I've been saying for years that Barack Hussein Obama has proven to be the most divisive President ever. His demonization of opponents, his "my way or the highway" relationship with Congress, his circumvention of the Congress and breach of Constitutional law, his tendency to take sides in any Black-White social dispute, his history with the Reverend "God Damn America" Wright, his hate filled Ebonic-laced speeches to the NAACP, and his absolute failure to honor the opinions of those who oppose his philosophies have divided this nation to heights not seen since the Civil War.
Now, someone has come along and presented a mathematics model that would seem to support my opinion. Social Analyst Michael Cymbalest conducted a study of every major piece of legislation in the last one hundred years. Here's what he found:
The bar graph above shows the level of opposition by the opposing political party. Note that fully half of the Democratic Party supported Welfare Reform in 1996. Other major legislation included expansion of Medicare and Social Security, the 2001 Bush tax cuts, the Balanced Budget Act of 1985, etc. Notice also that the highest level of opposition came from Barack Obama's two largest "achievements"; the 900 Billion Dollar Stimulus Bill and Obamacare.
Of the opposition noted, the problem with the Stimulus Bill and Obamacare was the way the legislation was crafted in back room deals. With the Stimulus bill we saw such things as Nancy Pelosi's $15 million dollar rat preserve in San Francisco, Harry Reid's $7 billion dollar "train to no where"; a train that would begin in the middle of the Mojave Desert and carry you to Harry's Vegas casino pals...at a big price! Obamacare was passed only after Louisiana and Iowa were bought off and thousands of exemptions were granted to corporations, big Unions, and Congress itself. And Obama was not likely to accrue opposition favor as Republicans were completely shut out of the bill writing process. The 2,300 page bill was prepared by Dems in private, after which then Speaker Pelosi said "you have to pass it to see what's in it". That kind of response elicits no warm fuzzies about an Obamacare Program that puts over one third of our entire national economy in the hands of big government.
But it is the way Obama has played one interest group against another throughout his Presidency that has divided our nation so severely. America has not seen such class warfare since the 1920's, and has not suffered from this level of ethnic tension since the Civl War.
Obama, having won a second term, has advised that he's taking that victory as a mandate for further advancing his socialist goals. I can't help but believe those powder blue bars are going to go even higher, and America sinking even lower.
Sad. Damned Sad.