The 2012 election season finally, mercifully ended last month, when voters re-elected Barack Obama as president. The president’s supporters naturally celebrated the victory as an affirmation of Obama’s first term. But many also breathed a sigh of relief. Now that their man was safely returned to the White House, it was finally acceptable to start criticizing Obama in public again.
“I have been mostly holding my tongue about the president this past season,” admitted HBO host Bill Maher, one of the president’s staunchest boosters on the boob tube, “because I didn’t want to muddy the waters in a country where you only get two choices.” The New Yorker, a bastion of progressive thinking, proudly declared that it would now get tough on the president in his second term.
If Team Blue is truly serious about taking the president to task, here are 3 issues where even liberals can admit Obama has been a failure, disappointment, or worse.
3. The Drug War
Barack Obama became the first president in U.S. history to have admitted to both marijuana and cocaine use, yet his administration has prosecuted the drug war as vigorously as any predecessor. Obama’s drug warrior status is made worse by the fact that his position flies in the face of a country moving in a decidedly different direction. For the first time ever, a majority of Americans were found to support drug legalization, and nearly three-quarters support medical marijuana. On the same night Obama was re-elected, voters in Washington and Colorado decriminalized marijuana, yet the Obama administration has since responded by insisting it will continue to enforce federal drug law. Unfortunately, that's no surprise given the administration’s aggressive war on medical marijuana facilities in places like California and Colorado despite Obama's campaign promises not to use federal power to circumvent state medical marijuana laws. Throughout the election, Obama’s supporters hoped against hope that he would take a different tack on the war on drugs in his second term. It's time for Team Blue to hold the president's feet to the fire and demand a more sensible drug policy.
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