The State of the Union – no surprise…

We are hardly into the new year and already, my “prediction” has been realized : ( https://alexallenblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/what-will-2015-bring/ )

“Disappointment” is not a word that can be used to describe the State of the Union speech itself.   It was predictable; no surprise to me that it was filled with nonsense.  This is not the disappointment I speak of.  Obama now is becoming old news – becoming less and less relevant as more people realize that Obama isn’t the problem, it’s everyone behind him.  Obama leaves, another takes his place.

And now he is nothing more than a little man with big ears desperately struggling to leave some sort of legacy for the textbooks, nothing more.  So let’s see Obama for what he is: old news.

Rather, the disappointment I speak of was the GOP response.  Delivered by Joni Ernst, a rising star in the GOP machine, famous for “castrating hogs on an Iowa farm” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9Y24MFOfFU ) failed to translate such blunt rhetoric into the GOP response.  Not only was it a disappointment, it was a complete bore – and wasn’t the effective response that the GOP commentators thought it was.

It was full of “feel good” statements, folksy remarks, cliches, and outright ironies.  “Change the direction,” “Stale old policies” (in refrence to Democrat policies, but we can expect the same from the GOP) In short, this did not help whatsoever and just added to the heap of many words which mean so little.

The only SOTU response worth watching was the libertarian party response – imagine, a speech with substance!  Well, here it is:  ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9fts21s3Ao&index=1&list=LL3sr463N-sbf2LxeikFlV9Q  )

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Oui, je suis Charlie!

Was it shameful that there was no American representation at the march of leaders in Paris?  Perhaps.  But I don’t think we should be suprised by this “oversight.”

After all, the United States is the land of liberty and justice for all only in our patriotic delusions.

But had someone been sent from the Obama administration, or even if the graying Obama had went himself – it wouldn’t have meant anything.   In fact, his presence might have just made a mockery of the march and the tradgedy itself.  Why?

I doubt that Obama cares for the free speech of Charlie Hebdo.  He has made it very clear that the “future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” equating those who slander the prophet to the “corrupt few that steal a country’s resources” or a “dictator who massacres his people.”  In 2012, the White House questioned the French magazine’s decision to publish some cartoons slandering Islam.  Note, the WH has never (at least so far as I know) questioned the publication of anti-Christian or anti-Jewish cartoons (and Charlie Hebdo published a great amount of those, for sure.)

I cannot  imagine that now, Obama is siding with the cartoonists.  I’m not saying he is siding with the attackers, but I am saying that had he participated in the march, at best it would have been lip service.  Obama, not a muslim himself but shmpathizes with them heavily, would not believe in such “free speech.” All in all, his presence would have been pointless.

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What will 2015 bring?

It has come to my attention that I have not entered anything in here since… November.

Well, it’s time to kick off another year of political blogging (or… Complaining?)

Politically, what will 2015 bring?  Dissapointment.  Bitter dissapointment.

The tone of this year was set, I think, with the House of Represenatives vote to re-elect Boehner as speaker of the house.

It was really quite something to see/hear – a bunch of elected represenatives, squirming, trying to justify mediocrity.  Our own Steve Russell and Markwayne Mullin proved to be quite a dissapointment when they gave into the powers that be.

Quite absurd!  Essentially the same mindset that the voters have.  “Oh, well, he dosen’t have the chance, does not have the votes, so I can’t support him, it would be a wasted vote!”  Why are people so afraid to be part of a loosing team? I have stressed again and again that there is no such thing as a wasted vote when voting UPON PRINCIPLE.

As if that was not enough to set this tone of dissapointment.  Jeb Bush, the darling of the establishment, has launched a PAC with the goal of getting him into the White House.   If he wins, dissapointment – he’s another Bush – if he looses, dissapointment – Hillary will win.

Last November voters have done what they have been doing for a century or more – choosing the lesser of the two evils.   Why should voters expect a different result now?  The next year, unless something incredible happens (unlikely) will be a year of bitter dissapointment for us all,  and may just hand the left the White House in 2016.

So… happy new year, I guess.

Seriously though, politics isn’t everything.  I do wish all of my readers a blessed and happy new year!