Despite claims to the contrary by former GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush in his column, the rise of #Donald Trump, who Justice Ginsburg called "fake," is not attributable to President Barack Obama or his administration. The fact of the matter is that the "divisiveness" of which Bush writes in his Washington Post column is a phenomenon that is more of a product of the divided and indecisive Congress than it is of the Obama Administration. Despite claims to the contrary by the GOP, both illegal immigration and unemployment are lower under Obama than they were under George W. Bush. Unemployment is down to 5% from 8% under Bush and the numbers of illegal immigrants down to 8 million from 12 million.
What's up with Congress?
Currently, the GOP led Congress, in both the House and the Senate, is the most inactive and inept Congress in modern times. The incompetence and low morale led to the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner in the Fall of 2015. Now, as we approach the Fall of 2016, the divisiveness, ineffectiveness and inaction of Congress are worse than they were under Boehner and there are no signs that things are going to improve.
The GOP-led Senate
The U.S. Senate currently is under the leadership of Kentucky GOP Senator Mitch McConnell. His leadership style is one of obstructiveness and inaction. If McConnell does not like a bill offered by a Democratic Party Senator, he simply obstructs, or blocks, the bill so that it does not make it out of the committee hearings. If the bill finally does make it out of the committee, McConnell takes measures to block the bill so that it will not be brought to the Senate Floor and there is no vote on the bill. Then McConnell blames Obama's leadership style for his own inaction and obstructiveness. A case in point is McConnell's total obstruction of Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. McConnell will not even allow hearings on Garland's nomination, let alone a Senate Floor vote.
Comparing approval ratings
If Obama's leadership style was divisive, as Bush describes it, his approval ratings would show it. In the last few months of his presidency, when most presidents' approval ratings are at their worst, Obama's approval rating is over 50%. When George W. Bush was in the last few months of his presidency, his approval rating was around 20%. If anything, it was George W. Bush who was a divisive president and the numbers reflect it.
Get real, Rudy
Jeb Bush is not the only one who is blaming Obama for everything that comes out of the kitchen sink. Former NYC (New York City) Mayor Rudy Giuliani is blaming Obama for Islamic attacks upon the United States, and claiming that there were no "significant" Islamic attacks upon the United States prior to the Obama Administration. It appears that Giuliani either forgot about the 9-11 Attack on the World Trade Center, or he remembered but did not consider the killing of over 3,000 people "significant."
Appealing to fear and hatred
Donald Trump's rise in popularity is due to his appeal to people's fears and hatred, and his simpleton solutions to America's problems that really don't solve anything, i.e., erecting a wall, not allowing Muslims into the United States, abolishing Obama Care, and making America "Great Again." The Trump phenomenon is due to the fact that 150 years after slavery was abolished in the United States, that a bigoted, despotic, and insane leader like Trump, or even Adolf Hitler, still can resonate with some Americans. It is sad but true. However, the numbers of people who vote for #Hillary Clinton will outnumber the Trump voters and America will have its first woman President in January.
In the final analysis, bigotry and racism will not prevail in the United States. America is better and bigger than any despot who would threaten the very principles upon which it is based. #Election 2016 will attest to this and reveal America's inclusiveness, open-mindedness and grace.