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Obama's SOTU Address: Wake Me When it's Over

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Erik O'Dowd
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Is the nation at war in Afghanistan? Are our drones killing Pakistanis? Is our ongoing occupation of Iraq costing us billions a year? Are our homes being foreclosed? Are our wages declining? Are the bankers and stock-traders grabbing huge paychecks and bonuses? Is the writ of habeas corpus suspended? Is Guantanamo filled with untried prisoners? Are our domestic prisons overcrowded, our states and cities impoverished, our populace locked and loaded? Is America, in these and many more aspects, in decline and in need of fundamental transformation?

No, not if you managed to stay awake through that miserable excuse of a "state of the union" speech by Obama. To hear him tell it, we've got to tweak this, tweak that, address this, address that, and, at all events, come together to fix some things.

He doesn't get it, does he? This chance he had -" and likely he'll get only one more chance, since it's almost certain he won't be re-elected -" to turn America around from its otherwise-inalterable course toward oblivion, resulted in ho-hum rhetoric and political platitudes about "America, the good and the grand." What a bore, what a sad excuse for transformative leadership.

Boys and girls, based on this "performance" (complete with cameo shots of members of the audience, cued by the White House, of various human objects to personalize Obama's grandiose, meaningless examples) we're in for another two years of political crud.

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I'm a writer, living in Santa Barbara, CA. Formerly a lawyer, but now recovered. I suppose you'd say I'm a Lefty, but I'm not crazy about labels. I'm grossly disappointed in the state of American politics, American capitalism and consumerism; (more...)
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