Obama vs. America

On issue after issue, President Barack Obama is taking positions that are directly contrary to the will of the American people.

'Ground Zero Mosque' in New York City

Only 20% of Americans support building of an Islamic mosque near the Ground Zero site of the World Trade Center in New York City. 54% oppose the planned building of a mosque near where Muslim terrorists brought down the skyscrapers by crashing commercial airliners into them on September 11, 2001, killing almost 3,000 Americans.

54% of Americans oppose building the mosque; 20% support.

52% of New Yorkers oppose building the mosque; 31% support.

64% of Americans think it's wrong to build the mosque; 30% think it's appropriate.

But President Barack Obama weighed in forcefully on the mosque near ground zero, saying a nation built on religious freedom must allow it.

The American people may not agree with Obama on this 'Ground Zero Mosque' issue, but the terrorist group Hamas certainly does!

Arizona SB-1070 Immigration Law

The public broadly supports a new Arizona law aimed at dealing with illegal immigration and the law's provisions giving police increased powers to stop and detain people who are suspected of being in the country illegally.

73% say they approve of requiring people to produce documents verifying their legal status if police ask for them. 23% disapprove.

67% approve of allowing police to detain anyone who cannot verify their legal status. 29% disapprove.

62% approve of allowing police to question people they think may be in the country illegally. 35% disapprove.

After being asked about the law's provisions, 59% say that, considering everything, they approve of Arizona's new illegal immigration law, while 32% disapprove.

But the Obama Administration went ahead and sued Arizona over SB-1070.

56% of Americans oppose the Obama lawsuit. 28% agree with the administration's suit.

61% of Americans like the idea of their state passing a bill similar to Arizona's.

'Obama Care'

The American public is increasingly skeptical of the health care reform bill signed into law.  More Americans now disapprove of the legislation, and many expect their costs to rise and the quality of their care to worsen; few expect the reforms to help them.

53% of Americans disapprove of ObamaCare, while 32% approve (CBS poll).

59% of Americans oppose ObamaCare. 39% favor it (CNN poll).

55% of U.S. likely voters favor repeal of the health care bill. 38% oppose.

Bailouts of Financial Industry and Automakers

Even in retrospect, most U.S. voters still don't approve of the government bailouts of the financial industry and troubled automakers General Motors and Chrysler.

56% of voters think it was a bad idea for the government to provide bailout funding for banks and other financial institutions. 30% hold the opposite view and believe it was a good idea.

When it comes to the bailout funding for GM and Chrysler, 58% don't like the idea of the auto bailouts, while 32% do.

Israel

More than 6 in 10 Americans are sympathetic with Israel regarding the Middle East situation.

63% of Americans say their sympathies in the Middle East situation lie more with the Israelis than with the Palestinians. 15% side more with the Palestinians.

But President Barack Obama is so upset with Israel's Prime Minister, he sent his Secretary of State scolding him and snubbed him during a visit to the White House.

2 thoughts on “Obama vs. America”

  1. I am only, for now, going to focus on the Ground Zero Mosque issue, and not on the other right-wing, anti-Obama propaganda you are espousing on this blog.
    First, despite the President backtracking today on the issue, I find it impressive that he has not put at the forefront of his thoughts the possible negative impact of supporting the mosque at ground zero. It perhaps was not the politically wise decision to make so close to an election, but it was the right one.
    I think that continuing to browbeat people for their religious beliefs are simply un-American – notwithstanding the fact that 54% of Americans are against it, and 20% are for it. The numbers are skewed due to the hatred being spread by people like those who run this website. It is not about what the majority of Americans want at a given moment in time – particularly in the middle of the “war on terror.” It is about the values we hold as a society, enshrined in a little document called the U.S. Constitution.
    Now, let’s be clear about this. The use of a government entity to prevent the mosque from being built based on a purposeful attempt to use a zoning issue is a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. One pithy Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court said once that he really believes “no law abridging” means “no law abridging” [the free exercise of religion, in this case]. The bottom line is that people following Islam have the right to practice their religion, just as much as the people who follow Christianity in one of the three churches down at Ground Zero do too.
    Now, I mean this with all due respect – but the fact is that Christianity has caused a lot more mayhem over the years that Islam has. True, during recent years, radical Islam has become a real threat to world security. Moreover, the churches that are down there have become an important part of the New York and American cultural fabric. Famous American statesman are buried there, in their cemeteries. They became the cornerstones of aid efforts following the 9/11 attacks.
    But the jingoistic rant that comes from the people on this website blaming an entire religion for the actions of some within that religion is baseless, prejudicial, and again – un-American.
    My mother is a concentration camp survivor. I don’t see the people on this website talking about how popular the concentration camps were in Germany during the war. The better part of us must stand up to the politics of the moment, not get caught up into it. And because “it is a Constitution we are espousing,” we have to reject popular sentiments when it goes against U.S. custom and law, and the better part of ourselves where we should be saying: let’s do the right thing, and treat the people that want this mosque there the same way we have treated those Christian churches, and the way we would want people from our own religion treated if they wanted to put a place of worship there.
    So, perhaps now, we can look to a moslem mosque, devoted to peace, as possibly a place that could become part of our cultural fabric in the future – just as Trinity Church is today. And lets reject the notion that just because a majority of people are against it means it is un-American to support it, as you say. It was because of our devotion to American values that a minority stood up against a majority to support civil rights. It is because of our devotion to the most sacred right enshrined in the U.S. Constitution that we should support a mosque.

  2. There is no “right-wing, anti-Obama propaganda” on Rial-Politik as you have written; no “hatred being spread”, no “jingoistic rant” or any kind of other rant, for that matter. Rial-Politik is only about being factual, presenting and pointing out truths, not opinion.
    The opinion polls presented by Rial-Politik regarding the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ do not address or deal with the constitutional issues of the subject matter, but rather concentrate on whether such a move is appropriate, given the sensitivities associated with ‘Ground Zero’ and the 9/11 attacks. In fact, all of the polls cited, when asking the same people whether they believe the organizers of the mosque have a right to build it in that location, came up with a similar majority of the American people saying that indeed the mosque organizers have such a right under our Constitution.
    As to your assertion that the mosque in discussion is ‘devoted to peace’, you may want to learn more about the person who’s driving this project. See http://rialpolitik.typepad.com/rialpolitik/2010/08/all-the-presidents-people-imam-feisal-abdul-rauf.html

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