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Obama’s State of the Disunion

By DOUG THOMPSON
A Capitol Hill Blue Editorial
January 25, 2012

(AP/Saul Loeb)

President Barack Obama rewrote history in real time Tuesday night, telling the nation that most, if not all, the problems this country faces were inherited and everything would be OK if only the other side would always let him do things his way.

Blaming a nation in chaos entirely on the Republican party, Obama’s State of the Union address was more political stump speech than a factual report on a nation divided by political strife, hobbled by weak leadership and stymied by a system that no longer works.

Capitol Hill Blue asked a panel of speech watchers to pick the “defining issue” of Obama’s speech. None could.  Calvin Woodward of The Associated Press called his Obama’s programs “a wish list, not a to-do list” and noted that most have failed before.

Even after more than three years in office, Obama refused to take any blame for the nation’s ills.  He said America can no longer deliver on the “basic” promise that hard work can provide a good life but avoided taking responsibility for any of his broken promises or failure to deliver.

Said Obama:

The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive, No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. What’s at stake are no Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them.

Nice words, but then Obama has always been good at putting together nice sounding rhetoric.  What he’s not good at is translating those words into action.

He claims his polices are turning the country around yet millions of Americans lost their jobs after he took office and many are off the grid, no longer looking for work.

“The state of the union is getting stronger, and we’ve come too far to turn back now,” Obama claims. “As long as I’m president, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum.”

What momentum? What work. Obama’s record in his first three years has been as hard-line, as obstructionist and as “my way or the highway” as the Republicans.  The man who promised to rebuild America by building consensus has built nothing but failure and distrust.

The only thing he has going to him is a fractured, dysfunctional Republican party that can’t make up its mind on whether or not to nominate a serial adulterer, an empty suit millionaire, a right-wing nut job or an aging, conspiracy-spouting Libertarian.

Obama called American workers “the most productive on Earth,” but productive at what? All their jobs have gone overseas and Obama — like most Presidents who kowtow to big business and big money — has done nothing to bring those jobs back.

“Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that do the same,” the President said. “It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom:  No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts.  An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody.”

This from a President who never met a benefit program he didn’t like, who backs federal subsidies for energy companies that sink in the quicksand of fraud, who has increased the number of Americans on welfare and food stamps to record levels?

Nice speech Mr. President but that’s all it was. Just a speech. Just words, long on rhetoric, short on specifics and — judging by your record — doomed a President who never took the time to learn the basics before he was handed the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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34 Responses to Obama’s State of the Disunion

  1. Carl Nemo **==

    January 25, 2012 at 11:24 am

    An excellent indictment against our ‘dear leader’s’ failures.

    As you imply, he’s simply a professionnal campaigner. He’s glib etc., but simply an ‘empty suit’ when it comes to action and as we know actions speak louder than words.

    I honestly don’t think this guy gives a wit about being reelected. So too I think he has a lazy streak a mile wide. The office of the presidency takes effort, after all he’s the CEO of the United States of America for all practical purposes, but seemingly isn’t cleared to run a donut shop in a ghetto.

    I’ve been mulling the potential candidates over. Ron Paul is not going to get the party’s nomination, so that seems to leave the race between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Whatever Romney might be, he’s a former governor, a successful businessman and seemingly a good family man with some old-fashioned values. Newt Gingrich is a fright of a man that has somehow been rebirthed by a fluke in S.C.

    Seemingly Mitt Romney is the best man to square off against Obama when it comes possibly turning the USS America about in a corporate sense. As President he won’t be handling it in a “Bain Capital” fashion, but he has the acumen and savvy to challenge cockamamie schemes created by our Congressional contingent along with the hopeful use of the “veto pen” once in a while. This is just pragmatic analysis on my part. I did the same concerning Barack Obama, when running against John McCain; I.E., the lesser of two evils. With McCain we’d already have been at war with Iran, oil would be $200 plus per bbl. and possibly roundups of citizens that displeasured McCain’s inner sensibilites of what ‘patriotism’ should be.

    We’re living in interesting times for sure. / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. Walter F. Wouk

    January 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Not one word about Obama’s on-going assaults on our civil liberties. Apparently his supporters don’t care.

