The theatrics surrounding the State of the Union address provided some entertainment. An empty chair, Little Sisters of the Poor, a Syrian refugee, and Kim Davis were all being used to make a statement. In some regards, there may have been more substance in those nonverbal statements than many of the words used throughout the night by both the President of the United States and Nikki Haley in the Republican response.
The President assured us at the end of the speech that the State of the Union is strong. I sincerely want to believe that, but outside of the Beltway I am not sure it is true. It is my perception that we are struggling on many fronts: economically, morally, and in diplomatic relations.
I think life is good for our career politicians. Their predominant worry is just maintaining enough name recognition and popularity to keep getting re-elected each time their term ends. The economic climate for the majority of the population outside the Beltway is not quite as rosy.
Morally, all you have to do is look at what was celebrated last night during the speech to get a glimpse of the moral decay in our culture. Was the issue of same-sex marriage mentioned multiple times because Kim Davis was in the audience?
Diplomatic relations--it is perceived by many that we are not doing well in dealing with our allies or our enemies throughout the world. Iran made quite a statement yesterday before the speech to give us a particular perspective in regard to our standing on the world stage.
What did I learn from watching the speech and the Republican response? I can’t say I learned anything new. It just reinforced some of the concerns already entrenched in my thinking. We are a nation in desperate need of solid leadership. Reading words from a teleprompter can provide glowing rhetoric if delivered well, and this is one area where President Obama generally shines. However, last night brought very little inspiration or hope. Unfortunately, the Republican response was also short on substance.
Talking in vague generalities by both parties makes it appear that there is very little difference between being a Republican and Democrat. President Obama has made it clear that Democrats are pro-abortion. Nikki Haley did nothing to refute that from a Republican perspective. The Planned Parenthood videos should be enough to haunt the consciences of all those who voted to continue to fund this organization with our tax dollars. Silence from Nikki Haley spoke volumes.
It was bad enough that the President chose to ignore the capture of ten of our sailors by Iran, but Nikki Haley chose not to address it either. It appears that we do not have leaders willing to address something as significant as this event because they didn’t have time to program it into the teleprompter. Are you serious?
We are a nation deeply divided, and that was a regret mentioned by the president. Sadly, he seemed to place the blame on the American people for electing people unwilling to compromise. At some point the concept of having a phone and a pen may sink in as to why we are divided.
What were some thoughts being expressed on the internet last night and today?
Glenn Beck said that this will not be President Obama’s final State of the Union address. He thinks it was early enough in January this year that President Obama can justify giving it again next year before he leaves office rather than allowing the new president to give it as has been customary. I guess we will find out next year.
Some of the conspiracy websites claim that the president won’t leave office at all next year. A state of emergency will be declared and martial law will be put in place. The election will be put on hold and Mr. Obama will stay in office. I think Dr. Ben Carson has also expressed similar concerns in the past.
Other websites claim that Mr. Obama has his sights set much higher. He wants to take over the United Nations and gain world power rather than simply being in charge of a single nation.
if you flip to the other side of the coin there are many who think this presidency has been the greatest thing since sliced bread. The accolades have been flowing for seven straight years among the leftist media outlets.
I am not going to jump on the bandwagon of any of these theories being floated out there. I will take a “wait and see” approach. After all, we the people have very little voice left in the process. The presence of the Little Sisters of the Poor at the State of the Union speech demonstrates the loss of our rights one step at a time. Who would have ever dreamed that a religious order of celibate nuns would be forced to provide contraception by the federal government of the United States of America? Is it truly a government of “we the people”?
Overall, Mr. Obama is proud of his accomplishments. Some of the pundits labeled this final State of the Union speech as a “victory lap” for the president. I think a "victory lap" is well-deserved. Indeed, the president said at the beginning of his presidency that he was out to fundamentally change America. I would have to say that he has kept that promise.