Obama’s Brilliant State of the Union Wasted On Stupid Anti-Government Americans

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For the past seven years President Barack Obama has delivered prescient State of the Union speeches that should appeal to the majority of Americans regardless of their party affiliation except for one small detail; he represents the federal government. Oh it is true that the majority of Americans depend on and benefit from the federal government whether or not they are intelligent enough to know or are willing to admit it, but a fair majority of the population is still mesmerized by the Reagan-Republican mantra that government is the one true source of all their misery. The Koch brothers and Republicans are aware that the way to win elections is demonizing government as much as they are aware that Americans are inherently stupid; not ignorant, but just dirt stupid and it transcends nearly all demographics. This is a simple fact that President Obama must have finally realized after five years of futility and it is reasonable to assume it is why he began exercising his executive authority on issues important to the majority of Americans they are loathe to admit.

Noted economist Paul Krugman wrote in his column on Monday that Republicans and their supporters are immune to reality and facts as much as they are prone to extremism. Krugman noted that despite 2014 being the hottest year on record, Republicans and suffering Americans still deny climate change exists. He also wrote that the Kansas trickle down experiment is a certifiable economic disaster and yet Brownback was re-elected by idiots in spite of his intent to eliminate taxation altogether; something the Koch Congress yearns to follow. He also cited the success of healthcare reform and the relief it has given many, many Americans suffering financial distress due to medical expenses; still Republicans want the ACA gone.  To add to Krugman’s reality list, the nation’s infrastructure is literally crumbling under Americans and yet Republicans will not approve one penny for improvements because it is too costly; all the while handing the military over half the 2015 budget as well as calling for more unfunded tax cuts for the rich.

All of the nation’s ills; effects of climate change, poor wages, vanishing middle class, poverty, and broken infrastructure are issues that only a functioning government can address. The Kochs know this and Republicans do as well, which is why when government works all manner of conservatives are outraged. Why? Because they simply do not want government to work regardless how many successes it accomplishes for the general welfare of the people, the economy, or the nation’s continued prosperity. If Americans were not so inherently stupid, they would recognize that the issues plaguing them today are not due to the federal government, but because the Koch-Republicans conspire to make it not work and are intent on dismantling it. There is little doubt when they finally succeed, whether by decimating it through abolishing it piece by piece or by starving it into bankruptcy, even the die-hard conservative voters will realize they were punked by their heroes, but by then it will be too late.

To get a glimpse of what Republicans have in store for the nation, it is worth perusing the Koch brothers’ libertarian ‘wish list’ now that they control two-thirds of the government (Congress and the Supreme Court). Two years ago Senator Bernie Sanders released a list of the government programs and agencies the Kochs want abolished; not reformed or reduced, completely eliminated. They include Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Postal Service, public education, all forms of taxation, workplace safety laws, Environmental Protection Agency, Transportation Department, minimum wages, Department of Energy, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Elections Commission, Department of Transportation, Food and Drug Administration, Veteran Affairs, Commerce Department, and the Consumer Protection Agency. They also demand that all roads, schools, prisons, waterways, and water delivery systems are handed over to privatization and administered by for-profit corporations. They, like their Republican cohorts, also demand that any government function that remotely aides or provides for the general welfare of the people, as required by the U.S. Constitution, be immediately discontinued. In other words, every anti-government Republican in Washington and the states is doing the will of the Kochs and it did not start because Americans elected an African American President; his race just gave the GOP and Kochs a racist segment of the population to oppose anything related to government with a Black man in the White House; even when the President’s proposals are supported by the majority of Americans.

If the people thought the past four years with Republicans controlling the House were fruitless, they can expect less over the next two years. Oh sure, the President proposes tax cuts to help America’s working families, two years of free college, and job-creating infrastructure improvements, but Republicans and the Kochs will not allow anything to go forward. Their plan includes attacks on women, Kansas-style tax cuts for the rich, significant cuts to social and domestic programs, and increased taxes on the poor, middle class, and the elderly; President Obama is unlikely to allow the Kochs to dismantle the government while he is in the White House. The result will be standoff after standoff and more outrage from conservatives. Their plan is to go to the courts with conservative activist judges for redress as well as sending high-paid lobbyists to state attorneys-general to thwart any progress at the state or federal level that might help the American people.

Many Democratic supporters are wont to say everything will change in 2016; that may well be the case, but in the interim the country will continue limping along without any investment in America or its people. At best the people can hope Republicans will avoid more fiscal cliffs, government shutdowns, and threats of a credit default, but if that is the best to hope for, it is a damn pathetic commentary on this nation and the people supporting Republicans. It is also sad that there are still substantial numbers of Americans who support dismantling the government and helped the Kochs’ $290 million  install a Congress intent on, as Mitch McConnell pledged, “going after the federal government, all of it.”