    • Carl Nemo **==

      January 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Good point Walter Wouk, but the assault has been creeping upon us for about 30 years with it moving forward in earnest after 9/11 with no respite in sight. The passage of the Patriot Act, an act that was not debated, or studied to any extent was rushed through Congress. Since the passage of such there’s been relentless incrementalism for the government to increase it’s constrictor like death coils about our citizenry.

      The goverment’s assemblage of Homeland Security, TSA, nationwide, statebased “Fusion Centers” for coordinating HUMINT on all citizens seemingly isn’t going to change, but become evermore draconian and surveillance intensive as times passes.

      Our nation has been reduced to a beggar among nations. We’re flat dead broke and spending in excess of a trillion more per annum than we take in via tax revenues.

      Our manufacturing base has been gutted all with the blessings or our ‘politburo’ once the Congress of the United States. We have record unemployment, 40 million on food stamps the housing market still in a ‘death spiral’ with no bottom in sight.

      With the recent NDAA passage along with the Levin/McCain Amendment 1034 which will allow the military to police America, round up citizens with no charges filed, right to counsel along with indefinite detainment until the hostilities are declared over says it all. The wars on both terror and drugs are a canard; I.E, a war against individuals, not national fronts. There’s no one to make parley or sign a peace accord so it’s our resident crimpols endless permawar, an “Orwellian” nightmare come true. Seemingly the MIC has sunk it’s fangs in our nation’s jugular and if not soon stopped, is soon to suck the last our national life’s blood from us leaving us with a broken ‘banana republic’ paradigm, with military, police and civilian ‘regulators’ running about the country rounding up citizen malcontents concerning the sorry order of the day.

      The supplied quote fairly sums up the fact our ‘dear leader’ either doesn’t care or doesn’t have a clue. It’s both on his watch and the one immediately prior to his ascendancy that have facilitated the destruction of America. The blue sky ‘pirate capitalist’ statutes to do so were passed on Bill Clinton’s watch. They’re all in this together…believe it!

      Based on the following quote, I’d say it best rewrites as…”we’ve got ours…screw you the people”.

      *****

      “It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody.”…Barack Obama

      *****

      Yeah right! Life is good to great for these elitists all on our taxpaid dime and time…no? / : |

      Carl Nemo **==

    • Jon

      January 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Keep in mind it is Congress what writes the law.

      J.

      • Carl Nemo **==

        January 26, 2012 at 1:19 am

        So too John, as an effective CEO of the U.S., Obama has his “veto pen” in order to provide Congressional guidance. He promised to use it if the Levin/McCain Amendment 1034 was in the final form of the NDAA, but he did not coming up with some precedural gimmick concerning the President having the say as to who’s to be rounded up without Congressional input, but still within the guidelies of this unconstituional ‘amendment’. Say what…! / : |

        Obama, allegedly a ‘Constitutional scholar’ is our duty ‘liar in chief’, and a potential despot in the making if given the right circumstances due to a societal financial meltdown. Believe it…!

        Carl Nemo **==

  3. Almandine

    January 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Add another Zero to his lengthening list of “achievements”.

  4. Gregg

    January 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    The State of the Union speech was fruitless.
    .
    Our fellow friends, neighbors, family members will let our nation decay into a state of chaos before they’ll admit that they’ve been had by these Yahoos in Washington. Yep, sucked, scammed, conned into believing there is more than one America.
    .
    Which America do you live in? The Conservative America? The Liberal America? The Centralist America? Have you started hating each other enough yet?
    .
    Meanwhile…while you’ve been duped into hating each other…the assholes in Washington and their cronies are stealing all three Americas right out from under your noses.
    .
    Carl, my apologies. I still owe you a response. I’m working on it still. Thanks…

  5. eve

    January 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Carl, if only the rest of the country were as concerned about the direction of the US as those on CHB.

    Truly terrifying times in the once Constitutional Republic for those who love liberty and freedom.

    “Newt Gingrich is a fright of a man that has somehow been rebirthed by a fluke in S.C.”
    -Carl Nemo

    A billionaire Israeli-Firster, dual-citizen is who’s behind the funding for Newt Gingrich.
    He is well financed and he knows something about being financed does he not?

    Hence, Newt’s loyalty to Israel reinforced.
    He’s among good company apparently, when one nation’s “supposed” representatives grovel like beggars before another nation’s lobby group.

    It’s a true observation, unavoidable if one looks objectively.

