After watching the State Of The Union speech last night, I would like to make a few brief comments on the state of things regarding the presidential election cycle this year prior to publishing my rebuttal here.
I thought the speech itself was well delivered and polished (minus the spilt milk joke of a joke), but lacking in the intensity of programs which were proposed to solve the jobs crisis. Obama was just trotting out the same old lines which had previously gone nowhere with the GOP and which would have little actual impact on the situation regarding the placement of the US in the new economic model of sustainability, and in actual job creation and retraining.
I was thinking how this speech was in no way going to help him against his GOP rivals, and that his chances of reelection were waning.
But then I thought about his GOP rivals.
So maybe all hope is not lost for Obama, but why do we always have to settle for the lesser of two evils?
I was, of course, thinking of the Republican disarray which is the progression of the nominating process so far in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
After Newt won in The Palmetto State, following on the heels of a GOP certified Santorum win in Iowa, and Romney winning New Hampshire, with Ron Paul close on his heels, you get the distinct conclusion that there will not be for some time in the GOP primary, any distinct conclusion. Even the comedian Stephen Colbert, made a last minute pseudo-run in South Carolina, his home state, instructing his followers to pick “Cain” on the ballot as a vote for Colbert, and he actually placed a solid fifth place, ahead of Rick Perry, who placed sixth.
There has got to be a better way.
Even the Republican’s SOTU response, delivered by Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana, was bland, lacking, regurgitated, hating-Obama-for-no-reason-other-than-that-Rush-told-me-to, outright distortions, which should earn it four noses on the Pinocchio scale. What was that bit about “pro-poverty” and why do you hate those light bulbs so much?
If Obama drops the ball and the GOP cannot come along and pick it up and run with it, then it is truly time to give up on both sides of that fence.
One thing that truly did matter happened this morning. Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords officially retired from the floor of the House. In a tearful speech delivered by her friend, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairman, Giffords announced that she was retiring to work on her recovery, and that she would return eventually to public service. It was so moving that even John Boehner was in tears, or perhaps that is too low of a bar. In a final tribute to Gabby, 408 House members voted unanimously (!!!) to approve a border security bill she had sponsored. Gabby was the one good thing Southern Arizona had going on in the US House, and unless Steve Leal wants to take her place, we are headed for a wasteland with the Democrats, as equally as with the Republicans.
But there is another option. We all have until next Monday 30 January 2012 to renew our voter registrations and turn them in to the Recorder’s Office (on the north side of the courtyard in the Pink Dome Building in downtown Tucson), but this time, we need to register for the Green Party!
With the Green Party there will be no more partisan blockades, and there will be an actual genuine putsch to actually improve things! You will get jobs, actual manufacturing base, no stupid fake wars, and no reliance on foreign oil!
Plus, I’m running as a Green Party candidate, so you can …
Vote Green! Vote Oatman!