For over thirty years Republicans have convinced a large segment of the population that their greatest enemy is the government and they rode that belief to control two-thirds of the government they want to destroy. It is true they have yearned to decimate the government for thirty years and have taken every possible step to make it fail, but now that the government with an African American President produced the world’s leading economy, over 11 million jobs, and GDP growth that is the envy of the world, Americans can expect a concerted effort to derail those successes to dismantle the government. A government the people would sorely miss if they were not so inherently stupid; something the Kochs and Republicans count on to achieve their vision of America without a government.

47 Replies to “Obama’s Brilliant State of the Union Wasted On Stupid Anti-Government Americans”

  1. I appreciated President Obama’s values driven, awe inspiring SOTU address last night. Obama is always at his best when he can be the Idealist champion that he is. He outlined everything I believe in & thought most Americans & both parties believed in as well; a real vision of hope.

    Obama laid out many new ideas & visions that the GOP if they weren’t so consumed by anger & Koch dollars would have embraced. If the GOP congress wasn’t so crippled by the above mentioned they wouldn’t be accusing Obama of executive over reach.

    Ironically, the GOP who want smaller govt. are actually the cause of larger govt. since they can never be trusted to do the right thing. Most people who get benefits from social services & govt. programs are rarely dishonest but since the GOP is always dishonest they assume everyone else is just like them. It’s the “It takes one to know one” syndrome.

    Great piece RMuse.

  2. It’s quite evident that stupidity dominates decision-making, at least for the Republicans and I would agree that the American people’s stupidity has been evidenced through denial and apathy. How many people who consider themselves Americans voted in the November elections? How many of those people buy the lie that democracy does not work? It doesn’t work when you don’t vote or don’t support the principles that our country was founded on. I understand the author blasting the stupidity of the American people because it’s been said, you get the government that you deserve and if we keep letting the Koch Bros. and all of their cronies get away with stonewalling democracy, we will be living in a Fascist state. The author is proposing that people wake up and fight, prove that we are not as stupid as we appear to be given the outcome of the elections in November. It’s a tall order, but we had better rise to the occasion, lest we sink under Republican oppression and ignorance.

  3. I hate to call Americans stupid too, but did you actually READ the things the Koch/Republicans want to do to our government? Can’t you SEE the massive damage they have done already? And yet the same people keep voting them back in even as they are being destroyed by these very politicians.

    It has to be stupidity or blind racism. Can you come up with another reason these people are self-destructing – and taking the rest of us down with them?

  4. John I have a better question, How is it helpful that so many Americans voted for and support the very people who don’t give a rats ass about them? How is it helpful to keep ignoring the “stupid” people that they vote into power by not pointing out the stupidity with which they govern? John when some thing is “stupid” you call it that! You don’t call it “brilliant” like Fox News and Republicans would.

  5. This is what happens when you have unlimited money in politics as well as the ability to tell lies and misinformation while calling yourself a fair and balanced “news” station. You get bought and paid for politicians and a brainwashed electorate that has no sense of reality coupled with a side of racism. This country is going down the tubes fast and the majority of Democrats don’t have the spine to try to do anything about it.

  6. Anti-Government IS Pro Tyranny! Anti- Government IS TRAITEROUS!! Anti-Government IS ANTI AMERICAN!!!!! The Republicans and Conservatives are Flat Out Traitors! They are Flat Out Treasonous and Flat Out Un American!

  7. Questions for your Representatives
    Why do Flat Tax or Commodities Tax legislation take away our Social Security, our SSDI, our SS Survivor Benefits, our Unemployment insurance, our Medicare, our Affordable Health Care? FAIR TAX ACT of 2015 H.R. 25
    Why did you allow Wall Street to take our pensions, our 401K’s, our Federally Insured Savings, our homes, $303 trillion insurance bailout, plus give $40,000 per every man, women, and child in bank bailout funds?
    Why do you allow 4000 multi-millionaires including 572 billionaires to NOT PAY Federal Income Tax when there is almost 222 million people poor or living paycheck to paycheck?
    Why do you allow 40% of Corporations to NOT PAY Federal Income Tax when our roads and schools are falling apart?
    Why have you given Corporations Tax Breaks totaling $3 Trillion, twice as much as Social Security and Medicare, while the rest of us haven’t had a raise in 30 years?

  8. The “R” are all about their favorite “D’s”…..Deception, Duplicitous Denial, Despotism, Draconian Dogmatic Dominionist Doubters…Dickweeds?

