President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Not really, I just opted against watching it.
am being told to watch the SOTU address for the sheer joy of seeing the odd,
the funny, the cringe-worthy, and the stupid.
the government shutdown and the back and forth between Nance and Don, there
were a thousand hot takes on twitter and in op-eds regarding the necessity or
lack thereof in Trump giving the “traditional” SOTU address before both houses
the historical points made about Jefferson putting the kibosh on an oral
address and Wilson reviving the long dead speech, I opted against watching the
SOTU because it just didn’t interest me nor would I advocate that form of
torture for anyone.
aversion is not limited to Trump, though the age of Trump does contribute
something extra to the fear of listening to a SOTU.
SOTU is nothing more than a trite expression of good feelings seen through the
lens of immovable partisanship. Idiots
talk about compromise, moving to the center, and all that jazz, but we all know
no one ever wants to. I like
partisanship. I like bias. I don’t like
feigning happy crap that no one cares about.
just as the compromise isn’t sincere, neither is the partisanship. We have
morons sitting on their hands because they are afraid to draw the ire of Chuck
and Nance for clapping at the wrong thing.
Last year, Joe Manchin got the evil eye from Chuck for his desire to
stand and applaud. And then we have idiot republicans who applaud every little
thing. Which is really quite odd since
the republican party isn’t always behind Trump. Regardless of who is in power,
the SOTU is just a discount geriatric exercise program. Stand and clap,
breathe, and sit back down…up, now down. Up, and down again. Let’s get five more reps, you’re doing great.
the up/down makes it worse than a Catholic mass, the incessant applause makes
what is surely a short ten-minute speech into an hour and half-long
affair. I’m exaggerating, but you get
And then we come to the substance of the speech. I will probably try to find a truncated version of the speech on YouTube to watch later, but I’m told there were some “can’t miss” moments. While the media drives itself nuts fact-checking minutia (is 31% equal to one-third?) the basic conclusion, that the state of the union is strong, is nothing more than a partisan interpretation of debatable politics. For some on the left, the nation is strongest when we are butchering infants. And for those on the right, the nation is strongest when we curtail or ban infanticide. Neither side is going to agree over that. And it’s the same with every other policy, except in rare moments of national unity that haven’t been seen since 9/11. The SOTU has no use for an objective pursuit of understanding what makes the nation healthy because a healthy nation is subjective. It exists to make political points and that’s it.
never really gave it much thought until this year, but maybe it is best to go
back to a written report to congress. Bring in all the data, all the facts, all
the graphs, and charts to make the strongest case for why the nation is the way
it is. Don’t leave it to this type of
There isn’t a more ardent advocate of civic engagement than myself. I will tell you to write your congressperson, listen to SCOTUS oral arguments, read the Federalist Papers, watch congressional hearings, confirmation hearings, and read the laws in your own states. I will tell you to memorize the Bill of Rights. I will tell you to vote. Will I tell you to watch the State of the Union address? Probably not, though I think I have to now, just to see the good parts.
are some other Resurgent articles on the SOTU:
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