Obama’s rhetoric or Mitch Daniels’ truth? The “real” State of the Union

January 25, 2012

Obama's "rhetoric" short on "reality"

The Corner opened yesterday with the question: “Will America get a true “State of the Union” address tonight or will it just be another one of Obama’s “teleprompter twists”?

Today we know the President still knows how to not only still “twist” and obfuscate the truth, but in some instances flat out pull a Joe Wilson.

The word “Presidential” used to mean, well….”Presidential”. Grand stature, statesmanship, diplomatic, all traits, we want in an American President. Traits that are sorely lacking in our current “President by act of one national schizophrenic moment”.

To counter each misleading statement, every half-truth, and the leftover lie that our current Dear Leader spewed forth at last night’s State of the Union address would take far more of your time and mine than such a blatant political diatribe deserves.

The Corner could easily highlight a segment here, a quote there, and respond to all with counter-point and factual correction line by line, but to what end would such accomplish?

To the 20 percent liberal minority Dear Leader delivered a speech for the ages. To the rest of us he was, well, he was what he is:   a dedicated ideologue firmly committed to demonizing his opponents and rewarding his base.

It was, quintessential Obama:

“…..everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules……”

As compared to Marx’s:

“…..From each according to his ability, to each according to his need……”

Whether it’s Marx or Obama the end goal is the same, government control of the macro economy, government micro managing your business, and government mandating each and every aspect of your daily life.

Just how many calls for “fairness” and how many NEW government agencies can be proposed in a State of the Union address before it becomes but yet just another tawdry campaign speech?

And just how do you pass the smell test with the American people with so much time dedicated to energy independence and yet not ONE word of your own killing of the Keystone XL and blocking millions of acres of public land from energy exploration?)

Government is good, government is the answer, government can solve all.

Forget the real world, forget basic economics, forget our founding principles, just “trust me” and “hope” that my “change” will bring good.

The saying goes, “brevity is the soul of wit”. Well folks, from the bottom of my soul:

The rhetoric ran,
The truth ran faster,
But the lies caught em both,
And Dear Leader just smiled as care he cared not.

For 2nd term is the goal,
The means matter not,
Another four years,
So what if the truth it be lost…………

In less than ten months, rhetoric will again intersect with reality.

In less than ten months, millions of Americans will once again stand at the crossroads of history.

Thankfully a reality was laid out in Indiana Governor Mitch Daniel’s response to Obama’s rhetoric.

The full text can be read here with an excerpt below:

“So 2012 is a year of true opportunity, maybe our last, to restore an America of hope and upward mobility, and greater equality. The challenges aren’t matters of ideology, or party preference; the problems are simply mathematical, and the answers are purely practical.

“An opposition that would earn its way back to leadership must offer not just criticism of failures that anyone can see, but a positive and credible plan to make life better, particularly for those aspiring to make a better life for themselves. Republicans accept this duty, gratefully.

“The routes back to an America of promise, and to a solvent America that can pay its bills and protect its vulnerable, start in the same place. The only way up for those suffering tonight, and the only way out of the dead end of debt into which we have driven, is a private economy that begins to grow and create jobs, real jobs, at a much faster rate than today.

“Contrary to the President’s constant disparagement of people in business, it’s one of the noblest of human pursuits. The late Steve Jobs – what a fitting name he had – created more of them than all those stimulus dollars the President borrowed and blew. Out here in Indiana, when a businessperson asks me what he can do for our state, I say ‘First, make money. Be successful. If you make a profit, you’ll have something left to hire someone else, and some to donate to the good causes we love.’

“The extremism that stifles the development of homegrown energy, or cancels a perfectly safe pipeline that would employ tens of thousands, or jacks up consumer utility bills for no improvement in either human health or world temperature, is a pro-poverty policy. It must be replaced by a passionate pro-growth approach that breaks all ties and calls all close ones in favor of private sector jobs that restore opportunity for all and generate the public revenues to pay our bills.

(If the media held the same ethics and standards it did during JFK’s time, Mitt and Newt would be waving from the shoulder of the road as the Daniels for President campaign rolled by on the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.)

The task before us today, tomorrow and in the months to come, is to ensure that on November 6th, 2012 , fifty percent plus one see the reality over the rhetoric.

Just repeating Mr. Daniels’ single best point of truth,

“Contrary to the President’s constant disparagement of people in business, it’s one of the noblest of human pursuits. The late Steve Jobs – what a fitting name he had – created more of them than all those stimulus dollars the President borrowed and blew.

would go a very long way in bringing reality back to the White House.

And by bringing back that reality getting the added bonus of sending Obama and his rhetoric back to Hawaii, Illinois, or whichever of his 57 states that he calls “home”.


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8 Responses to Obama’s rhetoric or Mitch Daniels’ truth? The “real” State of the Union

  1. anson burlingame on January 25, 2012 at 9:39 am


    I found the SOTU address to be both DULL and without any “grand plan”. Ask me this morning what he really asked for in terms of programs, etc. and I have no idea. All I heard wsa a call for “fairness” without defining what that means other than more money for some and less for others.

    He struck me as exactly what he is, a beleagured President without any new ideas how to move forward. Thus he falls back on rhetoric, not bold ideas that might stand a chance of working.


