Well, in case you missed it, Tuesday night we seem to have had a State of the Union address before our Congress, both houses – no, no, houses of Congress, not the other, although I understand the confusion – the Senate and the House of Representatives. Oh yeah, and also some American people watching via television, including those who had given up trying to find their usual dumbed-down sitcom. But no problem, they got hooked on the dumbed-down State of the Union presentation, even funnier than the replaced sitcoms. In fact a good part of our citizenry is anxiously waiting for next week’s episode. Like the sitcoms, they think the State of the Union address was real.
Sadly, or better still, not sadly, such is not the case. The president’s mostly rehash of what he’s said in previous State of Union fairytales, wasted about an hour and a half time on all networks.
Of course our Barack is not the first President to deal in fairytales during the address. A recent President, noted in his own time for being a convincing congenital liar, used to promise billions of dollars of goodies to Americans, an "I can feel your pain" look on his face, and repeat much the same the following year. Like any rotten/successful professional politician, figured correctly few would remember yesterday’s news.
Back to Tuesday night. Sorry, I have to. Did you know, most of our presidents have sent written State of the Union comments to the Senate and House. In fact, Jimmy Carter did this, understandably since, except for the time he was attacked by a bunny, he liked to find a warm spot in the White House, where the light from the window was good, and hunker down. For those whose memory is going south, or were not with us then, President Carter asked Americans to conserve energy, because oil prices were sky high (along with interest rates while the economy was down in the pits.
He emphasized the situation by speaking to the nation from the Oval Office, a look of gloom on his face as he told his fellow Americans their lives had to change. And to demonstrate he was doing his part, He started wearing cardigan sweaters in a cold White House as he went around turning off lights, thus the need for a good flow of natural light via windows. He also placed a solar panel on the roof of the White House, which was never used and finally removed by Ronald Reagan.
As for the attack of the bunny, the president once courageously fought off an attack from a vicious bunny swimming toward him while he was in a boat. He fought off the beast with an oar. Unfortunately for him, photos exist.
Now back to Tuesday night. Trying to avoid that, but must keep up some appearance of professionalism. The U.S. Constitution requires, “The President shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” For those few who know of a U.S. Constitution, that requirement can be found under Article II, Sec. 3. For those who have never heard of said Constitution, no matter, it’s no longer relevant.
On Tuesday night President Obama read beautifully from his teleprompters, Fidel and Che. Credit where credit is due. The message did include the usual abundance of I, I, I, I, etc., with a few me, me, me and my, my, my, thrown in. One has to expect that. After all, we are talking about you know who. Hope no one ever tells him about the royal manner of referring to oneself in the third person. Good grief.
And what did all of this impressive talk add up to, you ask. Not much. Actually, nothing. There was no there there.
Of course the man did not get around to the real state of the union, occasionally repeating what he has said in past presentations. He did let us know in one way or another that the prior administration and the free market system were responsible for our economic mess, and pledged he would not allow the country to return to the economic policies that had created the crisis. Lots of applause there.
And of course he has saved the automobile industry. Wonder if he has checked the Volt sales recently. Big problem about the Volt it seems. Car occasionally likes to burst into flames. Kind of a downer.
Basically the president let us know yet one more time he had saved the country, and that under his leadership America is on a roll, that the bad guys must do their fair share, and so forth. He praised our military, that is according to him successful because of teamwork. And this same teamwork is what made America great, we built this country as a team, “no one built this country on their own.” Other than the fact the last part of the preceding statement is grammatically incorrect, the president seems to have forgotten, on purpose of course, that the truth is this nation was built by individuals, individualism. Sure teamwork is important when necessary, but it was the individual spirit of men and women which made this country the greatest in recorded history, greatest because of a republic form of government where all power resides with individual citizens who allow certain restricted powers to be given to government in order to guarantee individual liberties for all.
Most of the speech had to do with all sorts of potential federal programs, meaning more and more federal rules and regulations, more and more federal bureaucracy, more and more public employees. And then there is the real goal with Barack Obama, more and more control of the American people. Control means power, power means control. He forgot to mention that.
In this fairytale of a speech, one question begs, begs to be answered. Why did the president fail to emphasize his greatest achievement, at least up to this time. Believe me, he has more in mind for us. After all, this one great achievement, historical really, was the reason our president did not solve all our problems during his first two years when Democrats controlled the Congress. He was too busy achieving this one great achievement.
You might recall President Obama told us he knew of 100 shovel ready projects out there, somewhere, ready to shovel as soon as he became president. Evidently these projects had to be put on hold so the great achievement could be achieved. Somewhere there undoubtedly is a huge government warehouse, packed with thousands of shovel-ready shovels, ready to shovel.
The historical Obama achievement is of course the 2700 pages of legalese mumbo jumbo known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. One would think this mother of all control of the people would dominate the state of our union. And of course our president is not one to deflect an opportunity for self-aggrandizement.
Why was Obamacare ignored? Who knows. Perhaps it’s because most Americans don’t want it. Perhaps it’s because of all the lies the president told us about it before it was muscled through Congress, followed by Nancy Pelosi’s victory walk. Undoubtedly one reason is because Obamacare will be argued before the Supreme Court soon and with any luck will be judged unconstitutional.
But no worry about silly unconstitutional decisions, our Barack will just by executive order declare Medicaid for everyone, cradle to grave. It will even cover the cradle and the grave.
I will finish this article with one statement made by the president in the address. If you believe the following, then you do believe in fairytales.
"I am a Democrat. But I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed, that government should do for people what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more."