While I was perusing the local progressive gathering place, Quadsville, I came across an article I found intriguing. QC Times Reporter/Quadsville supervisor Melissa Coulter was lamenting about the diverse interpretation of Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech. She queried if perhaps there was two separate dictionaries used for translation – one for Republicans and one for Democrats. I refuse to claim either party, but maybe there is separate dictionaries. Most words have multiple meaning in a dictionary and some meanings are diversely varied in their practice. The same can also be said for people and/or ideologies. The old adage is very true – one mans trash is another mans treasure. I think that adage very much describes how many people heard Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech.
It was evident from the beginning of Coulter’s writing that Obama’s speech was a preconceived treasure for her. She had excitedly laid out plans to use it as both entertainment and a teaching experience for her young daughter. I think that is very laudable notion for a parent. Not so great of an idea for a journalist that uses the event for an article. Coulter went on to express her confusion about how anyone could have complained about what she had perceived as a great speech. A journalist, that makes his or her living from such events, needs to view each political event from a quizzical, yet skeptical nature in order to be able to separate political rhetoric from political reality. It sounded as if from the beginning Coulter had already set herself up to believe in the Obama magical rhetoric. It is a pattern that journalists nationwide have fallen into. When you fall into that pattern, what you have left is Chris “I get a thrill up my leg” Matthews idiocy.
When I listened to Obama’s state of the union address all I heard was hypocrisy and the same false promise campaign rhetoric he used to get elected. Even the AP found fantasy among the Obama rhetoric. I heard him point accusing fingers at numerous individuals for the shortcomings of his administration. He complained about lobbyists and special interests influence in Washington DC politics. Yet he has made allowances to make several lobbyists to become part of Team Obama and special interests like SEIU leadership lead the way in Oval Office visitations. He complained that Republicans are holding up legislation. Yet until Senator elect Brown is seated Democrats will have held a super majority of seats in the Senate and the House. The Republicans have held no power to stop legislation for over one year. Obama complained about partisanship by Republicans. Yet it has been Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi that have been holed up in backrooms creating legislation without allowing input from even opposing views from within their own party. And it is partisan Democrats who seek to use reconciliation as a methos to force feed Obamacare to an unwanting public. Obama decried the Washington DC political scene. Yet it has been Obama along with Reid and Pelosi that have been using bribery and extortion tactics against members of their very own party in attempts to pass legislation like Obamacare. Obama talked about serving the people. Yet it is Obama, Reid and Pelosi that seek to push legislation like Obamacare and Cap and Trade through the Congress – despite the voting public being overwhelmingly against such legislation. He did throw out a few hollow boned words about creating jobs and deficit reduction. Yet his job words rang empty because they lacked specifics about how he planned on increasing manufacturing exportations when our industry has to fight competition from slave labor countries like China. His talk of deficit reduction forgot to mention it would only reduce the deficit about 1%. Plus it would be conveniently scheduled for after the next election – just in case they need to forget the idea. The speech was little more than the same false hope and change rhetoric Obama used to get elected. And the Obama and Democratic Congress actions have been everything Obama decried in his State of the Union Speech. Team Obama – No hope, No change just more of the same tired old Washington DC hypocrisy of politics.
Did Melissa Coulter and I hear the same speech? Yes we did. Did we use different dictionaries as we translated the Obama speech? Maybe. All I can say for sure is that Obama has been long on promises and hypocrisy but short on facts and action. I live in the real world and I can say for certain that until Obama proves otherwise- in my opinion his speech was more trash than treasure.