Skip to comments.A Reconciliatory State of the Union
Posted on 01/31/2014 3:44:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
I love my President. I love our President. You should love him, too even if you disagree with some (or even all) of his policies. You should love him, too regardless as to whether youre a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent. You should love him whether you subscribe to a system of faith or not. When you get right down to it, thats what America is. America is about inclusion rather than exclusion. America is a place of exceptionalism rather than extremism. America needs much more magnanimity; and much less megalomania.
Last Tuesday night, President Barack Obama delivered a masterful State of the Union address. The reason why it was so masterful is because it was a call for reconciliation between Republicans and Democrats, between the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Congress, between Congress and the American people, between the richest Americans and the poorest Americans, between men and women, and between American citizens of all racial subsections. It was an incredibly optimistic and nationalistic speech free of political cheap shots and yawn-inducing recitations of party talking points. The President asked us all to do our part to make America an even greater union. How could anyone argue against that?
In the days preceding the Presidents State of the Union address, various media outlets reported previews of Mr. Obamas forthcoming speech asObama-2014-StateOfTheUnion being filled with incendiary, unrepentant, criticism-filled language. Some reports hinted that POTUS was going to go off. Right-leaning bloggers and pundits spread the narrative that President Obama intended to for all intents and purposes take the United States Constitution, set it on fire, and polish off a cold six-pack of beer as he watched it burn. None of these prognostications proved to be true. I repeat: none of those things ended up being true. The President zigged when his political opponents expected him to zag. Muhammad Ali one of the greatest boxers the world has ever seen knows exactly what President Obama did; after all, he perfected the move.
Its called the rope-a-dope. This strategy calls for a boxer to linger in a corner of the ring or against the ropes while appearing to be vulnerable. When your opponent moves in to attack, you wait until the last possible instant before you suddenly unleash a blinding barrage of punches and counterpunches. Your opponents own momentum is effectively used against him. This is what happened to those Republicans who sought to attack the President before the man spoke the first word of the SOTU. Those who did so looked foolish and petty in the process because they had fallen into the trap of overreacting to pundits predictions about the State of the Union; not the address itself. Left jab, body blow, right hook knockout.
Heres what President Obama stated as goals for 2014: In the coming months, lets see where else we can make progress together. Lets make this a year of action. Thats what most Americans want for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations. And what I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead.
Heres what the President did call for: fixing our broken immigration system, repairing Section 4 of the Voters Right Act, closing Guantanamo Bay, equal pay for American women in our workplaces, responsible massacre control legislation to help eliminate mass shootings in the U.S., patience from Congress to give diplomacy a chance in the continuing efforts to peacefully prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb, strengthening the middle class, the building new ladders of opportunity into the middle class, reducing inequality in access to higher education, combating homelessness, closing unnecessary loopholes in our tax code, refurbishing our nations infrastructure, creating high-tech manufacturing jobs, continuing Americas pursuit of energy independence, doing more to support small businesses and entrepreneurs, taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint, the restoration of unemployment insurance benefits, student loan reformation, universal high-quality pre-K, raising the U.S. minimum hourly wage to $10.10, and helping Americans to start their own retirement savings.
The President didnt threaten or embarrass Congress. He asked its members for help. Thats reconciliation, ladies and gentlemen. Dictators dont ask anybody anything; they usurp everything. Effective Presidents build consensus and are willing to compromise. Mr. Obama belongs to the latter not the former.
82 standing ovations during the SOTU tell the tale. The President believes that the American people make the state of our union strong. He thinks 2014 can be our breakthrough year. He says the U.S. is better-positioned for the 21st century than any other nation on Earth. What say you?
Servile I LOVE that word!
I heard no rope a dope.from Buraq Obama..just SKIPPING ROPE!!
he was clumsy,...out of step.. missed every beat, lied through his teeth and looked WAY out of his league.
Obama is the most divisive pResident EVER! What about that statement does this guy not get? Obama has made several promises and they were all LIES! He changes Laws on his personal whims to protect himself from criticism. Never did I ever think I would witness something like this Admin in the Land of the FREE and Home of the BRAVE! I weep for our country.
Dear Rev. Jones,
You are on your knees to the wrong person.
What parallel universe is this guy from?
No America is not about inclusion, it’s about freedom you idiot.
Did the revrund channel Himmler?
Achtung! Der fuhrer has your interests at heart, white, honkey pigs. Seig heil!
Gimmedat! Gimmedat! Gimmedat! Gimmedat! Gimmedat! Gimmedat! Gimmedat! Gimmedat! Gimmedat!
i am appalled.
82 standing ovations?
82 standing ovations rendered by slavering acolytes, fully in accord with Barack Hussein Obama’s pledge to fundamentally transform the U.S.A., to rule it with the pen and telephone of a Socialist Autocrat.
I didn’t watch it, but I presume the standing ovations were from the Democrats in the audience, thanking their Fuehrer for all the pork.
Let me put tis into a similar context....
Women, even though you've told him 'no' a thousand times and even though you were 'rufied'' in 2008, you should love your rapist.
None. He’s just your garden-variety racist black.
servile, slavish idiots following their pied piper
Brain cancer has another name