Forum Post: Congratulations to the President for a Superlative SOTU Speech and to America for Having Elected Him
Posted 10 years ago on Jan. 26, 2012, 2:57 a.m. EST by rpc972
from Portland, OR
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I am surprised by the prejudicial and stunningly blind criticism leveled at this great presentation. That it was "just a political speech." And I'm delighted by the recognition of its greatness.
The truth ~ not the subterfuge or fallacy ~ is we have a smart and righteous defender of America in President Obama. And if his unnecessarily polite requests in his spectacular and substantive SOTU speech were met, and congress, the people and business teamed up and worked together for progress from, and repair of, the ruins left by the prior administration; dirty Cons and Dems would be history, the greedy few in the 1% would lose their criminal control of our government, and freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness would return to the 99%. Maybe even a middle class.
I can't recall a speech more earnest, intelligent, comprehensive and functional, it was a virtual blue print for a better America. And he addressed the dirty taboos of our government, calling for legislation to ban government official insider trading, influence peddling, and general malfeasance.
Weeper of the House, Boner looked like he soiled his pants.
Republicons in general proved their complete lack of statesmanship, exuding utter disdain for even having to be there to listen to "that one" speak. And despite countless lies and insults, outrageous flagrant sabotage and unprecedented filibuster abuse, Obama gave a stern yet gentlemanly account of what was wrong with our government without persecution or the slightest tinge of bitterness. “I will fight obstruction with action.”
Some say that Obama insufficiently countered Bush's military heroes by bringing Warren Buffet's secretary, who pays a higher tax rate than her boss, Mitt Romney or Newt. But he addressed and brought others including Representative Gabrielle Giffords who survived, but resigned over, a RW assassination attempt; Sarah Ferguson the heroic Philly school teacher who worked for free when local school funding was cut; and a middle-aged guy who successfully changed careers in this time of rampant unemployment and agism. He also gave a discrete nod to the SOD for yet another secret mission accomplished.
Obama defended a long list of his trademark policies -- tax increases on the wealthy, Wall Street reform, health care reform, government stimulus spending -- to applause from Democrats while also offering some proposals of interest to Republicans, such as new corporate tax breaks, with no sign of love.
"We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules." Which was met by Republicon looks of hatred.
"It's time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America," Obama said, adding a line that he repeated throughout the speech in a challenge to Congress. "Send me these tax reforms, and I'll sign them right away." More Republicon hatred.
"Let's never forget: Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that does the same," Obama said. "It's time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no cop-outs. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody." I saw Republicon death on this one.
Republicans argue that Obama's policies have stymied growth by increasing regulations and delaying opportunities such as the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada in order to appease some of his liberal support base. And the notorious criminals Bonnie and Clyde constantly complained about road blocks, police cars, and the absurd practice of allowing law enforcement officers to carry firearms.
As great as it was, Obama's 2012 SOTU wasn't perfect. Critics say it was too long and that it didn't address everything, that it was a political speech but wasn't harsh enough on double-crossing Republicons. And, of course, it was just words, emotions, people and promises; much like the multitude of SOTU speeches I've heard going back to Kennedy. IMO this was among the best.
RW hacks and henchmen have their jobs and payola cut out for them! Left Wing seekers of perfection have an [endless] search ahead of them. Undecideds have a double yellow line to curl up on.
Unite and Win! Unite and Win! 2010 never EVER again!