War in Syria increasing, not decreasing (see Syria shot down Israeli jet). War coming soon in Korea (special ops currently training to take out NorK nuclear program). The only agenda is the MIC agenda. Domestic politics is mere distraction.
Syria didn't shoot down an Israeli plane - Israel denied it and I trust Israel more than Syria.
Anyways, I think the point you are making is that foreign policy is more important than domestic policy, and I disagree. Domestic policy is more important electorally speaking; foreign policy only matters when it's contextualized in how it impacts constituents. People simply care about how their daily lives are impacted, not about what happens 2, 3 thousands miles away.
No objection to who sets foreign policy agenda, though.
And no, unfortunately, the ACA was one of the first term reasons I opposed Obama .. for signing it, he didn't write it. Those who wrote it, many got forced out in the 2010 elections.
I used ACA as an example to illustrate the contradiction between hoping Obama succeeds and hoping Trump succeeds, for it translates into supporting ACA and supporting its repeal.
ACA is imperfect legislation because Dems always try to play a fair game. They take government seriously. They seek to govern. One of the characteristics of government is compromise. GOP seeks to rule. They do not believe in government. Let me illustrate. The characteristics of a law is that it passes Congress and is signed by president, then a couple of years later Congress passes a technical fix to said law, and more changes a few years later down the road when it is reauthorized. That's similar to a tech company rolling out a new product, then repeatedly rolling out fixes, patches, updates, etc. to fix any loopholes or unforeseen problems/bugs.
When Bush's Medicare Part D plan had a disastrous rollout, Democrats bailed it out
. When Obama's health care legislation passed through, GOP pointed at the problems and screamed "repeal and replace" for six straight years while doing all they can to discredit/destroy/defund the law
, ignoring both liberal and
conservative fixes. Some fixes just required a simple language change, like the glitch about the family of an employee with employer coverage losing government healthcare subsidies. GOP wanted to hurt the president and in the process hurt millions of Americans. They did so attacking what essentially is a Republican health care law (ACA largely based on Romney MA health care plan), just because this health care law is an achievement for the Obama administration. Never in the history of the United States do I recall such opposition to a piece of legislation, or perhaps I am just not knowledgeable enough.
Now the repeal and replace effort culminated in Trumpcare, a worse version of ACA. Instead of fixing imperfect law, they made it even worse.
I may not consider ACA a top piece of health care legislation, or a stepping stone towards single payer, but it surely beats the hell out of any GOP proposals and it adds some safeguards for those most vulnerable.