Look, I’m not going to bore you with some vanilla play-by-play breakdown of what the State of the Union speech was all about. If you didn’t watch it, chances are you’ve run across countless other articles that will give you that basic rundown. Heck, with technology today, you didn’t even have to wait till tonight to find out what the speech covered. The main talking points from the speech were readily available with a simple Google search.
So, what were my first thoughts upon the conclusion of this speech? Wow, Democrats were absolute idiots for running away from this president before last year’s midterms. I don’t care what you think of his policies or the man himself, but there’s no denying that he knows how to give one hell of a speech.
But we just witnessed the president showcase exactly why he’s so much more intelligent than the Republican party.
When I listen to Republicans talk, their vision is so simplistic and outdated. It’s the same old crap:
- Tax cuts
- Secure the border
- Random “support our troops” reference
- Keystone XL pipeline
- Repeat the word “jobs” – a lot
And that’s about it. There’s nothing substantial about anything they say or do. Theres’s no vision or plan. It’s just the same exact rhetoric they’ve been using for almost 40 years.
When President Obama speaks, he’s speaks in the context of the “bigger picture.” It’s something the GOP just seems unable to comprehend. He understands that education, health care, child care, equal rights, women’s rights, immigration reform and programs to build the middle class are vital for the future of this country – not tax cuts that don’t do anything but help the rich while putting the burden of running this country on the backs of the poor and middle class.
Even listening to the Republican response to his speech given by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), it’s like listening to a conservative talking points robot. She said nothing of substance and essentially repeated the talking points I listed above – talking points that I wrote before I even heard her speak. But that’s no real trick; I know what Republicans are going to say before they even say it, because it’s the same garbage they repeat day after day, year after year and decade after decade.
But when I listen to the president speak, it’s on a whole other level of intelligence. It’s someone who’s speaking about progress and moving this country forward. Someone who understands that it’s not just about what matters today, tomorrow or even next month – it’s about 5, 10…20 years from now.
What’s different about the “plan” Republicans are offering now that they didn’t offer when George W. Bush was elected? Weren’t tax cuts and deregulation supposed to bring about economic prosperity and a balanced budget within a decade? Instead they brought a national debt that was nearly double what it was before he took office and one of the worst economic collapses in United States history.
Face it, if Bush’s economic ideologies had worked, a Republican would be living in the White House right now.
President Obama spent over an hour laying out his vision for what we can do in this country to help move us forward, not backwards. He talked about plans that addressed education, wages, child care, health care, equality for every American and investing in our middle class directly – not on the “good will” of whatever scraps the rich feel like “trickling down” to the rest of us.
And what did the Republican party respond with? Someone who spent roughly half of her ten minute response talking about her upbringing on a pig farm in Iowa.
That pretty much sums up the difference between President Obama and the average Republican member of Congress. He has visions for our future, while they have folksy stories and nothing of substance.