State of the Union–Bah Humbug

There’s all this hype over the President’s State of the Union address delivery tomorrow.  Whose gonna break with tradition and sit across the aisle, which Supreme Court Justice is going to skip the event, and what the President is going to say.  Of the three, I give a fill-in-the-blank about one and one only.  There’s no rule that says member of Congress or the Supreme Court have to attend the SOTU.  Most do attend, and for some it’s the only they’re ever seen on television during primetime.  But who gives a fill-in-the-blank.

I am not of one these star struck folks still basking in the glow that is President Obama.  That ended a long time ago.  In fact, to be honest, I can do without the pomp and circumstance of the entire event including the pause for the applause and whose wearing what.

It’s really all bullshit—an elaborate production put on to take your focus away from the real issues at hand.

My idea of a break from tradition would be one where everyone walks in takes their seat, the President speaks, and everyone shuts the fuck up until the end.  I bet it wouldn’t take 45 minutes to an hour.  Eh—but that’s just me.

I don’t know about you, but I am less concerned with hearing a speech about what the President has done over the past two years and more concerned with what he’s going to do—and not just for big business and the middle class. For the forgotten category of people who don’t seem to make it into the discussion these days in Washington.

For me, it doesn’t matter how affordable and comprehensive health insurance is if you don’t have a job to help you pay for it.

And on the subject of jobs, I think we’re all tired of the lip service coming out of Washington.  Well, at least I am.

At the end of the day, the American people can’t be the country’s greatest resource to the folks in Washington when they can’t even get it together to make sure that we have all of the necessary things in place to survive—healthcare to stay alive and a job to pay for it.

I’m just saying.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • Chitown Kev

    LOL, On one hand, I get what you’re saying and agree with you, Jasmyne, on the other hand I have to confess that I do get kind of a kick out of these civic ritual types of things.

    Now it could go back to the way that it used to be when the President simply submitted a list of plans and proposals to Congress.

    **pauses to look it up on wikipedia**

    “George Washington gave the first State of the Union address on January 8, 1790 in New York City, then the provisional U.S. capital. In 1801, Thomas Jefferson discontinued the practice of delivering the address in person, regarding it as too monarchical (similar to the Speech from the Throne). Instead, the address was written and then sent to Congress to be read by a clerk until 1913 when Woodrow Wilson re-established the practice despite some initial controversy. However, there have been exceptions to this rule. Presidents during the latter half of the 20th century have sent written State of the Union addresses. The last President to do this was Jimmy Carter in 1981.”