President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union speech last night. Here’s what he should have said.
“Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress and my fellow Americans, thank you for being here.
The State of the Union is very weak. Not all of that is my fault. Some of it is due to those of you who have put personal interests above protecting the freedoms of those you came here to represent. And some blame can be given to those citizens we are supposed to be representing. The ones who have chosen to ignore what is happening to their government until they need something from that government. Good government is impossible without good people.
But a lot of this is my fault. And for that I have two things to say.
First, I’m sorry.
I made news for myself a few years back when I apologized for America. Now it is time for me to apologize to America.
My job is to ensure that liberty is protected. I have failed in that job and I have manipulated many of you in that process.
Instead of protecting economic freedom, I have used the IRS to threaten, intimidate and even attack American citizens. This country is far from the most economically free country in the world. I am to blame for some of that. And for that I am sorry.
But it does not stop there.
In the 80s, people feared the Soviet Union. We made jokes about their constant surveillance of their own citizens. Now, we do the same thing in this country. It didn’t begin on my watch but it did continue. In a very real sense, at least in terms of personal privacy, I have fundamentally transformed this country into the Soviet Union of the 1980s. It didn’t end well for them and it will not end well for us. For that I am sorry.
I have disregarded the balance of power that this country was founded upon. Instead of allowing myself to be held accountable by the other two branches of government, I have bullied them and berated them when I did not get my way. I have made light of using my authority to bypass Congress. That is one area where I have kept my promise. As a result, I have turned this country into a dictatorship rather than the democratic republic it was intended to be. Our forefathers came here to escape a power-hungry king. In just a couple of hundred years, we have now come full circle. And for that I am truly sorry.
My reign has been a bloody one. I have mismanaged wars both here and abroad. But the majority of blood on my hands is due to the number of babies whose murders I have sanctioned while at the same time calling on God to bless this country. I have talked a lot about a woman’s choice while doing nothing for a child’s choice. These are children who want to live. I pretend to care about those children when they are 12 and someone brings a gun to their school because it fits my agenda of taking away guns. But I have cared nothing for children when they are still inside of the womb. Or even when they are partially out of the womb. For that I am sorry.
And that brings me to the second thing that I want to say tonight.
Because of my failure to faithfully represent and lead the people of this once great country in accordance to our founding documents, I hereby resign as your president. I also call for the resignation of the two men seated behind me as well as each member of my cabinet. I wish that I could go on with the calls for resignation but someone has to lead us.
Someone who cares more about this country than personal gain.
Someone other than me.
Thank you and may God have mercy on our nation.”
Of course, the president didn’t say anything like that. Instead, he told sentimental stories about hardworking Americans and kids struggling to get an education. And he told us how government is the answer to man’s problems. If only we would wise up and realize what is good for us.
While I was watching President Obama’s speech Tuesday night, snow was falling in my yard, even as he referenced global warming. Elsewhere in my state, the city of Atlanta was shut down. Major roads were turned into parking lots. Three years earlier, state transportation officials promised that this would never happen again.
A reporter asked one of those officials why it happened again.
Her answer went something like this.
“If it wasn’t for all of the traffic, we could fix the traffic.”
The president essentially said the same thing in his State of the Union address.
“If it wasn’t for our system of government, I could really do some governing.”
On Tuesday night, hundreds of people sat stranded on Atlanta’s roads. Some kids even spent four or five hours stuck on a school bus. All because their government failed them. Hopefully they learned a few things that they kept with them when they finally made it home to hear the president speak.
Government is essential.
But it is most reliable and most efficient when it is limited.
If only our president could learn those same lessons.