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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

State of the Union shows the cluelessness of Washington

President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address tonight.

What he says does not matter; it is who he invites that counts. His biggest guest of honor is an empty chair. It represents gun deaths in America. Never mind that two-thirds of gun deaths are voluntary -- suicides -- and that half of the others are inner city shootouts in gun control cities run by Democrats. Crybaby president wants his gun control now, now, now.

Most Americans not only oppose gun control but are bored of the topic. Move along. Gun owners have theirs and will for the next generation. It's become a settled matter again, much like abortion.

Not to be outdone in stupidity, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is bringing Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than do her job and issue a gay marriage license. Obama will counter with Jim Obergefell, who sued to get the Supreme Court to ignore the Constitution and make gay marriage the law of the land -- except it is not a law. You can repeal a law. This is another constitutional amendment passed 5-4 by political appointees who have lifetime job security. The average age is 75. That means on average, they reached puberty before there was a thing called rock and roll.

Obama also will have a Syrian refugee to show that not every Muslim immigrant wants to rape or kill you. That's nice. Likewise a Mexican immigrant who joined the Army to get a green card will be there. That too is nice.

Republicans have invited the Little Sisters of the Poor, who do good work. Instead of honoring these nuns, the United States government is in court trying to get the  Supreme Court to strip them of their right to freedom of religion and force them to provide artificial contraception for their employees, against their beliefs. Every American should be ashamed.

And so it goes. A host of social issues will be symbolized.

But a balanced budget? Hello? Haven't had one of those in 15 years. Presidents and Senates have been too busy playing with social issues to do their job. The world is in the crapper, and these guys are scaring nuns and rearranging the empty deck chairs.


  1. I read that CAIR is also invited. If I had my druthers, I'd put it to a vote: Discontinue State of the Union speeches? YES or NO

    I would vote YES. Discontinue this propaganda tool once and for all. - Elric

  2. George Orwell once said something to the effect that the thought of a government mandate that two plus two equals five (and people wholeheartedly subscribing to that mandate) frightened him more than the hydrogen bomb.

    Of course, that fear is addressed in the scene in "1984" where O'Brien uses electric shocks to persuade Winston Smith of the justice of the government's position in the matter.

    Same-sex marriage is a non-issue in the minds of even many conservatives, and I agree that, as an issue of immediate importance, it seems insignificant in comparison to economic/budgetary issues, which directly affect the fraying safety net, the stresses placed on larger society by large numbers of immigrants and refugees, terrorist activity on several continents and the impending development of nuclear weaponry by hostile foreign powers.

    Nevertheless, the stubborn fact is that whatever a homosexual coupling is, it cannot be a marriage as that term as historically been understood, just as two plus two cannot equal five, as that word has been historically understood.

    In a larger sense then or in an Orwellian sense, the myth -- mandated by the government and acknowledged by a majority of the Western population -- that a homosexual coupling might amount to a marriage might be the most frightening development of all.

  3. "Ask not what your country can do for you ..." was the last true SOTU address as intended. The addresses have gradually deteriorated since and the absolute worse SOTU will be given by the next president (no matter the gender or party affiliation of person giving it). This is what 'Merica has become. Undone not by Rs or Ds but individuals who bow to $ .. and yes the $ comes just as much from the left as it does from the right side of political leanings.

  4. "Ask not what your country can do for you" was focus-group tested rhetoric, and it was hardly an original sentiment. Is there any doubt that had JFK lived and won re-election, he would have burdened American taxpayers with his own Great Society?

  5. "This is another constitutional amendment passed 5-4 by political appointees who have lifetime job security. The average age is 75. That means on average, they reached puberty before there was a thing called rock and roll."

    A Constitutional Convention is needed to fix that. No lifetime tenure for Federal judges. One 19 or 21 year fixed appointment and then it's aloha, adios, auf wiedersehen, sayonara, au revoir, arrivederci, and don't let the door hit you in the keister on the way out.

  6. Haul a guillotine out on the Mall in DC and just leave it there.

  7. I am opposed to gun control as far back as the 1934 laws. I think people that commit suicide will always find a method. Getting rid of every gun on the planet would not stop suicide. But you are misinformed if you think that suicide is voluntary.

    Depression is a disease. I watched it destroy a family member over a decade. In the end, they did kill themselves, but there was nothing voluntary about it.