The State Of The Union: Existential Crisis
While there were so very many things about last nights state of the Union address that inspired within me the urge to end the suspense already and just take a flying leap off of a cliff, let’s start with something positive shall we?
“With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections.”
Yes! As I have said previously, the recent Supreme Court decision will make it more likely that people will chose to piss into a gale force wind rather than vote.
Then he hedged:
“I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people. And I’d urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems.”
Some of the problems?
In the vast wasteland of problems embedded in our current system, a mountain of corruption only topped off with the cherry that is the recent Supreme Court ruling, you have thrown down the gauntlet and suggested a bill be created to address some of the these problems? This is just the type of mealy-mouthed mediocrity that assumes, correctly I believe (although we can argue about which is the chicken and which the egg) our society’s collective masochism, our existential dilemma, our manically depressed desperation that screams- this is the best our humanity has to offer?
It just this kind of rhetoric that inspired Howard Zinn (who, faced with the prospect of watching Obama’s State of the Union last night dropped dead of a heart attack) to quip: “If the gods had intended for people to vote, they would have given us candidates”
But, as any President faced with rapidly deteriorating approval ratings and the accompanying diminished influence over the silver spoon yahoos parading around the marble halls of the House will tell you, it’s the economy stupid.
Obama acknowledged this by saying:
“Families across the country are tightening their belts and making tough decisions. The federal government should do the same. We are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. “
Of course, there are exemptions to this. The Pentagon, fierce adherents to the philosophy that the best defense is a good offense, will continue to see its budget increase. While Obama promised not to turn his back on the uninsured in America. What then do you call spending more than 50% of the overall Federal budget on the military, whose primary function it seems, is to uphold, through the application of unilaterally applied lethal force, the American Dream, as articulated by the President last night, “I will not accept second place for the United States of America!”
Afterwards Chris Matthews said that watching the state of the Union he forgot Barack Obama was black. And that this was a major accomplishment of his presidency- the ushering in of a post racial society.
You’ll excuse me if I withhold my applause until we elect a president who can usher in a post Imperialist society, one with the Charlie Browns or a va jay jay (this is a post women’s movement society) to usher in single payer, slash military and defense spending and do something, anything, to steer us out of the path of our Christian Nations self fulfilling prophetic date with Armageddon.
Below the Break: Chris Matthews up past bedtime – forgot Obama ‘was Black tonight for an hour’, + full text of State of the Union