What if Congress Didn’t Invite Obama to Make His State of the Union Speech?
Remember what Barack Obama said in his State of the Union message earlier this year? Of course you don’t. No one does.
State of the Union reports may be required by the Constitution: The president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union.”
But that doesn’t mean they have to be good, useful, relevant or can’t degenerate into pathetic political polemics as Obama has transformed them in recent years. The Great Uniter even turned one into a direct attack on Supreme Court justices sitting just feet in front of him.
The words “Obama” and “class” both have five letters. But that’s as close as they get.
So, here’s an idea for this January when Republicans will control both chambers on Capitol Hill:
Don’t invite Obama to come and use a nationwide TV podium to attack them and posit a zillion proposals that will never happen anyway. Nothing requires Congress to invite him. Nothing requires a State of the Union be delivered in person. On TV. In prime-time.
The only thing anyone remembers from all of Obama’s State of the Unions are two words, and they were uttered by someone else: “You lie!” shouted one representative. Turns out, he was correct. But guess what? That wasn’t even a State of the Union; that was the beginning of Obama’s serial healthcare untruths.
John Boehner, speaker of “the people’s house,” says: “The president had said before that he’s not king and he’s not an emperor. But he’s sure acting like one.”
Indeed, Obama’s exercised a good deal of his own discretion recently. He’s unilaterally changed immigration laws, among many things, denying the need for congressional passage of laws. Why shouldn’t the same discretion apply to the equal branch of government? Deny Obama the big stage to tout his illegal acts and attack any opponents.
It’s not like the Democrat is hurting for venues to blab on and on about what everyone else has done wrong from Republicans to local police departments and prosecutors.
In fact, the day after their addresses to a joint session of Congress, presidents usually fly off somewhere to repeat the themes for local TV.
Predictably, Obama supporters would claim the absence of a congressional invite was racist, which is wrong. In fact, it’s very Jeffersonian. George Washington gave his state message in 1790 — all 1,089 words of it. But Thomas Jefferson halted personal deliveries as undemocratic, too closely resembling the British monarch’s Speech from the Throne.
It wasn’t until Woodrow Wilson, a former college lecturer who had himself invited to address the nation, that the SOTU speeches returned to the public format. Leave it to a democrat to return to the throne to address the people.
What a great suggestion this is, since O’s speeches are nothing but blatant lies and full of the never-ending references to himself. But. With Boehner and McConnell in charge of Congress, the odds of them not issuing an invitation to O are slim to none. Their bend-over-backwards mindset to appease O would never think of such a thing, so brace yourselves. There is another babbling speech in our future.