In just a short while, the President of the United States will come out and make a speech. It is called the State of the Union speech. He will be addressing Legislative Branch, the Judicial Branch, his own Executive Branch, the military and the American public. In ages past, this speech was to let the people in government, and thereby translated down to the people they represent, how the country is doing. It was a way to let them know what was being done to continue or correct the path America was taking. It was a speech about America.
But in recent decades, and most especially now in the age of the Internet and 24-hour news cycles, it has become something else. The people KNOW what the State of the Union is. They KNOW what is and is not working. They KNOW that those in charge really have no clue as to what they want. And even if they did, they weren't going to listen to a bunch of citizens who just can't grasp the concept of governing.
Of late, the speech has become just another chance in a long succession of such speeches to tell everybody who is to blame for their current troubles. Of late it has become both a political tool and a political barometer. It has become a way for politicians to tell more lies, make more promises they don't intend to keep, and show just how disconnected and clueless they truly are.
It has become a speech that even though . . .
Okay, got pulled away to deal with grandsons. And now the President's State of the Union Address is over. As I suspected, it fell way short of anything worthwhile. He spoke rhetoric, tried to convince the public he was more interested in bringing everyone in Congress together to work on the economy (didn't he say the stimulus / recovery trillions of dollars would do that?) and create jobs (which the only jobs the President or government can CREATE are government jobs, which just increases the size of government, does not spur growth and actually creates nothing but more spending).
Two years ago, the President was "handed a crisis." But what they libs and Dems won't say is that THEY created the crisis they love to blame George W. for. Now that the people have slapped them down this past November (and the months preceding), they want to play all nicey-nice. What hypocrisy.
But as usual, this is just one man's thoughts. I don't really care if you agree or disagree, I just want to to think for yourselves instead of mindlessly following what others tell you how to think. If I have done that, I have done my job. But, hey, this is just me, Thinking Out Loud.
Have a great day!