Well, that was an hour of my life I’ll never get back.
I debated for most of the day whether or not I would even watch Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. I guess I should have gone with my gut instinct. Unfortunately, I talked myself into sitting through the president’s pointless dribble on the basis that I need to stay informed of what’s going on politically in the country. And that’s all it was — politics. That’s really all there is to Obama. Just politics. No real solutions. No willingness to work with Congress or abide by the Constitution.
Just politics. Divisive, partisan, flashy, egomaniacal, selfish, blind politics. Obama is truly one of the few people with the innate ability to ramble eloquently for over an hour and, in the end, say absolutely nothing of value.
Do you know how I can tell it was just pointless political rhetoric? Because nothing the president proposed will pass through the new Republican-controlled Congress anyway. So why even suggest something like $320 billion in tax increases spread across five different collective programs if you know Congress is just going to shoot it down? Seems a little silly. But, that’s our president. You see, he’s always been a great orator. He spent most of his pre-presidential career as a community organizer, making speeches and attending boring, droll meet-and-greet events. He never ran a town, a city, a business, not even so much as a 7-Eleven. Let’s face it — he was embarrassingly unprepared to assume the highest office in the land. And after almost seven years, it’s become all the more clear that he’s completely out of touch — not only with American values and needs, but with reality in general.
In fact, I almost LOL-ed when I heard Mr. Obama say: “No challenge — no challenge — poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change. 2014 was was the planet’s warmest year on record. Now, one year doesn’t make a trend, but this does: 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have fallen in the first 15 years of this century.”
I’m sure all the Democrats, leftists, progressives and liberals in the room got all sorts of warm-fuzzies when Obama mentioned climate change. I was half expecting Biden to reach over, grasp Boehner’s hand and lead everyone in some sort of ethereal Kumbaya song and dance. I’d pay good money to see that. I’m not sure what planet our president is living on these days. It must be a rather peaceful place far removed from Earth. I mean, if you see climate change (which is nothing more than a totally overblown and over-exaggerated liberal talking point) as a greater threat to our country than, oh, I don’t know, Islamic terrorism, you must be smoking some seriously good weed or you’re hanging out on that rock in space I like to refer to as “Obamatopia.” (Can’t you see the little white flag emblazoned with the letter “O” waving in the wind?) Here on planet Earth, lightyears from Obamatopia, Islamic radicals are hellbent on destroying the United States and killing as many Americans as possible. I’d say that qualifies as a threat. But, to admit this would be to admit that his foreign policy is a disaster of epic proportions. It would also mean admitting that there’s a strain of Islam that poses a clear and present danger to our nation. And that’s just too insulting to Muslims or too honest, right? So, it’s really no wonder that our president skirted the issue and never even mentioned Al Qaeda or ISIS in his address.
Those silly Islamic jihadis are beheading people, but man, those darn glaciers are starting to melt. I wonder what Obama thinks will happen to our ozone when an Islamic terrorist decides to detonate a nuclear bomb in central Manhattan or Chicago. Somehow I doubt people will be as worried about glaciers and plate tectonics and more concerned about the dangers of eating radioactive deep dish pizzas. Then again, there’s such an overwhelming and uninformed majority of Americans so hopelessly swayed by every word that Obama utters, that they’ll believe all of this malarky about global warming, solar output and the heartbreaking plight of the dung beetle. It’s sad, really. When did we become a society more focused on weather than terrorism? More focused on ice than ISIS? (Ah, see what I did there? I think I’ll write than one down.)
Indeed, in this Age of Progress, we’re to believe that climate change is of monumental importance and, apparently, so are associate’s degrees. That’s right. You just can’t live without one of those. In fact, they’re so important that, as I mentioned in a previous post, Mr. Obama believes they should be free. Free college for everyone! Huzzah! Well, free to everyone but the taxpayers, who will be forced to foot the bill for this pointless $60 billion idea. I knew the president would probably harp on this during his speech and, surprise, I was right. I won’t rant on it here because, well, I already did. (Click here.) It’s just yet another example of liberal progressivism run amok.
Am I the only American who misses the good ‘ol days when the State of the Union Address was actually about the state of the union? I guess it’s really no surprise that Obama felt a need to focus more on his liberal programs and plans than on the current state of our country — particularly when over 60 percent of Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. Obama might be able to say things like, “…the shadow of crisis has passed and the state of the union is strong,” but this rosy sentiment isn’t shared by the vast majority of Americans, many of who are still short on money and not at all optimistic about the future. And really, who can blame them? Even if the job market is improving and wages are going up, the president’s new tax increases will be taking more and more of your paycheck. So what’s the point of increasing wages or encouraging businesses to hire more employees?
“Hey, look! The economy is getting better! Start hiring workers! Wait, don’t look now because I’m going to increase your taxes to pay for all this crap I just proposed!”
Perhaps one of the most pointless and unnecessary focuses of Obama’s speech was his threat to veto any bill that conflicts with his radical socialistic agenda. I mean, hasn’t he been making this threat since he took office? Seriously, Mr. President, we get it. We get that you’ll veto anything that the Republicans crank out of Congress if it doesn’t coincide with what you want. We don’t need to hear that over and over. It’s pretty much assumed that you’ll do that. But, thanks for the reminder. I guess.
I’m not really sure what the president meant when he said, “Tonight, we turn the page.” I guess to Obama we’re all just characters in some book and he’s the author. It’s a little disturbing, really. And if the last couple of years are any indication of what’s to come in the next two, I worry about how this “chapter” will end. Maybe we should just shut the book here and now while we still can. This is all just classic Obama, really — spend an hour making a speech called “The State of the Union” and never talk about the actual state of the union. Just ramble on about liberal ideological ideas, expensive government programs and weather and never once touch on a real solution to a real problem.
This is, unfortunately, a very familiar place. You might recognize it. We’ve been here frequently over the last six years. It’s the place where over 31 million people watch the president say absolutely nothing of value, when he should just do us all a favor and not say anything at all.
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