Jan 14, 201609:29 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Obama’s State of the Union speech introduced his successors: Ryan and Haley
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Once again, Your Humble Squire goes off-message.
I thought the president’s State of the Union Tuesday night was strong. He promised a short speech (it wasn’t) so the audience could hop the overnight to Iowa. That was genuinely funny, not “pause for laugh here” funny.
Barack Obama is correct to say that democracy “does not work if we think our political opponents are unpatriotic.” Too many of my Tea Party friends are guilty of that. Too many Lefties conjure elaborate Koch Bros. conspiracy theories instead of countering with arguments of their own.
Obama took some of the blame for not bringing Americans together and, in a passive aggressive way, regretted that he was not an Abraham Lincoln — while suggesting that only Lincoln could have brought the two sides together. Wrong. Lincoln was America’s most divisive president. The nation did, after all, split in two. Not that divisiveness is always pernicious. Our national political divide is not a-historical.
The man did reach out to Paul Ryan for harnessing conservative principles to combat poverty. I continue to think Ryan’s message of optimism will launch him into the presidency.
Both Obama and Nikki Haley struck out against Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Trump is a demagogue, as is Bernie Sanders. But at least he breaks through the over-scripted candidate speak, as did Ronald Reagan. People are hungry for candidates who will level with them.
In “Notes on a Phenomenon,” Mark Steyn, our modern day Ambrose Bierce, bemoans “… the stilted robotic artificiality of the eternally on-message candidate — which is one of the things that normal people hate about politics.”
What is “authenticity” in contemporary politics? Is it a man who parlayed a routine Congressional career into a lucrative gig at Lehman Brothers presenting himself as the son of a mailman? [That would be John Kasich.] Or is it a billionaire with a supermodel wife dropping the pretense that he’s no different from you stump-toothed losers in the rusting double-wides?
Did JFK pretend to be Everyman? Why does Hillary? Paul Ryan actually IS.