    Civil Liberties?
    Apparently American’s do not care about civil liberties when there is mindless entertainment to be had, in the form of sports and sitcoms.
    Add to this talk radio “talking heads” who obviously support the agenda of division and you arrive at where we are today.
    Bread and circuses for the idiots.

    Is there another place on this globe which is freer and more affordable to live in?

    Inquiring minds want to know…

  6. Hal Brown

    January 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Totally off topic, but I won’t let this slide from Carl Nemo

    The office of the presidency takes effort, after all he’s the CEO of the United States of America for all practical purposes, but seemingly isn’t cleared to run a donut shop in a ghetto.

    Would you have written this if the president was white?

    • Carl Nemo **==

      January 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Surely I would Hal. There are lots of lower class, struggling white’s both living within and having emerged from the same too.

      Ghetto’s aren’t unique to color, but since Obama’s roots are that of being a Chicago based ‘community organizer’ of sorts under the shady tutelage of Tony Rezko (convicted felon) and his close, ‘Senior Advisor’ and White House aide Valerie Jarrett, I’d say that linking the big ‘O’ to the the ghetto in any fashion was more than appropriate although he was participating on an ‘upscale’ basis. Ms. Jarrett too has been under investigation for housing related issues. He needed far smarter people than he to mentor and groom him for things to come, still making me think he wouldn’t be cleared to run a donut shop, even a barbecued rib outlet either without some ‘hep from uthers’. His mentors well know that ghettos are ‘profit centers’ courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. / : |

      Like it or lump it Hal, I always write for “impact”…! That’s the business of being a wordsmith.

      http://spectator.org/archives/2008/08/26/who-is-valerie-jarrett

      Obama & Co. are simply in office for a good ride on the taxpayers dime and time, Chicago style. Believe it! : |

      Carl Nemo **==

  7. griff

    January 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I must admit that I didn’t watch this speech and this is the first and only article I’ve read on the subject. I really don’t need to, it’s the same tired bullshit we’ve been hearing from every president in the last 50 years.

    In order to reclaim American values, one should first familiarize himself with what those values actually are. Each party insists that they and they alone hold the key to reclaiming them. They should pick up a Constitution and Bill of Rights some time. There should be plenty of copies scattered throughout the capitol restrooms.

    This president is a joke. This Congress is a joke. This Supreme Court is a joke.

    But it’s not funny.

  8. eve

    January 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    This president is a joke. This Congress is a joke. This Supreme Court is a joke.

    But it’s not funny.
    -Griff

    Amen.

  9. Hal Brown

    January 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Carl Nemo:

    I thought you would use a broad definition of ghetto rather than apologize for what could easily be misconstrued as a racially disrespectful choice of words. I didn’t want to bother predicting it.

    We do not live in the late 1930’s in Warsaw.

    The vast majority of Americans associate “ghetto” with poor black neighbors beset with crime and illegal drug trade and use.

    I hoped for more from you than your wordsmithing for impact explanation. Writing “even a barbecued rib outlet either without some ‘hep from uthers’ ” is not worthy of you.

    Hal

    • Almandine

      January 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Oh, but if Zero and his DOJ operated by your ethics, Hal… we’d not have near the amount of Institutionalized voter fraud, New Black Panther intimidation, and burgeoning cultural divide.

      His is a most racist administration, if ever there was one; Zero himself has taught ACORN the ropes of prejudice and racial advantage; black communist Van Jones, who has co-founded the Ella Baker Center for human rights and the Color of Change, and Zero supported The Rev Wright and his Black Liberation Theology in all its anti-American, anti-Whitey forms… and here you come with some Politically Correct, self-important crap about Carl being racist because he used the word, ghetto.

      Get over yourself and get a clue.

      • Almandine

        January 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm

        I meant to insert “Zero’s Czar” before Van Jones.

        • Hal Brown

          January 26, 2012 at 8:48 am

          I vowed a long time ago never to respond to Almandine’s comments. The above rude, obnoxious reference to my getting over myself justifies this decision.

          It is a personal attack that I thought would garner a reprimand at the least from whoever is moderating these comments.

          I hate breaking my promise to myself – I usually don’t even read anything she posts – since I think she is trying to provoke me for reasons you can speculate on.

