‘I know’, I’m late and it’s old news by now, but I have an alternate perspective than most on The State Of The Union Address that is given by the American President.
So, not to long ago (a couple months I think) president Obama addressed the nation in standard presidential fashion, telling us all about how great things are and how much better they will soon be… I’ve never been one to buy in to words, whether spoken or written, just because they sound or seem good. It’s a very easy thing for us to do however- thoughtlessly accept or deny ideas- rather than figure things out and deal with reality. Religions work this way, education works this way, government works this way, ‘heck’ societies work this way, because humans create and run them.
I don’t remember the specifics of the speech and didn’t see the whole thing, but I’ll bet I have a great idea of what was said anyway. Where these speeches often inspire people, and give them hope, they make me question their validity and how much rehearsing it took.
In case you don’t know, these presidential addresses take place (as far as I know) at the U.S. capitol building annually. They are, as the title implies, ‘supposed’ to be a way for the president to share where we are as a country and what they have in store or plan to work on in the near future. If you care enough about this country, your self, and others around the world to look at the evidence however, you find something completely different: charisma, a facade, lies, blatant pandering, and even more blatant acceptance of all that.
Presidents like to talk about things like ending war, protecting the environment, improving education and infrastructure, and providing more jobs and better conditions for the American people. In other words, they like to talk out their asses, because this isn’t what happens…
Instead they do things like go to war based on lies (Bush), go to war without following the constitution (Obama), continue keeping the minimum wage far below where it should be to match inflation, allow the cost of college to continue to skyrocket, not invest real effort and money into education and infrastructure, not pay off our national debt and audit the federal reserve… so basically, allow and promote the destruction of America.
So if you care enough to look at reality, it isn’t even close to what is said in these spunky little fun presidential addresses. Sure it’s nice to feel good and have faith everything will work out. Sure it touches you to see the young injured veteran recovering from brain damage. But it doesn’t deal with reality- the reality that the veteran belongs to the broken nation starting decade+ long wars and instigating more terror with their own- not some nation defending others or itself. The reality that our government feeds us bullshit because we still accept it, not because it has anything to do with what really happens.
We can’t see everything that goes on behind closed doors right now, but we sure as hell can see the effects. We can see that 15% of the richest country on Earth is in poverty. We can see the giant military and their insane budget. We can see that we are in trillions of dollars of debt. We can see that progress in terms of energy and infrastructure is slow to non-existent, yet our reliance on oil is a priority. We can see that our government doesn’t give a shit about America. But as long as we can’t see, that we are the ones allowing them to continue not caring, and we are in control, America won’t last long. It’s only been about 250 years and we’ve messed things up this bad.
It took us most of that just to stop enslaving others and dish out the basic equal rights we are supposedly founded on…
It’s 2014 and our government officials don’t even come close to being a fair representation of America in terms of wealth, race, culture, and gender…
Despite that the government is directly responsible for mismanaging money, we are always the ones paying for it. Taxes are extreme but no one cares because we are comfortable enough and still getting by. Then we hear they ‘say’ that they’ll raise minimum wage and it ‘seems’ great, because getting screwed less always feels better; especially when you’re okay with getting screwed more already…
Whether you’re a climate change denier or not, you can’t deny that we effect life- oil is bad for life in the water, smog is bad for life that breaths air etc- just turn your car on in the garage if you’re that naive or prideful (take a nap-it’ll be fine). Earth is a closed system. And you can’t deny causality. Yet we make virtually no improvements. We don’t make cars better. We don’t get strict on oil and other mass polluters etc.
So, I guess my point is….
FUCK THE PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES!
FUCK THE ‘IDEA’ THAT THINGS WILL GET BETTER!
FUCK EVERYONE WHO CAN’T EVEN SEE REALITY!
FUCK THE REST OF US WHO DON’T DO ENOUGH ANYWAY!
BUT MOST OF ALL, FUCK THE SYSTEM- THIS GOVERNMENT, WITH THE MOST POWER AND THE LEAST CARE, THE LEAST HONOR, AND THE LEAST MORALITY- THE ONE WE PUT OUR ENTIRE LIVES AND FAITH INTO AND GET SHIT IN RETURN EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Unless we care enough to really start standing up to them by peacefully and morally stop buying so much (paying so much taxes- yes you have some control already), protest, talk, sign petitions, call representatives, share our voice- the giant organization that is supposed to work ‘for us’ will continue to not do so- because they are human and humans are impulsive until they perceive a reason not to be.
So next time you hear a nice little inspirational talk from a politician, or anyone, don’t worry about what they say, deal with what they have done, and what they do next.