by: the Common Constitutionalist
Well, I tried. I tried to watch the State of the Union speech, but I couldn’t do it. I even turned back to it a few times – heard about the 1 percenters who need to give back to the middle class. I don’t know how that will work? Answer – it won’t and it isn’t supposed to.
I also heard his challenge to try to support a family on just $15,000 per year and those who think it’s possible should go ahead and try. That’s bogus and he knows it, for far less than 1% of workers support a family on minimum wage.
Okay, that’s enough of the buffoon in chief. We all knew what he was going to say before he said it anyway.
As for the Republican response, I can describe the performance of Iowa Senator Joni Ernst as… well… what’s the word? It’s not electric. It’s not inspiring, great or motivating. It’s more like… wooden, as if Geppetto had just fashioned her.
It was a major disappointment with its typical Republican “repeal and replace” Obamacare message. But considering who put her up – the establishment Republicans – that’s to be expected.
Then it was on to the Tea Party Express rebuttal of “The One’s” speech. Now don’t get me wrong – I’m glad Congressman Curtis Clawson was both humbled and grateful to give the Tea Party Express response, but he like Ernst lacked any passion. I mean zero appeal.
Both speeches were obviously written for them and it shows. Congressman Clawson did his best to emote, but it just felt like another contrived dialogue put up on a Teleprompter to be read by anyone.
As the speech continued, Clawson did a better job than Ernst by becoming more personable, but he lost me when he started speaking Spanish. I turned it off.
I then began the Libertarian response presented by Arvin Vohra, vice chair of the Libertarian National Committee. I never considered myself as being Libertarian, with their wacky ideas about drugs, prostitution, complete anti-military stance and open borders, but I’d give them a shot.
I agree with Glenn Beck that it had the feel of a home video but right off the bat I saw some real emotion. He began by suggesting that government get out of education, completely, by eliminating the Department of Education and abolishing Common Core.
Okay, now are talking!
Vohra then suggested that the minimum wage should be abolished and that the Republicans copped out by saying that it is a State issue.
Well, on this one I agree with the Republicans. It is a State issue, and constitutionally, States have the right to decide. Although I agree that there should be no minimum wage, the federal government has no more right to abolish it then it has to impose it. And here I thought Libertarians were big on States rights.
Vohra proposed that we repeal the Patriot Act and defund the NSA’s massive surveillance programs. Agreed.
Then it was onto the military. I feared this one a bit. He proposed to “end all foreign military operations, shut down needless foreign bases, cut military spending by at least 60% and bring our troops home.”
I’m don’t agree with all that – after all, it is one of the only true constitutional functions of government, although I do agree that we could probably shutter at least half our foreign bases.
His call for the repeal of Obamacare is the only one of the three that makes sense. No “repeal and replace” with something not quite as bad – but real free-market solutions.
So after watching all the speeches, I guess I’m a heavily libertarian leaning conservative. Not a Republican or frankly even an all in Tea Party guy. Kind of a hybrid.
Although these three responses are on the whole, relatively boring, they are a good exercise in deciding exactly where we stand on the issues. Watch the three and you decide.