          • Almandine

            January 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

            “Totally off topic, but I won’t let this slide…” could have been my opener. If it was, you might ask: “so who does she think she is with that rude, obnoxious attempt at comeuppance?”

    • Carl Nemo **==

      January 25, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      Sorry to ruffle your feathers Hal Brown.

      Since I enjoy your writings and thought constructs 99% of the time, I’ll personally apologize to you for having caused any upset, but my thesis still stands concerning this guy and his entourage, all on the make in some cases on the take. : |

      Carl Nemo **==

      • Hal Brown

        January 26, 2012 at 8:50 am

        Thank you Carl.

        You are a class act.

  10. DaveM

    January 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Carl, the saying “May you live in interesting times”, is meant as a curse. It seems we are cursed as a nation with the poor choices before us for the office of the presidency. It looks grim to me and it won’t be getting better anytime soon.

    • Carl Nemo **==

      January 26, 2012 at 12:07 am

      Thanks DaveM for your explanation of the expression used in a parphrased sense by dropping the “May” from the phrase. For those in the know;I.E., it is a ‘curse’ of Oriental origin rather than an expression of wishing good will on others. I thought it appropriate to link it to the sorry butt times that we do live in. : |

      Carl Nemo **==

  11. Tom

    January 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I was talking to an immigrant Indian businessman yesterday and many more over the last several years. Their take on Obama is that he is too soft on other countries. Over the years of dealing with these guys they all want us to fight Iran and Pakistan and put our support behind Israel. They dislike any safety net for the citizens that being unemployment, welfare, social security, and food stamps. All they cay say is that Mericans are lazy. They are supporting Newt by the way.

    • Jon

      January 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Then I might be tempted to suggest they’ll get the government they deserve.

      J.

  12. woody188

    January 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    One of the worst moments for me was his talk about Syria. Seems we are headed there whether we want to go or not, whether we can afford it or not.

    He also spoke about Osama bin Laden, but failed to mention they shot him while he was unarmed, and shot to kill by aiming for his head. While I don’t mourn his passing, he was essentially executed by our government which should be of concern to all.

    As Walter pointed out, no mention of returning to the rule of law or restoring our liberty. If these are God given rights, as proclaimed by our founding fathers, no President or Congress can simply say they no longer exist. We are ceding them that power by our inaction.

    I salute Rand Paul for standing up to the TSA recently. May his example be one for us all. What will they do if we all refuse to be groped and scanned? Nothing, because we outnumber them many times over. But some must be willing to sacrifice for the good of all.

    Can you hear me out there dear citizens?

    • Carl Nemo **==

      January 26, 2012 at 12:41 am

      Excluding yourself and a few other enlightened contributors to this site; Osama bin Laden was a CIA cutout. He supported us in the 80’s during the Russian incursion into Afghanistan. His family, extremely wealthy Saudi construction contractors along with his U.S. based education made him the perfect guy for working with our CIA during the 80’s and beyond.

      At some point he had a bellyful of our duplicitous international bullsh*t and decided to make “The Great Satan” pay for its sins against Islam. At that point he went off the reservation so to speak and had to be reckoned with. 9/11 was a controlled op. All the HUMINT gathered up to the fateful day indicates our agencies knew about the impending attack, but did nothing to stop it, thus utilizing it in a passive fashion for “false flag” purposes and they succeeded. It doesn’t matter whether you were involved directly or stood off on the sidelines waiting for it unfold, our agencies and leadership are still accessories to the fact of 9/11.

      The reason Obama was sanctioned so efficiently and ignominiously in the end is that the guy simply knew too much about our machinations in the Middle East and the agency and our government surely didn’t want to have a protracted dog and pony show in the international court of public opinion with such information being exposed.

      To put it simply his ‘contract’ was terminated with the CIA as soo to was Saddam Hussein’s in the end. These guys had facilitated the plumping of the MIC’s bottomline in a grand fashion over a 30 plus year period, but their utility had come to an end.

      Carl Nemo **==

  13. Tom

    January 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Can anybody back this up regarding the Patriot Act. I read somewhere that it was virtually impossible to write a bill as quick as this one was written.

    • woody188

      January 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      The “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001″ or USA PATRIOT Act has roots dating back to the 1950’s “red” communist scare. Most recently, similar anti-terrorism legislation was enacted in the 1996 Anti-terrorism Act, many parts of which were set for repeal until September 11th, 2001.