  2. Geoff Caldwell on January 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

    My sentiments as well.
    “Hi, I’m Barack Obama, I’m your government and you’d better listen”.
    By the time his term is up we will have added almost $6 trillion in new debt with nothing to show for it but more government, more regulations and more bureaucrats to further curtail any chance of full and sound economic recovery.

  3. Herb Van Fleet on January 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm


    I’m BAAAAAACK! I know you guys thought my feeling were hurt over at Anson’s place and that I would quit pestering you. But, on reflection, I was really having too much fun and our “discussions” have really helped me solidify my own political worldview. Besides you guys need a kind of Devil’s Advocate to wake you up from time to time so you can face the real world. I hereby agree to preform that job.

    Now, as to this post, you start off with a quote from Obama in his State of the Union speech followed by a quote from Karl Marx. First of all, that just confirms my charge that the right wing nuts actually believe that liberals are communists, thus my term “Democrat/Communists.” But I think Marx must have gotten his inspiration from the bible:

    Acts 4:32 (NIV) “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.
    33 “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all
    34 “that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales
    35 “and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.”

    So, Christians are Communists too?

    But I do agree with you that it was a pretty lousy speech. I winced every time he made a reference to another bureaucracy. I also agree, you may be surprised to learn, that I agree with most of Mitch Daniels retort.

    I thought the reference to Steve Jobs was interesting when set against the CBS Sunday Morning story this last Sunday (Jan 29th) on Foxconn, which is the Chinese manufacturer of Apple’s iPhones. Among other things they actually have nets surrounding the outsides of the buildings to catch all the suicide attempts by the workers there. You can catch it here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57367950/the-dark-side-of-shiny-apple-products/?tag=contentBody;cbsCarousel

    I kinda feel bad now, because I bought a new iPhone 4s last October. But, like most Americans, I didn’t know what I was contributing to.


  4. Geoff Caldwell on February 1, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Well I’m a conservative but not a right “wing nut”. And yes, I pretty much put the liberals right next to the communists.
    Your Bible quote is a nice attempt but fails on the basic premise. Notice it is private individuals giving their private money to a private charity to spread to the needy. It does not portray a federal government confiscating from the producers to give to the takers because the takers are “entitled” to it.
    Sooooooooo if those “Christians” are advocating more government taxation to “redistribute” to more and more not contributing then yes I could call that pretty close to communism.
    It’s certainly “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need……”
    I do like the jab at Apple though. I never have jumped on the Apple bandwagon and have always wondered in amazement at the hypocrisy of all the “conscious” companies making billions in profits off communist labor.

  5. Herb Van Fleet on February 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm


    As to the bible stuff, it seems pretty clear to me that Jesus was/is the poster boy for liberalism. I see the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 3-7) as the Christian philosophy. This is where we find the beatitudes (“the meek shall inherit the earth”), turn the other cheek (“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you)”, love your enemies, you can’t serve two masters (“You cannot serve both God and money”), and “Do not judge, or you too will be judged,” Later on in Matthew 19:23, we have, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” There are many other examples, but you get the point.

    While it’s true that Jesus is talking about individuals redistributing wealth and not the government, the ideas are still liberal under the definition of liberalism, which is a commitment “to the ideal of limited government, constitutionalism, rule of law, due process, and liberty of individuals including freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and free markets.” (From Wikipedia)

    As to the redistribution of wealth by the government, well that’s basically what governments do. Which is why we the people have representatives in the various levels of government to see that such redistributions are in everybody’s best interest. As Rush Limbaugh once said, “If Thomas Jefferson was concerned about taxation without representation, he ought to see it WITH representation.”


  6. Geoff Caldwell on February 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Actually I see the Bible as representing more the “conservative” viewpoint as seen today. It is each of our own “personal” responsibility to not just take care of ourselves but also to provide charity to those less fortunate and who cannot (not won’t) help themselves.
    Study after study consistently show conservatives give more of their own time and money than their liberal counterparts.
    The “liberals” of the left wing of the democrat party today are not about taking the lead and doing by example the issues discussed by Jesus in the bible, they are instead all about the government taking what IT wants to re-distribute through various programs to trickle down to the lemmings that are told year after year, “vote democrat of the tit goes dry”.
    In another vein, liberalism as in all the government largesse and lack of focus on individual work and responsibility is actually about as far away from the Bible as you can get. Promoting sloth and envy is certainly not a “Christian trait”. And I certainly don’t recall Jesus ever saying it was OK to just sit on your ass and demand your “entitlements” because you were a “victim”.

  7. Herb Van Fleet on February 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm


    I think we had this conversation over at Anson’s blog. Without reopening that can of worms, I am curious as to any statistics you can provide me regarding those on certain government programs who are there by choice – milking the evil liberal programs for all they are worth – as opposed to those who were dropped by the wayside as the capitalist plane roared off to china and who would very much like to get their lives on track and off welfare.


  8. Geoff Caldwell on February 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    If it’s only ONE there by choice it’s ONE too many. But if you must have statistics I would guide you to any major city in the U.S. today and the abysmal record of “fixing” the poverty problem. Detroit, Chicago, New York, New Orleans (pre-Katrina, San Francisco, Los Angeles.
    If it’s been run by the libs for the past forty years I guarantee you two things:
    It’s budget is in a shambles
    Poverty is worse.


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