President Obama and The State of the Union
I don't think anyone can argue with the fact that President Obama gives a good speech. And his first State of the Union address was no different. Like a coach giving a pep talk after a less-than-stellar first quarter, he offered us a few inspirational words about where we could take this country...if we WANT IT enough.
The birthers and the teabaggers like to hold up posters and say things like "Hitler gave good speeches too!" But you know what else Hitler had? People willing to make his plans come to life. Think about it-- Hitler by himself was a babbling idiot. Hitler with an army was very very dangerous-- he had a legion of people that believed in the crazy crap that he did, and they did it GLADLY and with enthusiasm. And when I think about that, and the idiots that compare Obama to Hitler because he can give an inspirational speech...I think some people are so uneducated and simple-minded that I am amazed they are able to tie their shoes properly (unless they wear velcro).
What is the President really asking for? A better Health Care system. More accountability in the Finance industry. A shift towards clean energy. More jobs. Who is going to argue with those things? Who out there is saying "Screw that-- Commie!!!" It seems as if universally, we all want the same things. And, to be honest, I'm not sure I'm too happy with the way things have been going. But not because of Obama. You could have the best intentions in the world...but if the right people are not involved, things can be...well, kinda sh*tty.
Sure, we could blame him for picking the wrong people. He's admitted to making some mistakes (specifics aside, he has). But we have two political parties that are spending more time trying to keep their jobs, and not enough time doing what's right for the American people. Obama was right to call them both on their B.S. The DUMB-acrats needs to grow a pair, and the Re-PUNK-blicans need to grow up. In both cases, "growth" in involved. Evolution, progression, these things are important for this country to be a leader of the world again. If we keep listening to the populous rancor out there, we'll never get anywhere!
I know people are pissed. I was laid off in December of 2008, and out of work for 8 months last year, and it sucked. It was painful, it was degrading, it was extremely frustrating. I saw the signs all throughout 2008, when another President and administration were in charge. When President Obama spoke of this, you could see John McCain smiling, saying "Blame Bush". You can imagine the sarcasm in his voice while he said that. Well, *sshole, I DO blame Bush. Not the man personally, but the atmosphere he created with the other Republicans to tear this country down, strip it to the bone, and run away. A lot of people got rich (and richer) between 2001-2008, while the rest of us got screwed. It's not right, and it's not fair. And the same people that were around THEN are trying to obstruct any change that can make our lives better again...because change for them means they don't make the kind of money or have the same kind of influence they had before. We have to sacrifice so the relative few can continue to thrive. Well, F**K that!
I support this President. I know it's a very unpopular thing to say right now, but I've never been one to be popular, so...there you go. This man is doing what he can in the midst of knee-high bullsh*t. And it's easy to stand on the sidelines and bitch and moan about how he hasn't done ANYTHING for you. But what have you done? What are you doing? Really. At the end of his speech, he said what he has always said, but everyone seems to have conveniently forgotten: Change isn't easy, and he can't do it alone. And he's right. He's one man. How many of the non-contributing zero's out there are willing to get off the couch and do something? Or, as my grandmother used to say, "Shit, or get off the pot!".
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