State of the Union

Suzann Darnall

In some ways State of the Union (SOTU) is a more fitting title for the speeches Obama gives than I ever could have thought. Not because he actually tells us much about how our country is faring, but because all he really cares about is his never-ending campaigning and that is largely reliant on how happy his union organizers are with him.

For the most part though, Obama's SOTU's have been fairy tales. Unrealistic stories, devoid of facts, about how he wants us to view his accomplishments in his ideal never-never land of a perpetual taxpayer funded welfare-state where everyone has been dragged down to the lowest rung of the ladder and government has taken everything from everyone . . . except what you really need, as decided by bureaucrats.

Since this week's news was sort of devoted to the SOTU, I decided to go ahead and go with the flow and do my own casual interviewing about what people thought of Obama's latest presentation of the same ol' same ol' that he presents several times a week and just makes an extra long version of for such head of state occasions at the State or the Union Address. As I suspected from before he opened his mouth, if was the usual clich├ęs, catch phrases, class warfare rhetoric, and liberal dribble that he always spews. So, I'll not waste any time on analysis or further state my opinion, I'll just share what I got from folks with my questions.

What I asked, by phone, through email, and on Facebook, was, "So, did anyone watch the State of the Union Address? If so, what did you think? If not, did you watch any of the rebuttal or other coverage? If you did not watch the SOTU Address, why not?" In response I got the following replies:

"Did NOT watch! Could not stomach another of Obama's political speeches encouraging class warfare. Meant to watch the Republican rebuttal but were in middle of a movie and we forgot to switch over. Did watch analysis of it on Fox News."

"I did not watch it. I knew it was just more of the old bologna. In fact, I cannot stand to listen/watch him. He disgusts me so much. Instead, I watched Hardcore Pawn and Storage Hunters. I have listened to Rush and Hannity. I know I did not miss anything. I no longer watch any of the network news, ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN. I have stuck with FOX. I did like the rebuttal by the former gov. of IN. think his name is Daniels."

"I do not have cable therefore, did not watch. And probably would not have watched anyways b/c I can't stand Obama and did not want to see him either:
1) Do a whole lotta talking without saying too much
- or -
2) See his mouth open without anything coming out."

"I'll bite. Nope. I get the highlights from news coverage the next day. As to why not, I have watched them on and off since I was 12, and have become too cynical. Regardless of which party POTUS belongs too, the SOTU is lots of shallow rhetoric with little substance on how to get things done, with POTUS's party cheerleading enthusiastically while the other side sulks. It is even worse in an election year when there are 10 more months of this to suffer through. So I prefer to get the Cliff's Notes version."

"I would say exactly what {above person} said. He hit the nail on the head."

"I don't watch it. I can't stand to watch him. I can't stand to hear him 'cause it's just one lie after another. He wouldn't know the truth if it hit him in the face."

"I did not watch all of the SOTU. I burned out as the lies overpowered the truth. When he said Warren Buffet's secretary paid more taxes than Buffet, that's an absolute lie. He did not mention percentages. I watched Mitch Daniels' rebuttal and it was exceptional. The best rebuttal I've ever seen. He was exciting. Obama was deplorably boring."

These pretty much seem to sum up how many feel about not only Obama, but the SOTU. Obama is much disliked among the folks I know and the SOTU has come to signify just another political hack event. Kind of sad that has happened, but not surprising. So, it was not at all unexpected to find how few had watched anything at all about the SOTU.

Some said it was because of work or other events and they did not even care to watch follow-up shows about it. Many are fed up with Obama being on camera just about every single day with more of the class warfare. Others are just fed up with politics in general, 'cause they feel no one is going to make things better any time soon.

Well, although I share some of their disgust and despair, I want to encourage y'all to look for a bit of light shining on the hill. As Ronald Reagan said, "America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere". We can only keep this country shining as that beacon guiding folks to freedom if we get out and vote, and we vote in people who share our dream of an America based on the principles of our found fathers. A country guided in the laws built on our Constitution.

Don't give up on America. Fight for our country. Fight for your rights. Let's lead the charge to get real hope and change in government. Vote Conservative. Real Conservatives. The kind who think the Constitution matters. Candidates that want to move government out of our way. Candidates that believe it is our income, not their tax revenues.

But, let's not lose sight of the ultimate goal. Removing Barack Obama from the presidency! Which may mean we unite behind a less than perfect candidate, but we unite nonetheless! When push comes to shove we need to vote a straight Republican ticket, no matter who heads it up! GOP all the way!!! Get as many Democrats out of office as possible, then worry about the fine-tuning of what to do next.

© Suzann C. Darnall, JANUARY 2012

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