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My Turn: The State of the Union Address . . . why?

The State of the Union Address . . . why?
The State of the Union Address . . . why?
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What’s the big deal with the State of the Union address?
Like it or not, you have to admit that it is a big deal, a very big deal.
Think about it . . . the networks will give up millions of dollars in ad revenues by cancelling prime time programming and CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC pundits will hang around after the applause fades away, peppering the airwaves with the hackneyed commentaries they’ve been throwing at us after every state of the union address since Woodrow Wilson was president.
And the pomp and circumstance . . . almost as showy as Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the State Opening of Parliament in Westminster Abbey.
The president will stroll into the capitol like a conquering hero and will be mobbed by crowds of politicos who will smile, pump his hand, pat him on the back, wish him all the best, applaud and cheer his ideas and proposals and then happily proceed to forget everything they heard moments after they put their little heads on their little pillows tonight.
It’s not that President Obama won’t give a stunning state of the union address.
The guy’s a great orator . . . especially when compared to the stumblebum who preceded him in the White House.
The scuttlebutt is that the president will call on this stunningly incompetent Congress to stand up for the nation it ostensibly serves to make life better for this generation and generations to come by increasing the minimum wage, by legislating humane, economically sound immigration reform, by supporting the Affordable Care Act, and by balancing foreign policy to continue to fight terrorism as we wind down our direct involvement in Afghanistan and continue to confront the civil war in Syria and the prospect of nuclear weapons in Iran.
Even all those loyal democrats in the House and Senate who leap to their feet and applaud and cheer every time the president makes a proposal tonight will do little or nothing to make any of those proposals become realities.
And, Republicans . . . oh those, oh so funny Republicans.
Like nerdy 5th graders forced to wait for their turn at tetherball behind all the cool guys, Republicans, led by grim-faced John Boehner, will sit on their hands, grimacing, growling, and grunting in response to just about anything and everything the president has to say.
Whether you lean right or left, you know that what I’m saying is true.
I know what you’re thinking: Davy, so what? Who cares that you don’t care about the state of the union address? Let it go . . . get over it!
Okay . . . I get what you’re saying, except, I wonder . . . why do we do it?
Why do we pretend to care about the state of the union address when we know very well that most of what President Obama has to say tonight will, as usual, add up to absolutely nothing?
I’d really like to know.
Wouldn’t you?

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