President Obama took a trip to Milan, Italy this week and he laid down some cold, hard truths for America’s liberals, telling us why we deserve Donald Trump and Paul Ryan and all of their reverse Robin Hood work of stealing from everyone to give to the rich.
Eschewing a tie for a more fashion forward country, Obama told the Milan audience:
“People have a tendency to blame politicians when things don’t work, but as I always tell people, you get the politicians you deserve,” Obama explained while the audience applauded. “And if you don’t vote and you don’t pay attention, you’ll get policies that don’t reflect your interest.”
Obama also told the audience that often times a mistake activists make “is not engaging people once they get attention.”
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While it sounds a bit harsh to say that we deserve the wannabe dictator Donald Trump, it’s actually not too surprising coming from the man who began his political career as a community organizer. Obama has always realized the importance of civic engagement for everyone, not just for the people running for office.
We live in a country where fewer than two-thirds of the people vote during presidential elections. In local elections (arguably the most important), turnout plummets to an embarrassing one-fifth of the population.
There are some positive signs, though, which Obama spoke about just a few days after Trump was inaugurated.
Former president Barack Obama said he’s “heartened” by American civic engagement, following a weekend of spontaneous protests in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order related to immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
“Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake,” Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said Monday in a written statement.
Obama’s message, as always, is that yes, our democracy can be saved. The catch, though, is that we have to get off our collective asses to do it.
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