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State of the Union Grade: F

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Mr. President, it's time to face the music and help America to do the same. This Wednesday evening, you will give your State of the Union speech. And millions upon millions of us are wondering whether you will sugarcoat the truth again -- whether you will pad your performance over this past year or confess that the plans and path Washington is taking are plummeting our country deeper into the abyss.

If you convey the real status of the union, then you must confess that we are truly no better off (and much worse off in many respects) than we were when you first took seat in the Oval Office.

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>About this I'll give you credit: You have indeed fulfilled your promise to "fundamentally transform the United States of America." And you've done so in record-breaking speed -- one year, to be exact.

You've increased the national debt by a first-year record - by $1.6 trillion, to more than $12 trillion total - with 2010 White House end-of-fiscal-year projections topping $14 trillion and end-of-decade projections topping $24.5 trillion -- even exceeding the gross domestic product projection for 2019 of $22.8 trillion.

You've compromised America's sovereignty by advocating global governance (through the U.N.'s and individual countries' concessions, your willingness to ratify overreaching Copenhagen conference treaties, Interpol immunities, etc.) and literally selling America via the increase of our international indebtedness to $3.5 trillion -- $800 billion in U.S. government securities to China, followed by Japan with $731 billion and including smaller nations, such as Ireland, Luxembourg, Singapore and Taiwan.

Despite your promise to cap unemployment at 8 percent by borrowing and bailouts costing taxpayers trillions of dollars, it has climbed to 10.2 percent and shows no sign of decreasing. And a record 14 percent of homeowners are either in foreclosure or behind by at least one mortgage payment.

You are going around the back door to provide illegals with universal health care by seeking their amnesty. Amnesty not only would make Americans pay for another 14 million people's government health care but also would reduce the number of jobs available to the unemployed by adding more to the legal work force and simultaneously would slow down the rate that the unemployed were re-employed.

You've purchased and controlled enormous segments of the banking, automobile and (soon, you hope) health industries with taxpayers' money, but you refuse to call it socialism. At the very least, you've begun to turn America into a European-style country, in which the government sector dominates the private sector. No wonder a new quarterly Bloomberg Global Poll revealed that 77 percent of investors now regard you as "anti-business."

You've categorically disrespected and disregarded federal governmental constraints and fiscally prudent principles of our Founding Fathers and Constitution. You've bloated the federal government, budget and debt into a gargantuan hydra whose mere existence mocks any constitutional limitations of its power or 10th Amendment rights "reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

You've further enabled America's freedom from religion, not the First Amendment's freedom of religion, by denying America's Judeo-Christian heritage before other countries of the world and espousing "the promise of a secular nation."

You've reduced our freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment by signing a hate crimes bill that covertly amended to the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, criminalizing free speech if it can be proved to have contributed to assaults based upon sexual orientation.

You've reduced our Second Amendment firearm freedoms by appointing a host of anti-gun advocates, such as Justice Sonia Sotomayor and OSHA's David Michaels, and by your administration's leanings to blame guns rather than the people using them for murderous sprees, such as the Fort Hood shooting.

You've granted Interpol immunity from search and seizure regulations in the Fourth Amendment.

Despite the Declaration of Independence's mandate that government shall be used to secure all Americans' rights for "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness," you've denied them to babies in the womb by enacting more pro-abortion laws, policies and regulations than all former presidents combined.

You promised that you would provide "the most sweeping ethics reform in history" in Washington. Yet your administration has been riddled with questionable Cabinet appointees and a host of suspect czars.

You promised that you would be "committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government." Yet you've had more exclusive meetings, backroom negotiations, events closed to the media and clandestine sweetheart deals than any previous administration in its first year.

Despite your oath of office to defend the U.S. against all potential enemies, foreign and domestic, and your reluctant increase in U.S. forces in Afghanistan, you have pacified those who harbor terrorists, fought for the rights of combative detainees, allowed Gitmo detainees and terrorists to come to the U.S., enabled the enemies of Israel, and contributed -- via your tolerance and political correctness -- to homegrown terrorists, such as Fort Hood murderer Maj. Nidal Hasan. You've become a chief cheerleader for the "blame America" crowd and painted America before other countries as arrogant, intolerant and nonreligious (or non-Christian).

You've perfected Chicago-style politics in Washington to get your way and demonize anyone who dares to stand in opposition. Despite how many Tea Parties, protest rallies, town hall meetings, Washington marches, Internet inquisitions and Scott Brown-type elections there have been, you continue to deny that any opposition represents any viable resistance or consensus against your presidency.

Mr. President, your presidency is flailing. Your plan is failing. Your popularity is faltering. Our union is falling apart. We are not better off than we were a year ago, and it's time to quit pretending we are. It isn't helping our country to present false hope. It is an audacity of denial. The truth isn't "yes, we can"; it's "no, you haven't."

State of the union grade: F.

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