  9. WOW! The Article above blows the Republican Agenda away. It opens the eyes of the “stupid” Americans (those who need to see what the Republicans have in store for us)

  10. Yes, all true, also to ad, Why when its against the law are members of Congress allowed to prosper in secret on the Bills they support and have voted in Favor for.They should all have to declare what they have gained and voted for and prosperd financial by their vote. Especialy the ones that Support the War Profitters, the Oil CO, The Keystone Pipeline, Binder Co in the north East,BAE in NH. They all should be investigated by the US Attorney Generals Office and be held accountable.And WHY are they inviting Netanahu
    to speak at Congress but don’t want Pope Francis?

  11. His intelligent speech was NOT wasted on those who love this country, the Patriots, We the People, and the voters who would re-elect him overwhelmingly again if he could and would run for another term. All the others fall under the category of Government Waste.
    Great speech, Mr. President! Well done!

  12. I stand by my contention that the President did conduct a mass castration of Congress last night.

    He took away their enemy. He also told them he was happy to throw every one of them to the wolves at the door, just like he did to Scalise.

    He then explained that he could not be threatened, could not be betrayed and was going to enjoy his next 2 years.

    By announcing the war’s end to Congress, he gives himself the option of demanding massive cuts to ‘defense’ spending. Cancelling Halliburton’s contracts and defunding NSA. The treacherous generals of the JCS were not smiling.
    Under the UCMJ, he could have them hung.

    All those gun dollars are going towards infrastructure. Day care means no more isolating children from their peers. Diversity from day One.
    Since ignorance is the weapon of the tyrant, quality day care means the GOP cannot rebuild its base from the uneducated. Check and mate.

    Prometheus Unbound

  13. Excellent Commentary, Rmuse!!! Why in the hell don’t/can’t our progressive talk show hosts say what you’ve spelled out so clearly and factually? Either, they’re grotesquely stupid; they’ve been ORDERED not to do say certain things; or they’ve been paid off. Nothing else makes sense to me. The only one I’ve ever heard drive the same message home is Mike Malloy, but he comes on at 9 p.m., EST, so I don’t think that his audience is very big. “…his race just gave the GOP and Kochs a racist segment of the population to oppose anything related to government with a Black man in the White House….” This statement is extremely telling. It illustrates perfectly how deeply racial hatred can destroy a person’s common sense and sense of self-preservation. These brainwashed voters would rather have their throats slit by a Koch-owned Republican, than allow an African American president to stitch them up and stop the bleeding.

  14. Since when did it become acceptable to be rude to the president at the state of the union address?

    I am really glad that our president has such a quick wit and can put them in their place!

  15. Watching the live ticker at the bottom during MSNBC’s live footage. Republicans supported most things the President went over. The so-called Independents voted more unfavorable than the Republicans om the ticker.

  16. The repubs. act like a group of adolescents, sitting there determined to disagree. Afterwards, Bob Schieffer complained that G. W. Bush used to lean forward on the podium to get HIS points across, why didn’t President Obama do that?? Well, Bob, it could be because our President is an adult, who knew exactly what he was talking about. He was not just reciting a speech that he knew nothing about like W used to. The other side has not one single solitary person who can even come close to being the politician that our President is. He keeps his cool, methodically toils away at the job, taking it seriously. The disrespectful clowns in the gop are just that – CLOWNS.

  17. Agree Joan. Also believe he will be placed in History as a good Pres, maybe even a great one. Simply because, he has had to fight, the rethug Koch owned Men AND WOMEN who have voted at every turn, to stop this Democratic President from having a successful presidency.
    All Dem’s know and understand the Thugs will always treat any DEM Pres with much dirt and stuff as possible, But Pres. Obama is Black!! That was never to happen, (unless) it’s a rethug idea. Same with a possible Women( which is now on the radar.)
    this too is supposed to be an honor left
    the thugs.
    RETHUGS, a term that describes them to a “T”

  18. I too have wondered about taking a vote when you have a vested interest in the out come of that vote.
    When and where did that honesty disappear from the way our government is supposed to work.
    Even our supreme court no longer, not vote, when there is a question that they may have a special interest.

  19. No lies here oh but wait:

    09/30/2013 11,976,279,236,073.83 4,761,904,290,623.49 16,738,183,526,697.32

    On 9/30/2013 there was $16,738 billion in federal debt.

    09/30/2014 12,784,971,238,978.02 5,039,100,141,755.80 17,824,071,380,733.82

    On 9/30/2014, the end of last fiscal year, there was $17,824 billion of federal debt.

    The net increase is $1,086 billion, or $1.086 trillion dollars, not $483 billion.

