Last month I suggested in a column that many Republicans, including those in Congress and other political offices, were united by hate in their opposition to President Obama.As you might guess, the backlash was swift and fierce, with most saying that hate was too harsh a word. And besides, some said, they didn’t hate the man, they hated his policies.By the way, most insisted, their dislike for the president had nothing to do with his race. Further proof that conservative leaders in Washington, to appease a segment of their constituency, display utter contempt for the current resident of the White House was demonstrated by what the House of Representatives did last week.On a strictly party-line vote of 225 to 201, the House approved a resolution giving Speaker John Boehner the power to sue the president, supposedly for over-reaching his constitutional authority by making executive decisions regarding the Affordable Care Act.How ridiculous is that?They vowed from the time this president was sworn into office that they would do everything possible to make him fail, and they have been persistent — even if it meant hurting the country and the people they represent in the process.But the suit is a new low. It is reactionary, mean-spirited and, yes, downright hateful.In fact, the president himself used the “h-word” in addressing the latest foolish antic from this do-nothing Congress.During a speech in Kansas City, Mo., he begged his congressional detractors: “Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on.”He went on to say, “I know they’re not happy that I’m president. I’ve only got a couple of years left. Come on, let’s get some work done. Then you can be mad at the next president.”Obama is right. About the only thing this Congress has succeeded in doing is fulfilling its obstructionist mission to block everything this president wants to do.As many in Congress blamed the president for the current “crisis” on the border and vowed to do something about it, they once again did what they’re best at: nothing. Although Republicans in the House struggled Friday to satisfy warring factions to come up with something on immigration before taking a summer recess, it was a futile exercise because the Senate already had adjourned until September.That means Obama once again will have to act because Congress did not.This Congress will go down as one of the most dysfunctional and the least effective (in terms of passing legislation into law) in history.Meanwhile, the hated president says he’ll keep working for the American people even if he gets no help from Congress.In one of his weekly addresses, Obama said, “So far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked every serious idea to strengthen the middle class. Lifting the minimum wage, fair pay, student loan reform — they’ve said no to all of it. And that’s when I’ve acted this year to help working Americans on my own — when Congress won’t act.”Instead, he said Congress is wasting the American people’s time and their “hard-earned tax dollars” by suing him.There are those who see the suit as a step toward impeachment, which some Republican commentators have called for. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Boehner’s action was caving in to “impeachment-hungry extremists.”The speaker has said impeachment was off the table but, as seen again last week, he can’t control his caucus.It seems, more often than not, the haters get their way.
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