I attempted to watch the president’s State of the Union address Tuesday night but was only able to make it through the first five minutes before I flipped over to a re-run of Cake Boss. Yeah, it was that bad. Reading the transcript of the address gave me indigestion but it was a better alternative than listening to his droning voice for an hour. For starters, I knew what he was going to say before he said it. We all expected more of the same and that’s exactly what we got. He himself promised a re-hash of his Osawatomie speech and of course he didn’t fail to disappoint. He started off with praise for our returning Iraq war veterans when any rational human being knows that he holds our military in complete and utter contempt – as all leftists do.
He continued his ramping up of class warfare, which he claims he’s taking no part in. He continued the blame-game that he’s become very good at here in his first term.
He blasted big-oil for its record profits. Big shocker there.
He even tried fashioning himself as someone who is a small government guy:
I’m a Democrat. But I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed: That Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more. That’s why my education reform offers more competition, and more control for schools and States. That’s why we’re getting rid of regulations that don’t work. That’s why our health care law relies on a reformed private market, not a Government program.
This is laughable. Honestly. I could write a 1,000 page book just on the dishonesty of this speech, but have neither the time nor paper.
First off, Obama has nothing in common with President Lincoln and he doesn’t share any of the beliefs that Lincoln had. Period. Secondly, he doesn’t believe anything in that quote that he rambled off. “Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more”. Obama doesn’t think that the individual can do anything better than government. Therefore, government should handle everything. Lincoln believed in individual freedom. Obama does not. Lincoln believed in this country as founded. Obama does not. Lincoln believed in American Exceptionalism. Obama does not. Lincoln believed that the idea of America was personified by the individual and that the Founders were accurate in their understanding of free markets and untethered capitalism. Obama does not.
He does not believe in empowering the states and their local communities in any facet of government, much less education. He’s all for “getting rid of regulations that don’t work”, yet he has enacted sweeping regulation in his first term – more than any other president in history. What I found to be the most disingenuous statement was his declaration that ObamaCare “relies on a reformed private market, not a government program”. A government-takeover of 1/6 of the U.S. economy is a free market approach? I don’t even think his unwavering supporters actually believed that babbling brook of B.S. Even the state-controlled A.P. was flummoxed in their “fact check:”
About half of the more than 30 million uninsured Americans expected to gain coverage through the health care law will be enrolled in a government program. Medicaid, the federal-state program for low-income people, will be expanded starting in 2014 to cover childless adults living near the poverty line.
The other half will be enrolled in private health plans through new state-based insurance markets. But many of them will be receiving federal subsidies to make their premiums more affordable. And that’s a government program, too.
Starting in 2014 most Americans will be required to carry health coverage, either through an employer, by buying their own plan, or through a government program.
We don’t need a “reformed” private market in any sense and certainly not one that’s being reformed by a Marxist-in-Chief. The only reforming that’s going to do any good is when government is left out of the equation and the market can dictate the terms – on a general scale and when it comes to healthcare. Forcing every American citizen to purchase health insurance has nothing to do with free enterprise and is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Here he expertly displayed his ability at blaming everyone at else while leaving out anything factual:
Let’s remember how we got here. Long before the recession, jobs and manufacturing began leaving our shores. Technology made businesses more efficient, but also made some jobs obsolete. Folks at the top saw their incomes rise like never before, but most hardworking Americans struggled with costs that were growing, paychecks that weren’t, and personal debt that kept piling up.
Unions and government regulation are the reason why American manufacturing is dying. Just thought I’d point that out since he didn’t. And by the way, since when has technology been a bad thing. It’s obviously a deterrent to job creation for this president. Technology might make certain jobs obsolete but it in turn creates other new jobs, Mr. President. ATM’s and computers are good for society unless you preside over the rule of an Islamo-Fascist regime.
In 2008, the house of cards collapsed. We learned that mortgages had been sold to people who couldn’t afford or understand them. Banks had made huge bets and bonuses with other people’s money. Regulators had looked the other way, or didn’t have the authority to stop the bad behavior.
It was wrong. It was irresponsible. And it plunged our economy into a crisis that put millions out of work, saddled us with more debt, and left innocent, hard-working Americans holding the bag. In the six months before I took office, we lost nearly four million jobs. And we lost another four million before our policies were in full effect.
Notice how he deflects the blame away from government. There’s no mention of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. No mention of the chief orchestrators of the collapse – Barney Frank and Chris Dodd. The banks were just out there forcing these subprime mortgages on unsuspecting dopes all over the country. They are solely to blame. The government wasn’t forcing banks and other lending institutions to provide these mortgages to low-income recipients. No, that never happened. Those evil bankers caused this whole thing. Those people who just refuse to pay their fair share. The government – the biggest perpetrator of crony capitalism and fraud – had nothing to do with it.
Let me translate the last paragraph of his statement above: The banks caused the entire economic mess that we’re still dealing with. The housing bust created all this debt. I had nothing to do with it and I’m now an innocent bystander even though I’m currently outspending any other government in human history. Thanks to that incompetent, George W. Bush, we were losing jobs way before my time in the Oval Office and because of that idiot we continued losing jobs during my first term despite my best efforts. I just didn’t know how bad of a situation the country truly was in.
This wasn’t a State of the Union address. It was a campaign speech. He’s out running for reelection, blaming Bush and blaming the housing collapse for this endless recession that he and his administration contribute to on a daily basis; all the while claiming that we’re in a recovery. His policies are working. He just needs more time. He’s out there saying it and he will continue to say it. This is his path to reelection.
Barack Obama is a statist and a political opportunist who has his own interests at heart – not the country’s. If a majority of the electorate comes to this realization before November, we might still have a shot at putting this country back on a path to Constitutional Republicanism – as founded.
Brent Wahl is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where he studied history, politics, and social science while at the same time weathering a full-frontal assault waged by left-wing academics. He published and edited the first bi-weekly print newsletter to cover the Tampa Bay Rays and is the current editor of Preserving Liberty. He is a regular contributor to the Wingin’ It Raw radio program heard on rhinoonair.com and currently resides in his hometown of Saint Petersburg, Florida.
I’m pleased to announce that, starting today, Brent will be a regular contributor to Bulldog Pundit.