Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Cruz calls it a 'circus': the State of the Union spectacle begins
washington Times ^ | January 24, 2014, 03:25PM | Jennifer Harper

Posted on 01/26/2014 8:48:31 AM PST by SoConPubbie

It is is political theater at its most frantic: the State of the Union address - SOTU in popular parlance - may now stand for “so too” much. The annual rite is amplified by shrill news coverage and endlessly endlessly punctuated by partisan applause, planned distractions, mystifying protocols and annoying insider behaviors. The speech-as-spectacle has strayed from the austere path recommended in Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution which advises that the president of the moment shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

Yes, well. It’s oh, so much more these days. The masters of showmanship over at the White House are using the speech on Tuesday night to drum up the Democratic cause, offering an “enhanced broadcast” and “exclusive graphics” to those who sign up for it. Speechwriters also offered a coyly blurred image of the marked up address draft via the White House Instagram account. There could be a reason for showbiz-style audience engagement here, though. Mr. Obama drew 52.4 million viewers during his first address in 2009. Last year, the audience was 33.3 million.

One Texas Republican imagined what the prime-time performance would entail. “I’m having visions of going to the circus and seeing clowns juggling things on fire,” sighed Sen. Ted Cruz during a radio appearance with host Glenn Beck.

All the trappings aside, length seems to matter to Democrats. Consider that Ronald Reagan’s annual addresses averaged 40 minutes each, according to a count from the University of California. Former Presidents George H.W.Bush averaged 45 minutes, Bill Clinton averaged 75 minutes, George W. Bush 52 minutes and Mr. Obama 64 minutes.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz

"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." - Alexander Hamilton

 

"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all." -- President Ronald Reagan

 

"A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." - Thomas Paine 1792

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams

 

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

 


1 posted on 01/26/2014 8:48:31 AM PST by SoConPubbie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie; CAluvdubya; warsaw44; Alissa; ontap; Finny; kitkat; super7man; Battle Axe; Rodamala; ..

Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.

Please beware, this is a high-volume ping list!


2 posted on 01/26/2014 8:49:12 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

The rat drones will stand and applaud like a women with an orgasm, criminals for criminals and those on the fringes now that if they dont they’ll be someone watching to take care of business as time goes on.


3 posted on 01/26/2014 8:54:14 AM PST by ronnie raygun
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie
Are there any non-democrats who have the courage to boycott this 3-ringer? All Tea Party members should just stay home.

I would love to see about 1/3 of the place just empty, kinda like 0bama's head.

4 posted on 01/26/2014 8:56:00 AM PST by Licensed-To-Carry (Hey Obama! It's all your fault now, you own it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

I agree with Ted. Lots of monkeys dancing around with one another, clapping and doing “standing “O”s on cue for their “Dear Leader”. Ummmm. Ummmm. Ummmm. Kind of like a Planet of the Apes sequel. The Congress of the Apes.


5 posted on 01/26/2014 8:59:41 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare. The "global warming" of healthcare plans.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ronnie raygun

I haven’t watched an Obama SOTU address yet and I have no plans to watch this one. I do not allow him in my house. I will also not watch the pundits swoon over him and his speech following his propaganda to the nation.


6 posted on 01/26/2014 9:00:25 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Russ

“I haven’t watched an Obama SOTU address yet and I have no plans to watch this one. “

I watched a bit of his first one, but bailed out in disgust. Can’t stand hearing his voice. Will be here instead for this one.


7 posted on 01/26/2014 9:06:27 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Who is going to be the annointed “Victim” highlighted sitting with the First Mooch this year?

A black/hispanic Muslim transgender that owes his/her life to Obamacare for furnishing their birthcontrol?


8 posted on 01/26/2014 9:07:14 AM PST by digger48
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Russ

I can’t stand to even read the words that bass turd says anymore, let alone watch so much as 2 seconds of him.


9 posted on 01/26/2014 9:08:18 AM PST by digger48
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie
Hopefully the Republicans will get this guy to do their response.


10 posted on 01/26/2014 9:11:53 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Russ
I haven’t watched an Obama SOTU address yet and I have no plans to watch this one.

I think I watched one or two but I no longer have tv. It is a wonderful thing with my exposure to him being limited to photos in news articles or Drudge (and most of those mock him).

Although I go to YouTube to watch a clip from the SOTU if Obama locks eyes with Sean Hannity and flubs his speech. I bet all Sean would have to do is smile and wave at him.
11 posted on 01/26/2014 9:16:45 AM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: ronnie raygun

The country is in just great shape, according to the democrats. Obama should stick to the lie and tell the world what a wonderful state the country is in.

