State of the Union Post-Mortem: And We Thought Biden Was the Plagiarist

In 2008, we elected a man who has barely concealed his contempt for the U.S. Constitution, which he considers a document of “negative rights,” by which he means that it espouses a principle that he finds intolerable, limits on the power of the federal government over individuals, president of the United States. Ever since, the Founding Fathers’ corpses have been spinning so fast that you could use them to cut meat. Last night Ronald Reagan’s corpse joined the spinning.

Speaking of spinning, last night’s State of the Union performance co-opted conservative rhetoric in the defense and promotion of big government liberalism, more goodies for the liberal academics and public employee unions, amnesty for illegals, and socialized medicine. Despite the lip service to reducing deficits, he did not address his administration’s jaw-dropping spending. As noted here yesterday, his spending “freeze” is as phony as everything else about this empty suit and the band of crypto-Marxists that thanks to him have infested Washington. He used the word “jobs” 45 times, which no doubt will have as much impact on the unemployment rate as his February 2009 “stimulus,” as in none. Of course, don’t expect the facts to affect the swooning coverage that the speech will get today from the LSM, or the endless repetition about how Barack Obama has “moved to the center,” something that has as much chance of happening as your dog turning into a cat. As Al Gore famously said, a leopard doesn’t change his stripes.

One bright spot is that perhaps, now that the speech is over, we will not have to hear the media insufferably ask members of Congress: “who will you be sitting next to?”

The speech also borrowed, and I use the word charitably, extensively from previous State of the Union addresses. I don’t know if there’s any truth to the rumor that his speechwriting team spent days trying to find another way to say “the era of big government is over.”

George W. Bush, State of the Union, 2007:

Our citizens don’t much care which side of the aisle we sit on — as long as we’re willing to cross that aisle when there is work to be done. Our job is to make life better for our fellow Americans, and to help them to build a future of hope and opportunity — and this is the business before us tonight.

Barack Hussein Obama, last night:

That’s what the people who sent us here expect of us.  With their votes, they’ve determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties.  New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans.  We will move forward together, or not at all -– for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.

Bill Clinton, State of the Union, 1995

I applaud your desire to get rid of costly and unnecessary regulations. But when we deregulate, let’s remember what national action in the national interest has given us: safer foods for our families, safer toys for our children, safer nursing homes for our parents, safer cars and highways, and safer workplaces, clean air and cleaner water. Do we need common sense and fairness in our regulations? You bet we do. But we can have common sense and still provide for safe drinking water. We can have fairness and still clean up toxic dumps, and we ought to do it.

Barack Hussein Obama, last night:

To reduce barriers to growth and investment, I’ve ordered a review of government regulations.  When we find rules that put an unnecessary burden on businesses, we will fix them.  (Applause.)  But I will not hesitate to create or enforce common-sense safeguards to protect the American people.  (Applause.)  That’s what we’ve done in this country for more than a century.  It’s why our food is safe to eat, our water is safe to drink, and our air is safe to breathe.  It’s why we have speed limits and child labor laws.  It’s why last year, we put in place consumer protections against hidden fees and penalties by credit card companies and new rules to prevent another financial crisis.  (Applause.)  And it’s why we passed reform that finally prevents the health insurance industry from exploiting patients.  (Applause.)

Barack Hussein Obama, last night:
It’s whether we sustain the leadership that has made America not just a place on a map, but the light to the world.

You mean like “a shining city on a hill?”

And we thought Joe Biden was the plagiarist.

Thanks to those of you who joined me in the live chat at, which was part support group, part live comedy. Without you, this blathering from the One would have been a complete waste of time.

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