Precious little, it turns out, in a decidedly uncool SOTU.
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Then there are his clichés: he’s going to train all of our high school graduates so they are just as good at tech jobs as the Germans. Hmmm. Drive by an inner city high school some day at the close of the school day and have a look at the students and get back to me on that one. Tell me how much they look like tech wizards.
Then, there are his promises to use wind power to drive the U.S. economy. Yes, it would be nice. I wrote about it and tidal power and hot springs for Mr. Nixon when Mr. Obama was a grade school student. It has been just a pipe dream. (Solar actually is working.) Ditto his promises to enlarge Head Start to make our kids better students. It’s been documented repeatedly that Head Start has made only negligible progress in helping inner city kids to achieve. This has been going on since the mid 1960s, and Mr. Obama still seems to believe that it’s going to suddenly start working. Dream world.
But the most disturbing part of the speech was about guns. First, it’s repulsive that Mr. and Mrs. Obama have just now discovered that inner city, largely black gangs are responsible for a huge amount of gun deaths. The crisis has been going on for decades and it’s horrible in their native city, Chicago. It’s been horrible there forever. And Mr. and Mrs. Obama just noticed it in 2013 and want some praise for that? Where have they been all these years?
But the whole subject of guns and death is being lied about by Mr. Obama and his pals. Two thirds of U.S. gun deaths are from suicide. (Why don’t they work on that one? Suicide is highly preventable by a belief in God.) Of the one third that’s left, less than eight percent is from any form of long gun: semi-automatic, rifle, shotgun. If there is an epidemic of gun violence at schools — and there is and it’s terrible — why do we punish the hunter in Montana or the gun collector in Idaho who have never done anything even slightly illegal with their guns? Why are we even thinking of punishing people who have done absolutely nothing wrong for the crimes of people thousands of miles away?
And in that same vein, if there are, say, a hundred or two hundred gun deaths a year from semi-automatic weapons, that’s too many. Any is too many. But the real slaughter of the innocent in this country is from abortion — not from guns, not in America. Add it up: a few hundred from semi-automatic rifles — roughly a million from abortion. What are we talking about here? Why all the cheering about taking guns away from people and not a syllable about abortion?
And to jump back, why, if a gaggle of genuinely crazy people kill children in one region of America, would we take that out on sane people somewhere else?
I could go on forever. Job retraining? Rarely works. Making banks lend to people they don’t want to lend to? Didn’t that sort of thinking get us into trouble in the first place? Raising the minimum wage? Fine by me, but it hurts kids who need an after-school job. All standard liberal pabulum. Now, that I think about it, standard Presidential pabulum. I try to like Mr. Obama but he does not help me.
Oh, well, what does he care? He has the Beautiful People on his side. I have Julie Goodgirl. And I have to swim now. Enough thinking for one night.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?