Perhaps it’s presidents running down the whole laundry list of issues, but it seems to me the last dozen or so State of the Union speeches by presidents could put a galaxy of insomniacs to sleep.
Originally, the State of the Union was the president talking to Congress. Now we all know no one from the Senate or the House is going to move a new inch by anything the president says in his speech.
It’s just a dog and pony show. It’s also a chance for the president to talk to the television audience. That’s the real event. The president’s on TV.
It’s a stage play and it closes the night it opens. The script is always too long. It should have been cut by nine-tenths in rehearsals.
The droning of the laundry list is, of course, a reflection of the fact that big government has its paws and nose in every facet of our lives. I was waiting for Obama to talk about an adequate supply of toilet paper and paper towels in public-park restrooms, and the danger of pictures of guns brought to school.
And how about those unsightly vegetable gardens growing on front lawns? Would he bring in the FBI and the ATF and DHS to solve that problem?
Would he push for free sex-change operations for all college students? Radioactive body scanners in coffee shops? I think the system for assigning names to hurricanes and blizzards should be subjected to a task-force study.
When tonight Obama said the only way to make progress was for us all to work together, he didn’t just mean the Congress. He meant the American people, aka the television audience. But I’ve never understood that idea. What are we all working together to accomplish? What’s the program? Giving away more of our income to the federal government? Agreeing to more surveillance of our movements? Supporting the invasion of more countries? Refraining from photographing the police making arrests? Restricting our Facebook posts to happy faces and rainbows?
Are we all working together to surrender our guns in exchange for movie tickets and candy? Are we pretending to be overjoyed that the federal government wants to force everyone to get vaccinated and eat GMO food, and take SSRI antidepressants that demonstrably cause people to go crazy and kill others? Is that it?
Are we somehow working together to print endless amounts of money? Are we working together to push the percentage of Americans collecting free government money from 40 percent to 60 percent? Is that the glorious goal?
Are we working together to give money to alternative-energy companies so they can go broke and declare bankruptcy? Are we working together to protect and defend the World Trade Organization, so ravenous mega-corporations can export jobs to China and roam the global landscape, raping and pillaging resources and labor?
Are we working together to accept Obamacare, which will steadily eliminate natural-health alternatives and enroll more people in a medical system that kills 225,000 people (actually a lot more) every year like clockwork? Is that the goal?
Are we working together to pretend we have two very different major political parties in the country, instead of one party with two heads?
Are we working to assure that no bankster is ever sent to prison for scamming the American people out of trillions of dollars?
Are we working together to take guns away from people who would only use them to defend themselves and their families against criminals, while at the same we work to ignore gang violence stemming in part from the fact that Mexican drug cartels use these gangs as subcontractors, under the protection of the federal government?
Are we working together to imagine that our troops are really fighting wars to protect and defend the nation?
Are we working together to hide the fact that, although interest rates are artificially low, we’re spending more and more money every month to buy what we need to survive?
Are we working together to hamstring every small business in America with red tape and taxes?
Are we working together to ignore the absurd insanity called climate-change science, so the government can install carbon taxes and penalties and lop the top off of American industry?
Are we all working together to frame attractive free incentive packages for unlimited numbers of immigrants who come to America, while untold numbers of Americans are going hungry every night, and people can’t find jobs anywhere? Is that the objective? Destabilization of society, under the cynical guise of humane gift-giving?
Are we working to dream that when the president says he’s going to focus on jobs in his second term, this means he’s actually going to do more than squint at the sun?
Are we working to find more foreign enemies we can invade, as our military advance teams pave the way for imperial corporations and continue to launch some sort of ridiculous “surround Russia” operation?
Are we all working together to drown the Third World in “free” medical drugs and vaccines that destroy immune systems, rather than cleaning up contaminated water supplies and installing simple sanitation systems (at a millionth of the cost of the drugs)?
Are we all working together just “to work together” and continue the fine tradition of destroying the nation from the inside?
That’s what I thought. Yes, that’s what I thought.
Hell of a speech, Mr. President. You and GW and Bill and Bush the Elder and Ronnie and Jimmy and Gerry and Nixon really know your laundry lists. You talk, and the government gets bigger. It’s magic.
There’s always more to do and the government has to make it happen. Otherwise, what are you there for?
I ask myself that question all the time. I’m still looking for an answer, other than, “We’re all in this together.”
Who is this WE you keep taking about? And what is this TOGETHER? You mean we who are watching on television and you who are talking on television? You mean you who are slicing the Constitution into little pieces while ridiculing it as a Neanderthal document? You mean you who are covert agents of Globalism? You mean you who have been vetted to make sure you’re on board with the op to take American down into a planetary management system that will bring a thousand years of peace to people made over into androids?
That’s what I thought.
You talk and the government gets bigger. You bankroll education and students are brainwashed into “uplifting social themes,” and become more dumb. You talk and the state-corporate media strain themselves into hernias to praise your erudition or passion. You talk and thousands of lobbyists who have the inside track on your souls parse your words and plan their new strategies. You talk and the American people desperately try to imagine you’re making a grain of sense. You talk and the winds blow and the snow falls and Somebody Actually Important, at a much higher level of the Mob, pats you on your shoulder and folds you up like a puppet and drops you in his pocket and walks upstairs to the Residence and puts you to sleep.
