The Speech from the Throne

The snake oil salesman returned last Tuesday night (Lincoln’s Birthday) to deliver his 2013 State of the Union address to Congress.    Not wishing to listen to O’s gloating voice, I preferred to wait and read the text of His Highness’ self-congratulating.  Once it was published, I found I didn’t have the time to do the nine-page long advertorial justice.  He could not possibly have written the whole thing himself; it must have taken his lackeys from corner of his huge bureaucratic regime at least nine months to stitch all together.  They must have added extra RAM into his teleprompter’s memory to accommodate this homage to himself and his agenda.

A speech from the throne (or throne speech) is an event in certain monarchies in which the reigning sovereign (or a representative) reads a prepared speech to members of parliament, outlining the government’s agenda for the coming session. This event is often held annually, although in some places it may occur more or less frequently whenever a new session of parliament is opened. Many republics have adopted a similar practice with their head of state, often a, addressing their legislature.

The speech from the throne is not written by the head of state, or representative thereof, who reads it, but rather by the ministers of the crown in cabinet, even though the speaker may refer to “my government.”  The address not only reports on the condition of the nation but also allows the monarch (or his or her representative) to outline the legislative agenda, for which the cooperation of parliament is needed, and national priorities.

Obama did not even begin with his own words, but those of a president who died the year after he was born.


“Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that ‘the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…It is my task,” he said, “to report the State of the Union – to improve it is the task of us all.’


That was for any Republicans who delude themselves that Kennedy wasn’t a Progressive.  Certainly, he was Conservative by today’s standards, but we’ve been dragged so far to the Left that it’s scarcely possible to define any other party as “progressive” except the Democrats.  Nor have the changes been for the better.


“Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report. After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home. After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs. We buy more American cars than we have in five years, and less foreign oil than we have in twenty. Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and consumers, patients, and homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before.


The reason for the increase in the production and sale of American cars in the past five years was the increase in the price of gas, with Americans trading in their old cars for more fuel-efficient vehicles.  Ford’s sales of the Taurus went down while its sales of the smaller Focus went up.

“It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.”


If you believe that, I have a bridge over the Hudson River that I can sell you for a song.  He doesn’t think it’s “our” generation’s task to do anything such.  Just whose generation does he mean, by the way?  He was born in 1961; he’s my age, not my 24 year-old nephew’s nor my 89 year-old mother’s.


“It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities you can get ahead no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.”


More snakeoil hogwash.  And this is only from the first page.  The idea has never entered the Progressive Mind that someone should work hard and meet their responsibilities; they were the ones who declared it impossible.  They completely ignored the generations of Irish, German, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese immigrants who came to these shores and made it in spite of discrimination against all but one of those nationalities/races. 


There was a time when no Irishman or Italian could get any job but manual labor.  My paternal ancestors who came over during the Irish Potato Famine were steelworkers.  But these legal immigrants could and did learn to speak English, could and did assimilate into American society, and could and did open their own businesses in time, and succeeded, with no help from the government.  Only when they were talked into unionization by Communist agitators did American business begin running into trouble.  That Union money bought many Democrat votes and on the other side of the aisle, money from the Big Three kept many fledgling automakers from opening new factories that would have guaranteed a more competitive environment and a safeguard against competition from overseas.


Nevertheless, the man from Hawaii tells us, “It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation.”


Apparently, Obama and his people consulted with the writers of Star Trek II:  The Wrath of Khan, which was a much better movie than Obama’s state of the union was a speech.


“The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem. They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party.  They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can. For they know that America moves forward only when we do so together; and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all.”


This from a man who has written at least 100 executive orders, and is threatening yet another if Congress doesn’t do his bidding.  If we don’t do it his way, he’ll do it his way anyway.  We do not expect them to forge reasonable compromises; we expect our representatives to do as the Constitution bids and stand down any legislation compromises that pact.


The Democrats, and now the Republicans falling into line with them, should be putting the nation’s interests before party.  But after over a century of Progressivism, believing that they will is an unrealistic and unreasonable expectation.  They have the bit in their teeth and will move us on forward into the unexplored realms of clean energy (subsidized, by the by, with dirty money), parentless families, a debauched and depraved society crammed into tiny, compartmentalized urban renewal centers, and a New World Order that worships the Government not God.


Three pages to analyze the first two-thirds of the first page of Obama’s Throne Speech.  That’s enough.  Now, back to our prophetic afternoon movie:  Demolition Man.





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