When President Obama goes before Congress and the nation to give his State of the Union message, we will see the increasingly-detached and stiffly ideological justifications for the abject and serious failures of his Administration.
We will see tragic victims who suffered at the hands of evil men paraded before us to try and convince the American people that every lawful gun owner is partially responsible for those evil men, and for the acts they committed. We will be told how it is the role of government to “protect the children” by punishing those who committed no crime, and abridging the freedoms of the law-abiding. That the rights given us by which our Founding Fathers intended for the People to serve as a final protection against the tyranny of government, need to be abridged by that same government. We will be told that such is necessary for our own safety. We, the People, cannot be trusted.
We will be told how we should allow our government (using our money) to spend its way out of the debt it created with profligate spending. And that, despite the fact that the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress between 2007 and 2011, and had the White House to boot between 2009 and 2011, and continue to control the White House and the Senate, that whatever problems we have are the Republicans’ making.
We will hear about the rights of special interest groups (but not the People), and “climate change”, and how a contracting economy is actually somehow proof of his successful economic policies, despite high unemployment, slumps in manufacturing, and a massive trade imbalance. And how more of the same, the move toward a government-controlled and increasingly statist economy is the “vision” for America’s resurgence.
We will be told, by President Obama, by his politically beholden media, and by his many apologists on the Far Left, that any inkling of disagreement is merely “partisan”. Perhaps even the ramblings of “violent extremists”*.
We may even hear about the necessity to give the government the power to assassinate ANY American citizen it perceives as a “threat” (violent extremists*), without any semblance whatever of due process, or of appeal, or any protection by the 5th, 6th, or 14th Amendments.
What we will likely not hear about is the horrific embarrassment that was the Benghazi fiasco, nor the criminally culpable behavior of Administration officials, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. We won’t hear about the effects of “sequestration” on America’s defenses, and how the willful destruction of the United States Armed Forces is so much dinner theater. Or how our irresolute and amateurish foreign policy bumbling has emboldened our enemies and worried our allies. Or how our economy is being held hostage by uncertain and punitive tax policies, and by absurdly restrictive environmental regulation that smacks of the anti-capitalist bent of its enforcers.
The above predictions hardly qualify me as the next Kreskin. It is roughly akin to predicting sunset in the West. Sadly. I doubt I will bring myself to watch the spectacle of another coat of whitewash being applied to the crumbling Potemkin Village, while those whose duty it is to know better applaud the policy of bread and circuses. The true “state of the union” is increasingly evident, and bears little correlation to anything we will be told tonight.
(*Violent extremists: The NRA, Catholic hospitals, the Tea Party, returning Veterans, privacy advocates, Fox News. No longer includes Muslim Brotherhood, Fidel Castro, or The Weather Underground. )