A lot of political pundits make a lot of money talking to an every-shrinking audience. Most Americans these days simply can’t stand politics, and after watching Tuesday’s State of the Union speech and the Republican response, it’s easy to understand why.
President Obama’s speech was empty calories, a greatest hits record from a local band that never had a hit. I had to check my DVR to make sure I hadn’t accidentally replayed a previous year’s speech. I hadn’t, but I still want to know where to go to get those two hours of my life back.
The buzz leading up to the speech was about how the president was prepared to circumvent Congress and the constitutional limits on executive branch power and rule by decree. On this, he did not disappoint.
He told the world he had “a pen and a phone” and would use them to impose his will on the country and rile up his army of paid progressive protesters.
“America does not stand still - and neither will I,” he said on Tuesday. “So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do.”
While I’d love to have the unilateral power to swipe a magic Bic pen and impose a pro-liberty agenda for a president I support, I wouldn’t because I oppose fascism. Progressives, of course, have no such constraint.
But playing by their rules and interpretation of the Constitution, if President Obama can act unilaterally AND he has all these wonderful executive orders he could sign to stimulate the economy and create jobs, why hasn’t he? He’s been president for five years, and people are suffering . What kind of monster would have a solution and the ability to act, but wouldn’t?
Of course, the president can’t act unilaterally, and he doesn’t have any ideas that haven’t been tried and failed. But he has to pretend he has these magical, infomercial-worthy miracle arrows in his quiver to maintain his anemic support. If low-information voters believe President Obama has the cure for what ails them, and he’s only being stopped from doing it by Republicans, he bolsters Democrats’ chances in November.
But it’s hard to bluff when you’ve been awarded the “Lie of the Year,” especially when there are nearly 6 million walking, talking victims of that lie. President Obama’s credibility has been destroyed by his own words and a “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” reality that most Americans know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who’s been directly harmed by his lie. Trust doesn’t have a reset button.