The President’s State of the Union address last night was a major disappointment. He had the perfect opportunity to begin a new, positive dialog acknowledging that the majority of the United States demands a “new direction” for our country.
He had an opportunity to be honest with the citizens about the true state of our Nation and our security. He had an opportunity to begin to heal the serious divisions that his policies promoted and caused along the lines of class warfare and racial discord. He had the opportunity to chart a new path to true economic security for all Americans, while still rewarding innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and hard work. He had an opportunity to be the “cheerleader-in-chief” but not at the expense of bending the truth. He had an opportunity to recognize the failures of the current tax system but not to use that same failed system to punish success. He had an opportunity to promote policies that lift up the middle class, but not at the expense of a larger government, larger debt and self-reliance. He had the opportunity to promote policies (without “bluster”) that would once again restore America’s credibility as a world leader, demonstrate our resolve to protect our and the world’s freedom from terrorists of all kinds – especially Islamic terrorism – and send a clear and unequivocal message to the world that the United States will not allow any country or group to threaten our sovereignty, security or peace. He had an opportunity to ensure the citizens that we will not be held hostage any longer by foreign oil producers and that we will ensure our own future with both carbon based and alternative fuels.
Most of all, he had an opportunity – and perhaps his last best chance – to convince the citizens, the world and historians, that he can unify the country, bring civil discourse to Congress, provide leadership in a time of crisis, and promote policies that will heal this country, rather than continue down his path of class, racial, political and religious warfare.
Instead he chose the opportunity to present a “world” discordant with reality, honesty, integrity, and leadership.
Kenneth Kopf, Esq. is an attorney that has been practicing international law for over 30 years, has authored numerous writings on various U.S. and international political subjects, was a candidate for U.S. Congress, and has served as a Russian linguist within the U.S. intelligence service.