I wasn’t going to watch it. I mean, I knew what he was going to say beforehand, but here we go.
I do like the sectional approach he used, using 4 segments. He also kept it close to an hour, which did make it one of his more bearable addresses. If you watched it online, you were treated to graphics and pictures on the right-hand side of the screen, which gave it a near “Pop-Up Video” appeal. Maybe VH1 can sue? Children under 25, google what I’m talking about. Now, the take down.
I loved how he started off talking about our commitment to the rule of law. This guy has no right to ever say that. He has refused to enforce so many laws and makes laws up on his own, so it seems. That’s a joke. He acclaims the reduction of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan as a victory. Of course, he fails to account for the fact that ISIS (not ISIL, ISIS) was allowed to grow because of his “out at any cost” policy. We never should have gotten involved, but you have to deal with reality. We got involved, and we should have left a peace keeping force. Oh well. Next he talked about the uninsured rates dropping. Of course, the vast bulk of those are Medicare and Medicaid inductees. Past that, it is those with pre-existing conditions. These are the people that willingly signed up. This is also why health care rates and insurance costs are continuing to skyrocket despite what he claims. Ask anyone that buys insurance about their insurance costs. He talks about the unemployment rate without bothering to mention the labor participation rate, which is lower than it’s ever been. I also loved how he talked about the choices we make together: i.e., the choices he rams down our throats for our own good. He says we have cut our deficit by 3/4. He never bothers to point out that he starts the high mark with the 2009 stimulus. Our debts continue to climb. Slowing the rate of increase doesn’t help. We need to start paying off debt. He touts graduation rates without bothering to comment how our standards have slid into the gutter. He wants to make college affordable without understanding that it is government programs which have led to the spike. Do you think colleges could charge what they charge if not for all the scholarships? When the state will foot the bill, there is no need for the college to compete on price, after all. Finally, he thinks that wages are set in the board room. He doesn’t understand even the most basic premises of a free market economy. Wages are set by the free market. You want to raise wages? Make the economy stronger so that there are not enough jobs to go around. This is what forces employers to raise wages. Wages aren’t based on altruism or fairness. They are based on what you are worth. How many workers would be willing to be paid in company stock when the company is starting out. Facebook did that, and it worked, and the workers shared in the profits. Of course, if Facebook had tanked, they would have been out of luck. They took a risk. However, most workers wanna be paid in hard cash.
He speaks of the power of innovation without understanding what drives innovation. What drives innovation is the desire for profit. Nothing more, nothing less. He thinks that government can throw money at a problem, and people will just make something. It’s unreal. I also like how he thinks that all immigrants are innovators. I mean…that’s just so stupid a comment I don’t know what to even say about it.
Then he goes on a long tirade about how we’re the most powerful nation on Earth. Yeah…for how long though? That’s the issue. Taking your own power for granted is a way to wind up powerless. And he keeps talking about how he shot Osama. I mean. Seriously. How often is he going to make out that he found him, planned the hit, and took the shot? He equates foreign assistance as security, which it is not. We give Pakistan a lot of money. They still hate us. We shouldn’t be giving any country any money. They should stand on their own or fall. As should all nations. Make no mistake, making peace with Cuba was the precursor to giving Guantanamo back to Cuba. He complains that it costs $3.8 million to run it for a year. That’s the cost of one trip for he and his family to Hawaii. I’m not ____ing kidding. Seriously.
Then he comes to the biggest joke of the night. He talked about politics. He thinks people should be willing to compromise. When did he ever compromise. It was do it his way or he would demonize you. If that didn’t work, he would slam it through on executive order. That’s been his MO. He rips all his rivals and dares to talk about the rancor between the parties? He wants to reduce the role of money in politics, but he had no problem with his monetary advantage in the elections. Ask Jeb about the effect of money on politics. It’s overrated. You can’t sway people just because you had more ad space. You have to energize people to vote. Did it ever occur to anyone that the one that gets the most money may have an edge because more people believe in them or are more excited about them or whatever? It’s something to think about. But if you really want to lower the effects of money on politics, return the power to the states. When you centralize power, you centralize bribery. It is much more expensive to bribe 50 states than it is 1 national government. Just saying. Then he played the race card. Basically, accept socialism or we devolve into lynchings or Nazism. He speaks of the duties of the citizens without ever talking about his own duties which he neglects. Then he says that Americans need to stay active…except the Tea Partiers. They should stay home and sit down and shut up.
So, basically, everything you were expecting Obama to say.
Long Live the Constitution!