Dreams of my president (part three); state of the union speech from oval office -January, 2013   Leave a comment

My fellow Americans: as you know this address is  traditionally given in the evening. It has for quite some time been  given on the floor of the House to both chambers of  Congress. I have provided to both Houses a written report, as was customary prior to President Woodrow Wilson, who set the precedent of giving a formal speech to Congress.

That report is a written transcript of the message I am now delivering to you.

I am also tossing out a tradition set by President Franklin Roosevelt.  I have chosen to bring this message in the morning rather than later this evening.

I have come to believe that it would be inappropriate at this time for a leader to interrupt the evening routine of the nation’s citizens in order to receive a larger audience, which had always been the purpose of an evening message.

Thanks are due to all who have chosen to make this message a part of their morning, I appreciate your support.

Though many in Washington refuse to acknowledge it publicly, you are no doubt aware that the State of the Union today is not well.

That our Union is in disarray is no surprise to a mother in the Midwest today  forced to choose between raising the thermostat in her home to keep the family warm on this most brutal of winters or filling the family’s gas tank in order to  make runs to the grocery store. As you know, this is a choice  necessitated today because the costs of both have skyrocketed thanks to recent law mandating strict limits on energy use and sales.

I certainly hope that the current state of our Union is a  surprise to those who thought they could levy heavy taxes on the energy sector and  disincentivise innovation and productivity in the distribution of energy yet not have the costs rise for you, the American citizen.

If the State of our Union is not a surprise to them, given the fact that one cannot diminish supply without affecting demand — that one cannot have one’s cake and eat it too —  I question whether lowering costs to you or finding alternative sources for energy were truly their motives.

The state of our Union is likely not a surprise to young men in Biloxi, Mississippi, in Chicago, or in Cleveland who today stand in unemployment lines that circle the block.  Those lines have been ever longer over any number of months.  It  is of course a rare and valuable business owner, becoming ever rarer, who can manage his costs and his profits  in the face of higher taxes and ever higher expenses  to obtain his products.

No doubt these young men on unemployment lines are today able to appreciate that if a store owner cannot afford to buy enough product to fill his  shelves so that he can keep a steady flow of interested customers; if that owner is unable to manage the ever higher costs incurred by complying with ever more arbitrary rules; if that owner finds it impossible to know from one day to the next what profits he will make and how much he will be able to put back into his  inventory — if he is unable to innovate and thus improve his sales and his productivity,  then he is certainly unable to hire a new worker, let alone keep the ones he has.

This weakness in the state of our Union I certainly would hope is a surprise to those who sought over any number of years to criticize and to penalize businesses for creating jobs and for creating their products.

I shudder to think of the mindset of those who have believed that chaining productivity could lead to economic justice and prosperity — those who would today claim surprise at the state of our Union and insist that one can get something for even less than nothing.

If they indeed wish to claim surprise, then I  doubt that economic justice was or is their aim.

The family of a soldier in Pasadena who received news yesterday that their son died in action fighting yet another undeclared not quite a war are not likely convinced that the state of our Union is anything but on the brink.

Their son died, and the sons and daughters of many more like them continue to die,  defending for ‘humanitarian purposes’ the rights of unnamed and unknown masses overseas — unknowns who will come to hate our “American Imperialism” in a month or in a year or a decade when their own state of affairs continues as they have ever been.

This while the corrupt governments of those unknown masses seek ever more aid from us.

Those same masses and their governments claim that we are imperialists and exploiters if we dare to suggest we should derive some modicum of national benefit in exchange for our lost lives and our willingness to put ourselves in harms way.

These same governments call us callous and indifferent if we do not agree to die for those who will never appreciate our help.

This is no surprise to the family of that soldier in Pasadena, whose son believed, and no doubt his family knows, that our values are worth dying for, but that  the lives and the governments of those who do not share these values are not.

This golden state family knows that the values of those who seek our assistance while condemning us for it are not worth the price of a single drop of American blood.

They know, unlike many of the phony humanitarians at home, that the state of our Union cannot remain strong at the price of its most valued asset — our values and our integrity.

