It’s gotten worse over the last several years. And I think that in those early months my expectation was that we could pull the parties together a little more effectively.” As the Gipper once said, the Democrat Party left moderates and conservatives, and Obama hasn’t been helping. The chief executive peppered his State of the Union Address with ideological straw men to knock down. Columnist Jeff Jacoby notes Obama has not tried to bridge the partisan gap when it comes to defending ObamaCare (to him, it’s just a partisan principle for the GOP to oppose the legislation) and he used mockery to defend his policy of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees. If “the great orator” wants a more civil discussion, he needs to start by filling his own words with grace. In the meantime, we best remember the message of Liberty goes farther cloaked in winsome words.

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