Obama Stands For What's Right In The Weakest Way Possible: 'Might Say Something' Against Muslim Registry

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History remembers those who risk it all to stand up for what's right -- regardless of the consequences.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Ghandi, and Nelson Mandela, for example, all stood up for what they believed in, even though it came at great cost to them personally.

And the most fondly remembered presidents were those who put their lives on the line to fight against injustice.

With that in mind, take a look at this clip of President Obama speaking on The Daily Show:

If you can't watch the video, this is what he said:

If I think core values of ours are being threatened...I will -- I have said this -- if I thought a Muslim registry was being set up that violates the Constitution and violates who we are and would make us less safe, because it'd make it easier for groups like ISIL to recruit and radicalize homegrown terrorists: I might have to say something about that...

If I saw DREAM Act kids -- young people who were brought here as children, who are for all intents and purposes Americans -- suddenly being rounded up contrary to who we are as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants I might have to say something about that...

The takeaway: if Obama sees the rise of fascism, his response would be to maybe say something? How bold.

If this were one isolated statement, it could be taken as just a rhetorical technique, but it is not. It is typical Obama.

For eight years, Obama has consistently backed equality, fairness, and justice in the weakest possible ways. Remember when he said this in 2007:

Understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain, when I'm in the White House, I'll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I'll walk on that picket line with you, as president of the United States of America.

Yet when a woman who was protesting Dakota Access Pipeline got her arm blown off, the best he could say was "we're going to let it play out for several more weeks." Only when it became an absolute political necessity for Obama to do something did he actually take some action -- knowing Trump would undo it.

What about Trump's request for a list of names of people who worked on climate change for the Department Of Energy? It is frighteningly reminiscent of the lead up to Stalin's purges.

But apparently it isn't bad enough for Obama to "say something." In fact, Obama has said nearly nothing about any of Trump's overreaches -- to the point where Politico called Obama's strongest criticism of Trump "rap[ping] Trump's knuckles."

And what about the DREAMers? Obama claims he will "say something" if Trump rounds them up.

Well, that's sure to scare Trump.

This is the same Obama who wasn't even willing to help the DREAMers during most of his own presidency: few remember that his administration deported more people than any administration in American history; it was only after progressive groups forced his hand did he change course.

The problem with Obama is that he doesn't just wait until it's politically expedient to stand up for something; he waits until nearly all debate on an issue has been settled, and then he steps up in the most timid way possible.

Unfortunately, now is a critical time in our history -- a time in which we could go down a very dangerous road.

And he's one of the few people with the power to act.

It's far too late to "say something." If Obama wants to be remembered positively by history, his chance to take action is now -- and the window is rapidly closing.

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