I have seen many of our presidents over the decades “show backbone” when some foreign thug tried to threaten the United States or its interest. Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait comes to mind, or the Bay of Pigs, or our counterattack on the Taliban. All of those, of course, involved deployment of American military might against some formidable threat.
Presidents have, of course, stood up for the American people, but perhaps never to this degree.
Members of Congress don’t get to hold our democracy or our economy hostage over a settled law. They don’t get to kick a child out of Head Start if I don’t agree to take her parents’ health insurance away.
That’s why I won’t pay a ransom in exchange for reopening the government…or raising the debt ceiling.
Here is a U.S. president that recognizes that a poor child inside the United States has rights worth defending, that providing health insurance for 48 million Americans is a good thing for at least those 48 million Americans, whether Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Michele Bachmann like it or not.
Destroying the world economy for ideological ideals of a minority inside the United States is a ludicrous proposition and I am proud of Obama for being up to the task.