Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Watch "American Idol" or American Idolatry tonight?
I am getting sooooooo tired of hearing "The State of the Union" address each year. It has almost ZERO to do with the actual state of this union. It is more likely to be a pep rally for foreign policy, meaning that we will probably hear a lot about our activities in other countries and the state of THEIR unions. Also, we will hear lofty proposals, most of them unconstitutional, but ear tickling none the less. Every few phrases or sentences will be followed by continuous applause. Special mention will be made of a featured guest whose presence punctuates some policy decision or proposal that will be a "nice thing to do".
Just once, I want some president to stand before Congress and tell them the following:
1. This is a "State of the Union" speech, so there will be no sabre rattling, discussion of our efforts in foreign unions, no proposals for a bunch more spending on social programs, or political rangling. This will be a speech telling you just what it is called...the actual state of the union.
2. The Constitution says the following in Article 2 Section. 3:
"He [the president] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient" The Congress has been briefed thousands of times more than was the original intent of this clause in the Constitution. Congress is informed of a lot of information. The Constitution does not require a set, annual speech. Actually, there is no time requirement nor is there a requirement of a speech in joint session. Ergo, there will be no such speech next year. We will not interrupt normally scheduled television and radio programming for some lame political agenda speech.
3. Congress is constantly informed of recommendations of measures for their consideration that are necessary and expedient. A budget is submitted annually, Congressmen are in the President's office continually, and there are meetings with staff on a regular basis. Clause fulfilled.
4. Stop your freakin' applause until I am finished speaking. Show some respect for your other Congress members "across the aisle" and those watching on TV.