The State of Conflict and Confusion

President Obama’s recent Oration to the Nation could be called the State of the Onion. Peeling back the layers of rhetoric we find nothing but tears in an incomplete, evasive, conflicted summary of his six-year political campaign obfuscated with blame, accusations, lecturing, lies and I-didn’t-know-about-that. Other than that, his usual sound and fury was moderated but, “boring and irrelevant,” as columnist Cal Thomas described it. Mr. Thomas suggested, with no due respect, that the POTUS delivered his address and “nobody cared.” (link)

Thomas defines political speech as that which “exists in its own world and creates its own standards.” Politicians, he writes, “measure their policies according to their own ‘facts’ ignoring outcomes that don’t fit their beliefs.” In Obama’s case he “doubles down” on that. It explains why the current occupier of the White House faces polling where “63 percent of American voters surveyed lack any confidence (Obama) will make right decisions for the country’s future.”

Even some press pundits who largely ignored reporting the lack of Obama’s qualifications to sit in the high office, much less lead or manage anything, now face the reality that elections have consequences—in this case, seriously flawed outcomes destructive to the country.

Michael Gerson, columnist for the Washington Post, wrote that last Tuesday night Obama (typically) “ceded nothing” of his failures. Instead (typically) he blamed American citizens for ignorance of Obamacare’s “helpful provisions” and implied that we are “insufficiently grateful” to him for his great work. (link)

Misspoken like the arrogant narcissist that Obama is. (A few days before the “State” speech, George Will wrote about it as exhibitionism.) (link)

Mr.Gerson continued with his critique of the speech: “…no recognition of continuing implementation problems, no empathy for losers in the new system, no course correction of any kind.”

Not surprising for a delusional person thoroughly wrapped in himself.

Columnist Ruth Marcus noted “silence” on fiscal issues in the speech. She examined the “depressing catalog of last year’s unfinished business”—resembling a New Year’s resolution: “Lose weight! Get organized!—but never achieved.” (link)

She wrote: “There was a glancing reference to ‘bringing down our deficit in a balanced way.’” But about “controlling Medicare costs or putting Social Security on a sustainable footing…nary a whisper.” Obama is tired of this issue, writes Ms. Marcus, “It generates grief from a base he needs to rev up.” Obama “back-patted” by claiming that “deficits have been cut more than half,” what Marcus calls a “misleading and irrelevant measure.” She concludes with, “Once the president promised to stop kicking the can down the road. Now, he acts as if there is no can.”

And no responsibility.

This speech showed a bored, inept and disconnected president. Too late, many Americans now realize (many others remain in denial) that rather than voting for a mature, responsible, accomplished person for president, they voted for a cult personality—a very expensive empty suit—bringing conflict and confusion to America.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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