Humanitarianism cannot be the motive of those who feign surprise or righteous indignation at the current state of our Union, not when they believe  that the rights of unwashed masses in far off places demand that American blood be spilled, yet will insist that we should ignore the fact  that those ‘rights’ include, according to some, the ‘right’ to criticize or to blame we in America for any supposed ill, while the masses in far off places simply vote themselves into a different dictatorship then the one we die to rid them of.

I hope, for the sake of the moral worth of these American  ‘humanitarians’, that they indeed are indignant at the state of our Union, and are not merely pacifying a political base with a more sinister agenda for those masses and for you.

One ought not be surprised at the state of a Union that  refuses to recognize the individual economic rights of its own citizens while it travels about the world defending the ‘political’ or ‘moral’ rights of those who wish us harm or who embrace any form of tyranny.

My fellow Americans:  the purpose of this annual message, delivered every year since the establishment of this great nation, is for a President to discuss with his coequal in governance — your Congress, the state of our Union.

Unfortunately this message has for too long been a platform for leaders to merely direct their agenda, to placate the electorate, and to convince you and themselves that the government can and does determine and direct the state of our Union.

It is you the American public, not Washington, who direct the state of our Union.

You have always done this through your ambition, your creativity, your ability to embrace a common set of values and goals, and your unquenchable desire to seek out the best that is possible.

The fact that so many of you will interrupt your morning to listen to this message with hope, despite your legitimate fears over the troubles we face, is ample evidence that our Union, if not your current government, has the strength and the bond needed to move forward and to create a future worthy of this great Republic.

It has become customary for Presidents, during times of tragedy or uncertainty,  to deny reality when giving their annual message.  They insist each year that the State of the Union is strong, even when the facts of reality say otherwise.

No doubt this serves them well in their personal political agenda, but it does not serve the nation.

Our government has allowed itself to become fractured, balkanized, and nearly broken — in that failure on our part will be found the source of our National crisis.

Government cannot fix our nation’s economic nor it’s  cultural problems through any means other than getting out of the way.

We in government must allow you, the American people, to seek out the best that is possible in and for our nation.

You have borne the costs and the burden of government leaders who believe themselves an intellectual elite who know what’s best. You’ve borne this cost for far too long.

You have for too long borne the costs and the burden of a government which pretends that you are beneficiaries of its supposed better intentions. These leaders have acted as if they are and ought to be noble warriors for a cause rather than humble servants.

Far too many in Washington have as well  demanded that you carry the costs and the burdens of too many of your neighbors.

They’ve manipulated and have capitalized  on the best within you — your good will, your belief in truth and in justice, and your unlimited capacity to bear any burden necessary in order  to prosper and thrive.

That strength is within each of you as individuals.  However, neither individuals nor a nation  can carry unlimited burdens and costs.

An unlimited cost and burden is demanded  by those who tell you that every stranger you meet in your neighborhood, in your state, and every individual across miles and oceans is your burden to bear.  You have been told that refusing impossible burdens is unfeeling —  or hateful — or greedy.

Hate, greed, and lack of compassion exists only in those who would dare to tell you that your happiness and prosperity must be placed on hold or sacrificed so that others might thrive, while you bear the burden left in the wake of their thriving.

Many of your leaders and their allies have thrived also, while you have borne the costs.

Our Union will not endure laden with these burdens.

I am making it my top priority to remove from you that which you ought never have carried.

We in Washington can help only by doing that which is in the power of a proper Government to do. We must release the strength of America by removing  the governments chains on the creative and productive spirit of her people . These chains bind the nation’s  economy to the least productive and able within it. This inversion of common sense has  corrupted America’s  ethical values.

For too long you have had to worry whether your decisions and actions, or the goals you sought, even and especially when they were proper and right, were possible and would be  free of faceless and nameless coercion and sanction in Washington.

You have had to ask yourselves how to find a way to prosper and to enjoy your  lives — whether in fact you could — and also whether you would be allowed to.

I have made it my top priority to speed up the day when   — to paraphrase America’s philosopher —  you will ask of yourself with pride and certainty not “who is going to let me?” but rather  “who is going to stop me”?


Posted April 14, 2011 by cchashadenough

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