by Chris Carrington
Like an aging rock star on a comeback tour, Obama threw in a few new tunes and revisited a lot of old ones in his State Of The Union address. With odd lines from old speeches thrown into the mix, and a good deal of personal back-patting in the form of “I did this” and “I did that”, his speech was more aspirational than practical. Given that both houses of Congress are controlled by the Republicans, most of what he proposed is unlikely to become legislative reality.
So why bother?
Point scoring and one-upmanship is what politicians do for a living. Political gamesmanship where the rich elite makes decisions that affect the lives of millions. We are merely pawns in their game.
In an ideal world, the Republicans would pass the Presidents proposals without question, but we don’t live in an ideal world. They will reject and vote down his plans, including the proposal that would see higher taxes for the top 1% richest Americans. This allows the Democrats to lay claim that they are the political party that is on the side of the 99%. A trap that will snag the Republicans whichever way they go.
In reality, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans give a rats ass about the 99%. Politics is about the old boys network. It’s about having enough money and knowing enough influential people to make it to the White House. Once ensconced, the plan is simple, increase the stranglehold the rich have over the populace and make the rich even richer and more powerful in the process.
Power is the ultimate goal of politicians across the globe and the United States is no exception. Politicians can call themselves whatever they like, GOP, Democrats, Conservative, Liberal, Communist or Ba’ath but the facts are always the same, the ruling party uses its position to generate even more wealth and power for themselves and their elitist cohorts.
The next President of the United States, regardless of their political affiliation, will be no different.
You can watch the speech in full here.