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The Free, the Fair, and the Feel Good
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The Free, the Fair, and the Feel Good

President Obama’s sixth State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, this one before a new, Republican-controlled Congress, delivered even more kumbaya than the usual, at least on the surface. The tone of this speech had a familiar ring to it as he quickly referenced a young family which had struggled to make ends meet early on in their marriage. The hardships faced by Rebekah and Ben consisted of debt in the form of student loans, a new house, and job changes. A “tight-knit” family can make it through difficult times. If they can, we – the whole of America – can:

“My fellow Americans, we too are a strong, tight-knit family. We, too, have made it through some hard times. Fifteen years into this new century, we have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off, and begun again the work of remaking America. We’ve laid a new foundation. A brighter future is ours to write. Let’s begin this new chapter — together — and let’s start the work right now.”

“…at every moment of economic change throughout our history, this country has taken bold action to adapt to new circumstances, and to make sure everyone gets a fair shot.

The social justice warrior obsession continues, as evidenced by his speech. If only we would truly give a fair shot, a fair deal to everyone, then we just might feel better about the inequality of outcome. It just isn’t fair that some have to work harder than others to achieve a dream. This is America, after all! Frustratingly apparent is that too many fail to grasp that equality of opportunity IS present, but this does not, nor ever will, bring about equality of outcome.

With the foundation of the fair, Obama expanded upon his idea of funding such a reality with the phrase “middle class economics”. Out of the gate came the desperate need for equal pay for women, as if we haven’t heard that false drumbeat enough:

“…Congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work. Really. It’s 2015.”

Really, heartless misogynists. It’s 2015. It isn’t 1955, or something…as if the date on the calendar should erase the importance of education, experience, and time on the job which strongly factors in to the pay received over the life of a female’s entire career. Facts are conveniently dismissed in favor of talking points meant to stir disgust at our caveman (I mean, cavewoman) type lives. It’s just not fair.

Furthering his ideas of fairness connected to *free stuff:

“I want to spread that idea all across America, so that two years of college becomes as free and universal in America as high school is today.”

The problem is, higher education isn’t high school. It’s a choice made by an individual to pursue more beyond their foundational, general education. (Surely the word choice is familiar to liberals. It’s a favorite in their lexicon). Free community college means the tab is paid for by others, lessening the impact of the student’s own desire to succeed, all the while furthering a handout mentality instead of one that says try hard, work hard, sacrifice when needed, and succeed on your own.

Once the focus was off the clearly oppressive nature of life in the United States, President Obama focused on the United States as a world player. He focused on coalition building. He focused on the need for smarter leadership. He focused on the idea that diplomacy is the name-of-the-game at the moment. Glaringly absent during this recital were harsh, sobering words about the evil that is Islamic extremism. It isn’t enough to suggest condemnation for acts of terror. We must, with words that leave no doubt, absolutely impart a sense of the inexcusable to that brand of radical bent on destroying our – and each member of a suggested coalition’s – fiber. After all, what can be concluded from a president who says the following?

“And no challenge – no challenge – poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”

Disconnected or disinterested? I’m not sure.

Sprinkled in the last act were remarks which insinuated that Americans respect human dignity (from a president quite supportive of abortion), and references to Ferguson (from a president eager to insert himself into the conversation to further divide).

“Because I want this chamber, this city, to reflect the truth — that for all our blind spots and shortcomings, we are a people with the strength and generosity of spirit to bridge divides, to unite in common effort, and help our neighbors, whether down the street or on the other side of the world.”

Despite being an unemotional, heartless conservative, I am actually not averse to helping others, seeking allies in the fight against our collective enemies, or listening to an opposing party’s ideas. I am, however, against a handout mentality simply because we feel the need to deposit in the bank of other people’s dreams. I am against the false sense that says if we just talk more, our enemies will listen. I am against compromising with another party simply because they’re the Congressional minority. President Obama famously said Tuesday night: “I have no more campaigns to run. I know because I won both of them.” For being the winner of two presidential campaigns, and this having been his sixth State of the Union address, not much has changed. We’re still stuck with the same, tired suggestions that if things were just more fair, and if we were less of a bully and more eager to talk things out, that millions of Americans pursuing a dream would find it, and the world would see us in a better light. This brand looks great in a shiny, rehearsed, prime time address of self-congratulation, but it does not bode well, and cannot survive, once such a speech is over.

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