Asleep, you dream of a strange and alien thing: the freedom and power and independence of the individual. For you, it’s a nightmare.
This article was banned on Facebook. See if it gets deleted on here.
Banned? Bullshit. If that's our "call to arms" or whatever, it's a shitty one. Writers in the past were so much more eloquent. I read that in Ted Nugent's voice.
You must not speak of Dear Leader in this fashion. Dear Leader and his sheeple will delete this. Dear Leader and his sheeple will not condone this. Dear Leader and his sheeple will flambe your children and eat them for dinner. Dear Leader and his sheeple will discuss drone attacks on you while on the golf course. Dear Leader and his sheeple will arm themselves while advocating gun control. Dear Leader and his sheeple know what is best for you.
I love his writing style, R4, and just because someone's posted his article on Nugent's website doesn't mean he's promoting a "call to arms".
[quote]Are we working together to imagine that our troops are really fighting wars to protect and defend the nation?
[quote]Are we working to find more foreign enemies we can invade, as our military advance teams pave the way for imperial corporations and continue to launch some sort of ridiculous “surround Russia” operation?
[quote]Are we all working together to drown the Third World in “free” medical drugs and vaccines that destroy immune systems, rather than cleaning up contaminated water supplies and installing simple sanitation systems (at a millionth of the cost of the drugs)?
How is that calling to arms?
This exposé is more propaganda filled than the propaganda it intents to exploit.
Clicking on this link sends me to a McAfee site advising me that it's a security risk.
Thanks for trying to dump malware on my computer, asshole.
This OP-provided ramble was duller than Gerald Ford's worst State-of-the-Union speech.
It also was pompous demagoguery with enough misstatements to warrant a "liar" call-out, only decent people don't to that to fools, much less presidents.
Fuck off, OP. You are a bigger bore and asshole than any president has EVER been.
I voted for Obama because he was the Democratic candidate. I have to confess that I was a John Edwards supporter. Obviously, although I may be a good judge of politics, I'm a horrible judge of character. Like everyone else, I had no idea what his private life was like. But the reason I was a John Edwards supporter was because of his mention that there are a lot of poor people in America.
I was surprised at how many really smart people just imagined Obama. It isn't even that he said things and then didn't do them. I mean, he did do that — all candidates do that. But truthfully, he never seemed to me to be terribly liberal. He seemed to me to be basically a yuppie!
It was literally a romance. That's exactly what you do in romances. That is the only way you can fall in love! You can not fall in love with someone you know. That is impossible. So here comes this stranger, and they appeal to you in certain ways, and then all of your fantasies you project onto them. And Obama was very unknown for a presidential candidate — and everyone fell in love with him. I did not fall in love with him. So I examined him more closely and I decided, "This guy is a yuppie!" I didn't loathe him. But I didn't hear him talk about poor people; there's a lot of things I didn't hear him talk about. And I understand why he didn't talk about certain things, but I wish he had. He broke promises, but they all break promises.
So when I say I didn't vote for Obama with a lot of fervor, the fervor that I had was to not have John McCain be the president. And the fervor I have now is to not have Mitt Romney be the president. I don't think Obama's been a horrible president, I just think he hasn't been the president of a lot of people's dreams, including mine.
And I think the things he's done are in keeping with our coming to know who he is. He is very much a résumé guy. You see that. And that is common in people who come from nowhere. That's how they judge everything. That is the down side of coming from nowhere. They don't have the luxury of judging people individually, so all these markers – "He went to Yale, he went to Harvard" — those things are of central importance to someone like Obama. But if you've known enough of these people in your lifetime, you know it's pretty meaningless.
And the thing I like about Obama is that he came out of nowhere. . . .The only thing I liked about Clinton was that he came out of nowhere, and that's what I liked about Obama. The problem with people who come out of nowhere is that they use very blunt markers for people. If you come from Arkansas, the fact that someone went to Harvard is immensely meaningful. Because compared to everyone in Arkansas, that's really a big deal. But if you've known people like this, you know that there are people who go to Harvard who are morons. There are people who go to Harvard because their grandfather went there. . . . Lots of them, not just a couple of them. And that, by the way, being a great student doesn't make you a great genius. So Obama is like that, because how else would he judge those kind of people?
I mean, to me, one of the great things about Franklin Roosevelt was that during the Second World War, he called the presidents of the big companies in the United States into his office and yelled at them. And said that if there is price gouging, I'm closing you down. And he knew these people. The president of US Steel comes in to see Franklin Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt thinks, "Here comes Stinky! Who sat next to me in Latin class at Groton and tried to copy off my paper!" But someone like Clinton or Obama goes, "Oh my God, the president of US Steel is coming to my office!" That to me is the downside of coming from nowhere. That might be — I don't know, I don't know Obama — but that would be a more logical explanation for Timothy Geitner and Larry Summers. Who in my opinion should not have been within a billion miles of this financial crisis that they helped create. Robert Rubin! These people should be in prison! They shouldn't be in the Oval Office advising the president!
Good writing, Fran!
I love Fran.
OP feels that eating more organic sweet potatoes, and Basmati rice will cure breast cancer and AIDS....oy.