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.