Unlike other State of the Union speeches we have seen in recent years, Tuesday night’s message was uninspiring, lacking direction, vacuous and devoid of content. In his high-pitched and monotonous whining voice, Mr. Obama sounded like a schoolboy who had just been caught in an act deserving of corporal punishment, offering a pathetic and unbelievable excuse for his actions. He didn’t even sound as if he believed what he was saying, so I doubt that many others believed him either.
Surely, Obama must well realize that none of his initiatives will get a second hearing. If cooperation is one’s goal, accusing your opponents of being racists and religious bigots is not the best place to start. The folks he planted in the House of Representatives chamber to be examples of his successful health care reform and of Muslim good citizenship were not effective. He seemed to use the time most effectively to turn Congress and the public against himself.
Few of the Democrats present even took the opportunity to resound in applause of agreement of his plans. Vice President Biden could be seen telling House Speaker Paul Ryan that he didn’t know that he was to be the administration’s point man in finding a cure for cancer. Obama failed to address any of the issues that have most people’s attention at this time in our history¾protecting the nation from ISIS terrorists, halting illegal immigration, cutting taxes, repealing Obamacare and reducing government spending in order to stimulate the U.S. economy.
Any new extravagant spending plans like providing a two-year community college education to students at taxpayers expense, investing taxpayer dollars in alternative energy sources or throwing money at the red herring known as climate change are probably dead on arrival. Nevertheless, Obama dealt Republicans a hand of four aces in his speech.
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According to the latest Gallup polls, the top five issues Americans are most concerned about are health care, immigration, the national debt and deficit spending, moral decline and education. Closing Guantanamo, combating climate change, gun control, increasing the minimum wage, pension portability and improving our global image are nowhere on the list of top public issues, illustrating the depth of division that exists between the administration and the American people.
The Affordable Care Act has been a costly and miserable failure as anyone familiar with it can attest. The purported objective of making health care available to uninsured Americans has been a total failure. The number of uninsured Americans is virtually unchanged since 2008. The Affordable Care Act must be repealed if middle and lower class Americans are ever going to be able to purchase adequate care.
Democrats have no defense against claims they have permitted illegal immigration to flourish unabated. The fact that they are now pushing policies to allow illegal immigrants to acquire state driver’s licenses and opposing efforts to require that voters provide positive identification are clues that voter fraud is going to be a rampant threat in the 2016 election.
America has endured the longest recession in U.S. history, and there is no sign that real growth is ahead. Obama has created the most enormous increase in the national debt in history, and the economy cannot long bear the weight of this massive burden. Repealing Obamacare will be a start, but there must be cuts in wasteful government spending and the size of the federal government. Governments can be good servants of the people but they can also be ruthless tyrants.
The administration’s pandering to Planned Parenthood’s bloodlust and Hollywood’s depravity is another weakness of Democrat policies. America is not strengthened by diversity, but by unity despite diversity. Unity is our strength, but perversity is our weakness. Republicans need to end the sinister oppression and abuse caused by the LGBT agenda and squelch its screeching demands.
Now that the No-Child-Left-Behind Act has been superseded by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 to the delight of the National Education Association, testing will decline, thus, accountability will vanish. Public education will resume its long-running history of academic incompetence and programming children into the ways of the ungodly. Eliminating the Standards of Learning means that the people now have virtually no standard by which public education performance can be measured. Public schools will once again become indoctrination centers for fringe left-wing causes.
Republicans have an excellent opportunity to make real education reform by breaking the stranglehold that the teachers unions have over the futures of America’s children. They can accomplish this by busting the monopoly that these unions have used to avoid accountability for their dismal performance. But it’s a dangerous gambit to underestimate Republicans propensity to allow opportunities to evaporate right before their eyes.
We have another twelve months of this long national nightmare to endure and many terrible and destructive corruption eruptions may yet await the United States. The past seven years have provided us with another spectacular illustration of the truth of Proverbs 29:2: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”
I thank God we shall not have to groan through another State of the Union speech from this administration.
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