If you skipped the State Of The Union speech (and I couldn’t blame you, if you did…), then you missed roughly an hour of our president insulting our intelligence and lying about objective facts and figures. So, basically, no real surprises.
His primary and heavy-handed message was brutally obvious: Obama sees his Administration as a Marxist/socialist Robin Hood, and he’s here to make things “fair” (I’m starting to really hate that word…) for the downtrodden. He’s Barack The Lionhearted, fighting for the oppressed serfs.
Translation: if you thought issues such as “Obama Phones” and Solyndra were beyond the pale, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.
Often wrapped within familiar-sounding American rhetoric, the theme of the “class struggle” of the American worker battling an oppressive bourgeoisie was consistent throughout the evening. It was always “Us” vs. “Them”, portrayed time after time as problem, then enemy, then Government-led solution. This was almost painful to listen to. It was so paint-by-numbers, so perfunctory, I was predicting two-thirds of the lines prior to Obama saying them. It was as if he’d farmed out its writing to the local college Marxist club, and they cobbled it together using their college thesis, Newsweek, Wikipedia and Obama’s last couple of speeches.
So, since I suffered through watching it twice (I seem to enjoy pain), here in no particular order are some of the more abhorrent lines from the other night:
(1) “…we cannot presume to dictate the course of change in countries like Egypt…”
Really? Well, it sure looks like we’re “presuming” all over the place, since we are still sending new F-16’s to Egypt, even as we speak. With the Muslim Brotherhood now in charge there, doesn’t supplying arms to folks who don’t have our best interests at heart fit somewhere into “presuming to dictate”?
Of course, maybe “presume” was another of those words that our government has decided to redefine for us?
(2) Obama lied about global warming (or whatever they’re calling it now) Yet again:
“…the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods, all are now more frequent and more intense.
We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science and act before it’s too late.”
We can “choose to believe”? What, you mean like “faith”? Hmmm, interesting choice of wording for science, doncha’ think?
Whatever. My eyeballs involuntarily rolled back into my skull as soon as he started with “the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15…”. By whose measurements was that determined? ‘Cause according to the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme (funded by England’s Department for Energy and Climate Change):
The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week.
The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.
This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years.
So, if there has been no discernible warming for the past 16 years, would someone like to explain to me how “the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15…”?
Take your time; I’ll wait here.
(3) “After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over 6 million new jobs.”
Oh, come on; AGAIN with this? Even the AP calls ‘foul’ on this claim:
“…Obama starts his count not when he took office, but from the point in his first term when job losses were the highest. In doing so, he ignores the 5 million or so jobs that were lost on his watch, up to that point.
Private sector jobs have grown by 6.1 million since February 2010. But since he became president, the gain is a more modest 1.9 million. And when losses in public sector employment are added to the mix, his overall jobs record is a gain of 1.2 million.”
Six million; one-point-two million. That’s actually not too bad for Barack: he’s only off by 400%, after all. Mark Twain’s old quote: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics…” certainly jumps to mind when you see this level of cherry-picked data.
(4) Obama’s continuing castigation of the upcoming Sequester cuts, and his repeated blaming them on (who else??) the Republican-led House.
Now if you have been paying any attention whatsoever to this charade, you are well aware that (according to none other than Democrat heartthrob Bob Woodward) the Sequester was OBAMA’s idea. Let me say it again: this was President Genius‘s creation. So to hear him keep trying to lay this at Congress’s feet is either galling or laughable, …or both.
It’s noteworthy that the Associated Press failed to point out that rather glaring fact in their “fact check” of the speech. I very much doubt the reason is that they hadn’t heard of Woodward’s book.
(5) “As long as I’m commander-in-chief, we will do whatever we must to protect those who serve their country abroad, and we will maintain the best military the world has ever known.”
One word: Benghazi.
This is where I switched from being insulted to being incensed. We’ll do “whatever we must”? SURE you will. In Benghazi, we failed to deploy any help to our men who were “serving their country abroad”, and we have yet to get any credible reason why. Actually, the most clearly stated response that the Administration has given to date is “What difference, at this point, does it make?“, as to why those brave American citizens were left completely alone to die.
Statements like Obama’s “We will do whatever we must…” is why the divide in our country is so wide. When one side’s standard-bearer is capable of lies of this magnitude and importance, the other side simply tunes him or her out. President Pander has lost any and all credibility, forever, by his own hand. And it doesn’t appear to faze him in the least.
(6) “Already the ‘Affordable Care Act’ is helping to reduce the growth of health care costs.”
We just covered the latest wrinkle that is being realized in Obamacare: we don’t have enough doctors, so we’re going to begin “redefining” what being a doctor is. Plus company after company is cutting back on their part-time labor, in order to get under the minimum requirement for providing healthcare coverage.
And newsflash to the White House: We are certainly not “bending the cost curve down”, which was the main selling point of Obamacare all along.
Dr. Obama can prattle on about whatever he wants with the Affordable Care Act, but one thing remains clear: it will not result in our care being more affordable, and it will be significantly inferior care. I don’t recall either of those attributes being mentioned when they passed this, do you?
(7) The most gag-inducing moment came near the end, when he mentioned the recent shooting death of a 15-year-old girl from Chicago named Hadiya Pendleton:
“Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote. (APPLAUSE) — They deserve a vote. (APPLAUSE) — They deserve a vote. (APPLAUSE) — Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. (APPLAUSE) — The families of Newtown deserve a vote. (APPLAUSE) — The families of Aurora deserve a vote. (APPLAUSE) — The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence, they deserve a simple vote. (APPLAUSE) — They deserve; … they deserve a simple vote.”
This is emotional posturing and nonsense.
Why, exactly, does this bill deserve a vote? Is it just if you have a particular Leftwing ideology that you deserve a vote? The Democrat-controlled Senate hasn’t bothered to submit a budget for years, and submitting a budget is the LAW. Why does an unconstitutional gun ban bill deserve a vote, and the entire country’s finances don’t?
By the way, Chicago has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country, yet has arguably the nation’s worst record regarding gun violence. In a sane world, this would cause some on the Left to reconsider trying to enact even more gun laws.
In the Age of Obama, we are not living in a sane world.
There were other parts which were almost as bad, but I’d be here for days if I tried to touch on every one of them. If you really want to re-live all the fun, the video is here:
By the way, I found it helpful to have something soft nearby, so that I could throw it at the TV when I felt the urge….