    Why the discrepancy? Because as in the Clinton years the government has been stealing the “excess” from Social Security and Medicare tax receipts and claiming that is a “deficit reduction” — despite the fact that the obligation generated from those programs was not reduced by that same $603 billion!

    And oh by the way, that’s not all of it. Even excluding Social Security and Medicare theft the net gain in federal borrowing (that is, the actual deficit) was $809 billion or 67% more than claimed.

    In other words this is a scam and the claim of “reduced deficits”…

  20. Some things our dear leader neglected to point out:

    #1 According to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, only 28 percent of all Americans believe that the country is moving in the right direction.

    #2 In 2008, 53 percent of all Americans considered themselves to be “middle class”. In 2014, only 44 percent of all Americans consider themselves to be “middle class”.

    #3 In 2008, 25 percent of all Americans in the 18 to 29-year-old age bracket considered themselves to be “lower class”. In 2014, an astounding 49 percent of them do.

    #4 Right now there is approximately a billion square feet of vacant retail space in the United States.

    #5 There are 46.5 million Americans that are living in poverty, and the poverty rate in America has been at 15 percent or above for 3 consecutive years. That is the first time that has happened since 1965.

  21. Has it ever occurred to you that the population of the US has grown so more people may be unemployed but if you are so concerned about write your congresscritter and tell them we need a massive infrastructure stimulus and dirty pipelines does not count

  22. #6 Barack Obama says that the unemployment rate has declined to 5.9 percent, but if the labor force participation rate was at the long-term average it would actually be approximately 11.5 percent, and it has stayed at about that level since the end of the last recession.

    #7 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has gone from 32 million to 47 million.

    #8 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the percentage of working age Americans that are actually working has declined from 60.6 percent to 58.6 percent.

    #9 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the average duration of unemployment in the United States has risen from 19.8 weeks to 37.1 weeks.

    #10 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, social benefits as a percentage of real disposable income has risen from about 17 percent to nearly 21 percent.

  23. All starting with the Bush crash. Had nothing to do with Obama. Nice try.
    The corporations hiring practices effect everything you are talking about
    Obama doesnt say the rate has fallen, the DOL does. The same DOL that has reported the rate for every president for a very long time.

    Nice try

  24. While Barack Obama has been in the White House, Republicans have busted their guts obstructing every damned thing he tried to do about it.

  25. Before the Bush crash and corporations stopped hiring, the participation rate was 66%. Today its at 63%,

    Please tell us what Obama did to lower this rate.

  26. Yes I will say again the repugs stars inside the elephant turned upside down in 2000. People you had better do your homework!!

  27. Shiva, they have substantially changed the way the unemployment rate is measured over the years and they also “seasonally” adjust the rate as they see fit, but the working age population is what it is. The labor participation rate is at a decades low rate, and it is not the 55+ workers, it is the young people, especially the inner city youth where the unemployment and labor participation rates are atrocious. Government policies have only exacerbated this problem. Regulation, taxes, mandates, zoning and entitlements have only served to drive businesses away as we have seen in may of the high tax/regulation states.

  28. A more golden state: California tops nation in job growth
    California posted the biggest job gains in the nation during August while unemployment rates in California and Los Angeles County remained stuck at their July level, the Employment Development Department said Friday.

    Between July and August the state added 44,200 jobs, the EDD said, and it has added 313,900 jobs over the past 12 months, a growth rate of 2.1 percent. That outpaces the nation’s growth rate of 1.8 percent.
    http://www.dailynews.com/business/20140919/a-more-golden-state-california-tops-nation-in-job-growth

    There goes another one of your crackpot theories.

  29. These stupid Americans run Major corporations, Main Street businesses, Wall Street, and control a vast amount of wealth in this country. They are the makers. Also, is Paul Krugman the only economist? He is the only one i ever see liberals trot out. Is he also an expert on health care, climate changes and civics? No! But, liberals are too stupid to know. 2014 was the hottest year since 1880, when records started being kept. Last I checked, Earth has been around for millions of years. The last 135 is about .000003% of that time. If that is your proof of climate change certainty, then who is the stupid one?

  30. I believe (without a doubt). The “FILTHY” rich are masterfully, methodically taking over the governing of our Nation. Their biggest weapon? Besides Congress? FOX news. On any given day you can hear brainwashed viewers echoing FOX talking points. I hear enough of them at work. That so called (NEWS?) channel is a cancer eating away at our great nation. It is the “Jim Jones” of the media. The way they spin good news is disgusting. But what is more disgusting are the bobble heads sitting on their recliners gobbling up the crap FOX is feeding them. “Control the Media, and you control the Mind”

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