Section 3 of Article II of the U.S. Constitution provides that the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama will deliver an address to a joint session of the legislative branch purporting to fulfill that duty. That same section of the supreme law of the land also requires that presidents “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”
After five years of serial violation of the latter, we suspect that the address will more resemble the proclamation of a King, believing himself born to rule by Divine right, to subjects forced to attend lest they later feel the wrath of his IRS and other members of the royal court. What other appellation better describes his fellow liberal Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate that regularly surrenders its Article I power to consider legislative measures in favor of unconstitutional rule via executive fiat from grants of amnesty to illegal aliens, abolition of welfare-work requirements, and weekly changes to health care, campaign finance and environmental laws.
President Obama has made clear since his still-inexplicable re-election that he is prepared to ramp up unilateral executive actions given the refusal of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to fully genuflect in response to his every demand; which demands in response to liberal-Democrat economic and Obamacare failures universally require a doubling down on proven-failed policies with more, more and more government spending, taxing and government-run regulation.
Never mind that after 50 years and trillions of dollars of a war on poverty more Americans are poor today than during the Great Depression. Never mind that more Americans are uninsured after the passage of Obamacare than before. Never mind that less Americans are at work today than were employed on the day of his first Inaugural Address in 2009.
For liberal Democrats the proper course is always more, more and more of the same.
This year, “the same” will be demands that young people seeking entry-level jobs be further priced out of a market, that already has their unemployment rate at a record high, with an increase in the minimum wage; millions of illegals be immediately declared citizens despite depression-levels of under-employed legal American citizens; and that crony capitalism be employed in selected areas of a nation that invented economic freedom and whose markets are now less free than eleven other countries.
The Chief Executive is required to deliver “information” of the state of the union, but don’t expect to hear any that casts any light on the epic failure of his and his Democrats’ policies. Don’t expect anyone who had the health insurance they liked cancelled due to Obamacare, any tea partier whose free speech rights were denied by the IRS, or relative of the fallen in Benghazi to be invited to sit next to the First Lady.
No, rather expect to be lectured on the new requirements to be deemed a non-bigot that cares about the poor, which always means spending more, more and more. Never mind that should liberal Democrats be forced to prove in a court of law that they have cared for the poor over the past five and 50 years would be unable to produce any such evidence of same.
Obama and the Democrats that rule the Senate should have been fired for incompetence and failure in 2012. They weren’t, and the state of the union 14 months later is, predictably, fourteen-months worse.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson