Last night I watched my beloved President give the State of the Union address. And all I could think was how much this is all a bunch of B.S.
Not so much his words, as the whole thing really. I mean seriously? Is this what the world has come to? A bunch of tinted actors reading soap-opera worthy speeches off of teleprompters? (and no I am not referring to my fellow yellow President when I say tinted)
What about sincerity and real concern for the ridiculous amount of problems we face right now? The poor, the struggling, the injustice, the completely wrong direction we are headed with our environment and our health?
All I heard was how we have some of the best universities on Earth and the best inventions and how we’re gonna kick everybody else’s ass! Um, hello! Our students’ education ranks lower than most European and Asian students’. We pride our universities more on their athletic programs than on their curriculum. So why the front? And don’t even get me started on our innovative techno-corporate industry vs. our land and our livelihood. Or the America vs. the World rhetoric. It’s like straight out of that Team America cartoon movie : America F*ck Yeah! Here to save the motherf*ckin Day!
Vomit. I mean everything that was said last night that made everyone stand up and cheer, from the words of the Constitution to the pride for dominating the world, just made me shake my head, sad about our inevitable fate as a power-hungry, blind nation.
Am I supposed to be happy about Obama’s call for increasing exports, i.e. sending more American crap to places like South Korea? Or dumping more subsidized corn and grains on countries in Central America, putting their farmers out of work, forcing them to illegally emigrate here, thus adding more fuel to the immigration reform fire? (of which Obama halfheartedly addressed for about .5 seconds)
What about all of our immigrant farmworkers? Have we connected the dots to these international trade agreements we’re so hungry for? What about poverty, hunger and discrimination? What about food? Why is that never a policy anyone cares to talk about? (Otherwise known as the Farm bill)
What about race? Having a black President, I never hear him talk about racism in this country. And just yesterday I read one of the scariest articles I’ve read in awhile with racism as the main culprit of the crime –> click here to read.
I just feel like it’s all a big dance. We already know what he’s going to say before he says it – because it’s what he has to say to appease our greedy, egocentric citizens and Corporamerica. All the while sweeping our real problems under the rug.
“We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world!” “We do Big Things!”
Nobody wants to talk about the serious shit we’re in. We just want to hold our hands to our hearts, looking misty-eyed into the Red, White and Blue and clap wildly at how awesome we’re gonna be this year in kicking global ass (and doing it “bound as one people across race and religion”). Um. Maybe the State of the Union should start with actually telling the truth.
I get it. Debbie Downer never made a great motivational speaker. Wasn’t so good at lifting peoples’ spirits. But am I alone in thinking cheesy, empty promises (most repeated from two years ago) just don’t do it for me anymore? I need real talk. I want honest, open, frank statements like : “America, we need to stop effing around. We’ve done some f*cked up ish for a really long time and that’s all gotta end now if we want to be around in a hundred years”
That’s motivation! Addressing the truth, admitting our faults and going forward with honest intentions.
Trust me, I’m more surprised than anyone at my lack of enthusiasm compared to all the other commentary on the speech. I hate to admit, as an activist, that I’m at a loss for hope. Maybe I drank too much of the jaded flavor Kool-Aid during my time in DC. Maybe I’ve lost it and need to go join the caravan of other super-idealist hippies already planning their trip to the next Burning Man. Maybe I’m getting too close to 30, the magic age of cynicism. Or…maybe I’m not losing it, I’m perfectly sane and the rest of the world just needs to wake up.
You decide 😉