The Increasing Irrelevancy of the State of the Union and the U.S. Presidency!
Last night, President Obama made his last State of the Union Speech [SOTUS]. The problem was that he made it. And I did not listen to it.
Like most Americans, I have become inured to the political absurdities that were once considered mandates of a free society. There is nothing that Obama or any other politician could tell me that could not have been predicted and disregarded beforehand.
He talked about wage inequality. We have always had and will continue to have wage inequality. So what? Americans struggle to make a living. We have always struggled to make a living. You get the idea. So on so forth.
The new biggest item on the agenda of ‘show and tell’ was ‘trannies’ or transgender. I don’t really think that the issue of ‘transgender’ or LGBT is commensurate with the supposed gravity of the SOTUS. Nevertheless, that statement made it into the Huffington Post as a ‘hot item’; alongside the “Deflategate”–the NFL report that the Patriots used ‘bum footballs’ in order to win their games.
By now, you get the idea of how prosaic and insignificant Obama’s or any other politician’s comments were last night or, as a matter of fact, any nights.
The citizens of the Republic have tuned out the words and non-deeds of it’s representatives. For the most part, we realize that in age where the internet allows us to access information ASAP, world events transcend whatever inanities our so-called political elites utter. As Obama was talking about ‘trannies’, the Israeli army was mobilizing it’s reserve units, aircrafts, tanks onto the southern border of Lebanon; after having provoked Hezbollah by killing one of it’s senior leaders. Now, that is news! or just another Middle East War, subsumed by an ovation of standing buffoons clapping and cheering the last, least memorable words of Obama.
Btw, Yemen had another coup by a shi’ite group called al-Houthis. Our American Embassy was ordered to evacuate ASAP! The Dutch were engaged in fighting in the Congo. And ISIS was once again performing it’s ritual kabuki of ‘killing for dollars’ [could be a game show; or comedy show. I don’t know which one would be more appropriate.] The CIA ‘hot paper’ on torture was pulled back by some Republicans.
Tom Lehrer [MIT instructor] words go:
“We will all go together when we go.”
Mixed in with his lyrics in the “Masochism Tango”
Pretty much summed up my feelings about the State of the Union in general and in the speeches delivered by all individuals and parties that had nothing really to say. As for me, I watched a movie about ‘trans-species transformation’ called, “Dracula Untold” (trailer posted earlier). Boy, did I learn about man’s inability to stop killing, maiming and torturing his fellow beings—by words, deeds and rapacious wars. In fact, nothing had really changed since Vlad, “The Impaler” of Transylvania [present day Romania]. Thank you Dracula for adding some relief to the evening’s costly, boring, irrelevant American side show entertainment called, “The State Of The Union”.
In the words of Dracula:
“Let the games begin!”