Obama Calls for Unity During State of the Union Address

January 25, 2012

Opinion, Politics

By George Addison

Fairness and Equity Tied to U.S. Goals

Article first published as Obama Calls for Unity During State of the Union Address on Technorati.

President Obama’s 3rd State of the Union Addressdistinguished his vision of America from that of the Republicans.  The recent Republican debates in South Carolina and

President Obama Gives State of the Union Address. Photo Courtesy of

Florida appeared to be more focused on providing memorable and entertaining one-liners rather than relevant conversation about key issues affecting families across America.

Cloaked in the verbiage of the constitution, Americans watched ethics and morality take a back seat during the debates.  These principals seem to no longer apply for those seeking the highest office in the land and unfortunately, there’s no  “truth in advertising” requirement for politicians.   More often than not both democrats and republicans have to be fact-checked.

After watching and listening to the republican debates, one would think that the country is on the brink of total collapse as a result of all things Obama.  During the CNN debate in South Carolina, Romney said, “ We need to return to the principles upon which this country was founded.  Our president said, I think in a very revealing way, that he wants to fundamentally transform America.  He’s wrong; we need to restore the values that made America the hope of the Earth.  And I understand those values.  I will do everything in my power to restore those values by keeping America free, by fighting for free enterprise, by standing up to President Obama and pointing out how he has made it almost impossible for our private sector to reboot.  I will get America working again.  I will defeat Barack Obama and keep America, as it’s always been, the shining city on a hill.  Thank you.”

That’s a great comment for the republican faithful, but what does it really mean to the rest of America.  If positions were reversed and Romney or Gingrich faced a constant chorus of  “no” from the House and Senate what impact could either make?  For all the talk about freedom, the debate itself was held in a state that still reveres the confederate flag and whose political power base is nestled comfortably under the control of white republicans because of a long history of segregation and a policy of “packing and bleaching.”  If watching the debates at home one could easily feel that the republican presidential field was speaking mostly to one segment of the American populace.

President Obama perhaps summed it up best in his State of the Union Address when he said; “ The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive.  No challenge is more urgent.  No debate is more important.  We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.  What’s at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values.  We have to reclaim them.”

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