Obama's State of Delusion
By Michael Alexander
I sure am glad that this will be my final analysis and rebuttal of a Barack Obama State of the Union address. I have endured every word of his rambling rhetoric so you did not have to suffer through it.
Obama would not have been around to deliver this speech had he not lied about al-Qa'ida and Benghazi in 2012, having centered his whole campaign on his foreign policy "successes." The only person more surprised by Obama's re-election victory than he was would be Mitt Romney, who assumed he had it won, but could not pull it off because he failed to connect with grassroots conservatives.
So Obama was given four more years to continue his "fundamental transformation" of America, starting with converting the once-noble Democrat Party into the Socialist Democratic Party, and stacking it and his administration with legions of "useful idiots."
"Socialist"? Some might suggest that is too strident. But I note that in a recent interview, Democrat National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was asked the difference between "Democrat" and "Socialist," and she could not articulate the distinction. Last week, Hillary Clinton, Obama's heir apparent despite her record of malfeasance, was asked the same question and was unable to make any distinction.
Oh, and on the subject of Clinton, I should also note here that she is at substantial risk of federal indictments related to her malfeasance, including an expanded investigation into the Clinton Foundation, and that Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren stand ready as Demo convention wild cards.
Ahead of the SOTU, I received no less than 25 White House emails promoting Obama's "achievements." As Shakespeare wrote, he "doth protest too much, methinks." In one of them, Obama insisted, "We have every reason to be optimistic going into 2016 — not only because there are important things we can still accomplish in my last year in office, but because we are in a position to elect a Democrat who will protect and build on this progress we've fought so hard for these last seven years."
However, I am sure it has not gone unnoticed that in the latest Gallup survey, "the percentage of U.S. adults identifying as Democrats is now at the lowest point in the past 27 years, down from the prior low of 30% in 2014." Now only 29% self-identify as "Democrat."
In his first SOTU, Obama promised, "We will rebuild. We will recover. And the United States of America will emerge stronger than before."
Back then, Obama declared we have a "responsibility to ensure that we do not pass on to [our children] a debt they cannot pay." Back then, the total national debt was $10.8 trillion. It's now almost $19 trillion.
This year, Obama had promised a much shorter speech. George Washington's final State of the Union address was five minutes. Obama droned on, and even Democrats were dozing.
I would sum up his latest remarks as follows: It was replete with vacuous rhetoric — all fragrance and no substance. Obama's previous SOTUs have been heavy with his legislative agenda for the next year, but his final SOTU was devoid of that agenda. I can only assume that Obama did a reality check, and the biggest change since 2008 is that the legislative branch, which was then controlled by Democrats, is now controlled by Republicans. Obama may be the product of "democracy," but he is being contained by our republican form of government.
Obama divided his remarks into five themes: Economy, National Security, Urgent Challenges, Politics and The Future.
BO's Big Theme One: Economy
Barack Obama: We recovered from the worst economic crisis in generations.
The Patriot: Of course, that "crisis" was seeded and generated by Democrat policies put into place by Bill Clinton and congressional Demos. After the cascading collapse of the U.S. economy in 2008, Clinton admitted, "I think the responsibility that the Democrats have may rests more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress ... to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac." That would be correct. But Obama insists the problem began on Wall Street rather than 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
BO: How do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity?
BO: Anyone claiming that America's economy is in decline is peddling fiction.
BO: The United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world.
BO: What is true...
BO: More and more wealth and income is concentrated at the very top.
BO: All these trends have squeezed workers, even when they have jobs, even when the economy is growing. It's made it harder for a hardworking family to pull itself out of poverty, harder for young people to start their careers, tougher for workers to retire when they want to.
BO: I believe a thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy. I think there are outdated regulations that need to be changed. There is red tape that needs to be cut.
BO: Food Stamp recipients did not cause the financial crisis...
BO: Start-ups and small businesses need more of a voice, not less. The rules should work for them.
BO: How do we reignite that spirit of innovation to meet our biggest challenges?
BO's Big Theme Two: National Security
BO: How do we keep America safe...?
BO: The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth, period. Period. It's not even close. It's not even close. It's not even close.
BO: All the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker ... is political hot air.
BO: When it comes to every important international issue, people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead. They call us.
BO: I know this is a dangerous time. But that's not ... because of diminished American strength.
BO: The Middle East is going through a transformation that will play out for a generation, rooted in conflicts that date back millennia.
BO: Priority number one is protecting the American people and going after terrorist networks.
BO: [Terrorists] do not threaten our national existence.
BO: If this Congress is serious about winning this war and wants to send a message to our troops and the world, authorize the use of military force against ISIL. Take a vote.
BO: If you doubt America's commitment — or mine — to see that justice is done, just ask Osama bin Laden.
BO: [OEF and OIF were] recipes for quagmire, spilling American blood and treasure that ultimately will weaken us. It's the lesson of Vietnam. It's the lesson of Iraq, and we should have learned it by now.
BO: As we speak, Iran has rolled back its nuclear program ... and the world has avoided another war.
BO: Recognize the Cold War is over.
BO: Leadership means a wise application of military power.
BO's Big Theme Three: Urgent Challenges
BO: If anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You will be pretty lonely because you'll be debating our military, most of America's business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it's a problem and intend to solve it.
BO: But even if the planet wasn't at stake — even if 2014 wasn't the warmest year on record...
BO: What the Affordable Care Act is all about... Nearly 18 million have gained coverage so far. Health care inflation has slowed. And our businesses have created jobs every single month since it became law.
BO: Let's make America the country that cures cancer once and for all. What do you think? Let's make it happen.
BO's Big Theme Four: Politics
BO: How can we make our politics reflect what's best in us, and not what's worst?
BO: Our unique strengths as a nation ... our commitment to rule of law ... give us everything we need to ensure prosperity and security for generations to come.
BO: "We the People." Our Constitution begins with those three simple words.
BO: Our Founders distributed power between states and branches of government, and expected us to argue ... over the size and shape of government, over commerce and foreign relations, over the meaning of liberty and the imperatives of security.
BO: Democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn't matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some special interest.
BO: It's one of the few regrets of my presidency — that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better.
BO: We have to change the system to reflect our better selves. ... If we want a better politics, it's not enough just to change a congressman or change a senator or even change a president. We have to change the system to reflect our better selves.
Finally, BO's Big Theme Five: The Future
BO: Our collective futures depends on your willingness to uphold your duties as a citizen.
BO: When I no longer hold this office, I will be right there with you as a citizen.
BO: I believe in change because I believe in you, the American people. And that's why I stand here, as confident as I have ever been, that the state of our Union is strong.
James Madison wrote, "An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others."
Barack Obama's legacy will be framed by his utter disregard for his oath "to Support and Defend" our Constitution.
Oh, and a footnote: Although Obama only referenced "gun violence" once in his opening remarks, he has cut a deal with billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a quid pro quo to make gun control the centerpiece of his last year in office in return for Bloomberg's support of Obama's presidential library. That will be my topic next week....Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.