      A lot of folks forget it was terrorism against our Senate that helped that bill become law. The still unsolved anthrax attacks against the last Senate holdouts (Senators Daschle and Leahy) definitely influenced their votes.

      Rumors are the USA PATRIOT Act was written in the late 1990’s but I don’t know that it has ever been confirmed.

    • Carl Nemo **==

      January 26, 2012 at 12:25 am

      Hi Tom and Woody188…

      The Patriot Act was being written on Clinton’s watch and possibly evenso on H.W. Bush’s watch, ‘Mr.Thousand Points of Light, First Bishop of the New World Order’ ‘s single term due to the fact we engaged Saddam Hussein over his incursion into Kuwait which was engineered too on his behalf. Check out links concerning April Glaspie our state department contact with Iraq during the Kuwaiti debacle. He was “greenlighted” to attack Kuwait, then the MIC made some fast bucks kicking his butt about. Saddam Hussein was nothing but a CIA cutout who jumped through every hoop provided him by our crafty Western handlers whether it be war with Iran, his failed nuclear program debacle etc. In the end they terminated his ‘contract’. / : |

      Here’s a link explaining the origins of the act during the 90’s. They just needed the right circumstance to have an excuse to ram it through Congress. It’s my understanding copies were provided only 15 minutes prior to it’s passage based on intimidation rather than debate and reason. So too they like signing extensions to this anti-constitutional, freedom destroying nightmare.

      http://www.globalissues.org/article/342/the-usa-patriot-act-was-planned-before-911

      The elitists that seemingly own this nation and our collective butts lock, stock and barrel are fearful of their heavily taxed, highly indebted serfs, so they have placed mechanisms in place to crush all dissent, absolutely and totally if necessary.

      So 9/11 to me was the PNAC’s, “false flag” entrapment of a nation, then quickly forcing this unconstitutional piece of legislative crap down our throats. Our Congress,now simply a hand-clapping cabal of bloodsucking, inefficient parasites enjoy their fine lifestyles provided by their American tax slaves. If things get loose and goosey they will try to slap us all in irons so to speak, but they shall not prevail. Believe it…!

      Carl Nemo **==

  14. Fivebyfives

    January 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Let’s see…the big banks made a total of profits during the 8 years of George W. Bush of $77 billion. In the first 2 1/2 years of the Obama presidency those profits totalled $87 billion. Yes, that’s change we can believe in.

    After that “accomplishment” it takes gonads the size of church bells to stand up and dare speak about income inequality et. al. As they say, watch what one DOES, rather than what they say.

    Alfred E. Newman in 2012! At least (“What, me worry?”) is more honest than anything on offer this year.

  15. griff

    January 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Damn!!!

    All I can come up with…

    A joke.

    Republicans are jokes.

    Democrats are jokes.

    Mainstream television-fed party faithful are jokes.

    America…you are a joke.

    ‘Nuf said.

  16. griff

    January 25, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    America…You are being played for fools, and you seem to relish it.

    I didn’t beleive that we could get any dumber after Obama, but this “Republican” primary is the icing on the cake.

    America…RIP.

    • Carl Nemo **==

      January 26, 2012 at 12:53 am

      Spot-on griff…!

      The candidates and what issues from their lying mouths, excluding candidate Paul stuns me.

      Nothing but empty rhetoric spews forth, the same old inane, distractive issues concerning abortion, right to choose, gays in the military, gay marriage, Rowe vs. Wade being repealed and a host of other trivia while the main issues of our crushing debt, unemployment, the gutting of America’s manufacturing base, waging endless, engineered, intentionally unwinnable wars in wherever whenever for the MIC’s benefit etc.

      They remind me of the “Gong Show” years ago where folks that were challenged talentwise would come on stage to not only embarass themselves, but the viewers too on their talentless behalf. It was always both fun and relieving for the “GONG” to sound which shut down their mediocere performances.

      Unfortunately these debate moderators don’t have a gong along with a long handled cane to wrap about these guys necks in order to yank them permanently from the public view. They are so bad, that I get embarrassed for them, even though they seemingly think they are “all that”. / : |

      Carl Nemo **==

  17. glennk1949

    January 31, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    They never appear.

  18. glennk1949

    January 31, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Oh my God that was the first one that ever appeared!