And every republican should scream “You lie!” at the end of each lie.


12 posted on 01/26/2014 9:17:51 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: LostInBayport
That would be priceless. To see 0 glancing away from his TOTUS, only to lock eyes with Hannity or El Rushbo in the audience. The "um's, er's and ah's" would stumble out of his lyin' mouth.

It would be the same stammering, stuttering and glazed over looked he had in his first (?) debate with Mittens.

13 posted on 01/26/2014 9:23:22 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie
 photo c37wak_zps8d01e941.gif
14 posted on 01/26/2014 9:23:50 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Funniest thing I’ve seen all day.


15 posted on 01/26/2014 9:31:14 AM PST by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: skeeter

That was from the state of the union speech last year.


16 posted on 01/26/2014 9:32:04 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Russ

I don’t even watch the Republican SOTU address. It’s just theater.


17 posted on 01/26/2014 9:36:01 AM PST by rcofdayton (.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

that gif tells a lot


18 posted on 01/26/2014 9:45:27 AM PST by digger48
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

If Cruz is elected president, an easy change for him to make would be to return to the old tradition of the president just sending a text version of the SOTU, instead of having a big dog and pony show, wasting millions of dollars.


19 posted on 01/26/2014 9:45:28 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Licensed-To-Carry

There is a standing boycott of the communist in chief at my house- fast forward, or watch a previously recorded show instead. I can find out what he was lying about later.


20 posted on 01/26/2014 9:56:07 AM PST by matthew fuller (Our enemy list- http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/fact-sheets/2004/anti-gun-lobbying-organizations..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

*


21 posted on 01/26/2014 9:58:35 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie
I won't watch any of it, either. I won't waste my precious time listening or watching that blather.

Perhaps we all should stay away and drop the ratings.

I don't know what else to do to send a message. My representatives and Senators don't listen to me anyway, so why should I listen to them.

22 posted on 01/26/2014 10:01:59 AM PST by Parmy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Priceless.


23 posted on 01/26/2014 10:05:34 AM PST by reagandemocrat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: VerySadAmerican
And every republican should scream “You lie!” at the end of each lie.

And every republican should blow a duck call at the end of each lie.

24 posted on 01/26/2014 10:17:56 AM PST by Octar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Octar
And every republican should scream “You lie!” at the end of each lie. And every republican should blow a duck call at the end of each lie.

They would all be very hoarse and deflated by the end of the speech.

25 posted on 01/26/2014 10:20:07 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Do you have one for pogo-stick Nancy?


26 posted on 01/26/2014 10:59:54 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Octar

And every republican should scream “You lie!” at the end of each lie.
And every republican should blow a duck call at the end of each lie.

If I knew this was going to happen, I would watch. Of course, I would need a beverage and popcorn.


27 posted on 01/26/2014 11:10:45 AM PST by Lakeside Granny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Give all the republicans a liile Buzzer. When Obama lies, press the buzzer. Would be a blast to hear all the buzzers going off.


28 posted on 01/26/2014 11:29:01 AM PST by Pit1 (Obama is the big pile in the road.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: digger48

If the GOP will not boycott—I will by Not Watching this farce—or any re-caps or worthless comments by the talking heads. Only person I Might Catch id Ted Cruz and his comments and I can get that from Matt Drudge. The whole thing is a waste of time—


29 posted on 01/26/2014 11:31:13 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Twitter and facebook users should have a real-time fest yelling “YOU LIE!” as the POTUS insults us on free air-time.

It would be less personally destructive than doing shots for every lie he pronounces...


30 posted on 01/26/2014 12:43:20 PM PST by bitt (If Obama is really worried about “the children”, he should be bombing planned parenthood.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

I love it! What a classic.


31 posted on 01/26/2014 12:46:22 PM PST by hawkaw
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: FlingWingFlyer

Racist overtones...no?


32 posted on 01/26/2014 1:13:16 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Great gif. Looks like McCain upped his Viagra that night.


33 posted on 01/26/2014 1:57:52 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: ronnie raygun

The GOP should just not show up.


34 posted on 01/26/2014 4:07:03 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Octar

That would be funny. Everyone would think of Duck Dynasty.


35 posted on 01/26/2014 4:21:57 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: FlingWingFlyer

congress of the apes...that was a good one


36 posted on 01/27/2014 5:40:21 AM PST by ConservativeDude
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson