The State of the Dis-Union Address 2021

Mr. Biden ran as a make-believe moderate promising to bring us all back together as one; to unify the nation.  That promise vaporized on Day One with his seemingly non-stop, de-Trumpifying, de-unifying Executive Orders, as he hastily slipped off his moderate knickers, and eagerly climbed into his comfy deep-blue-state, radical Progressive stretch-(the truth)-pants.

Despite knee-jerk applause at pre-determined times, the SODU address offered little for most loyal, common sense Americans to be enthused about.  Some observers even suggesting that it sounded disjointed enough at times, as if he may have actually skipped sentences or even whole paragraphs, even though the entire speech was tightly scripted. Reacting to Mr. Biden’s address, National Review’s Jim Geraghty wrote: “If you found the Trump years sufficiently chaotic and erratic, maybe it’s better for the country that Biden is boring, lifeless, and predictable, and that listening to his speeches feels like eating reheated plain oatmeal that you suspect is significantly past expiration date.”  Geraghty wrapped up his assessment like this: “Biden’s message in a nutshell is that China is making breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, which is why we need more unionized employees and a higher minimum wage.  He’s the man from yesterday, trying to assure us that he and his team know how to prepare us for tomorrow.” Yep, more union workers and higher pay, that’ll sure hold them Commies at bay, and teach them a lesson they will soon forget!

Mr. Biden, in addition to taking credit, yet again, for the Trump vaccines and continuing immunization successes (on that note, over 170K U.S. residents have died from the virus during his term to-date), he also took the time for a ridiculous backhand at his predecessor by declaring that the “riot” at the Capitol Building back in January was “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.” Oh, gosh, there Mr. Biden, sir, it appears that Pearl Harbor and September 11, 2001 must have somehow slipped your mind.

Truth be told, the chaos going on right now, under his administration: destructive rioting by organized thug mobs; various levels of virus confinement because Democrats apparently like the chill up the leg (or orgasmic) feeling that forceful control over their ‘subjects’ gives them; and the proposed additional financial damage being shoved down the nation’s collective throat by seeming unstoppable trillions in U.S. expenditures, way too much of which will likely end up in the hands of Democrat officials and campaign supporters.  All of that coming out of the over-flowing Democrat policy boiler, could very well be considered the “worst attack on our democracy” in recent decades, as Progressive Democrats no longer seem at all enchanted with democracy, capitalism, fiscal restraint, law & order, our Constitution, or individual freedoms.

And speaking of lack of fiscal restraint, that is, intended run-away spending of trillions of dollars, at a time when the prior virus-weakened and restrained U.S. economy is showing definite signs of springing back to life, thus negating the need for so much of the actual, and now further proposed, social welfare spending, Mr. Biden’s $1.8-trillion+ “American Rescue Plan,” (which, as stated, is realistically no longer needed; have you noticed the ‘Help Wanted’/’Now Hiring’ signs everywhere!) proposes free pre-school-through-free post-secondary schooling, a whole barrel full of tax-credits, and frankly, free just about everything else, all courtesy of your new very best friend, Santa Government.

Except that, as all of you non-woke-sedated Americans well know, none of it is ever free.  Somebody pays. Yep, it’s all transferring taxed-earned-income from those who work, plus spinning the Treasury’s printing presses so fast they’re smoking (think inflation). There is no “free lunch,” and there is no free schooling, or any of the rest of the proposed truckloads of handouts.  Which brings us to the uncomfortable matter of just exactly where will all of those newly needed federal trillions come from?

Well, as you know by now, the plan is for it to come from huge increases in federal taxation of just about everything, from individuals, to personal investments, to businesses, to industries.  Supposedly just hammering the super-rich, but it will inevitably trickle down to everyone with any accumulated/invested wealth, through higher taxes on interest income & dividends, and ultimately, higher prices passed on to consumers for most purchased goods and services. Said Sean Hannity: “Mark my words, everyone who pays taxes will be forced to pay for these massive spending bills. You’ll pay more for goods and for services and for energy, all at the same time.  America does not have a revenue problem…we have a government spending problem.”

Oh, but it gets worse.  Regarding Mr. Biden’s heavy-duty tax plan, a study by the National Association of Manufacturers concluded that “the U.S. economy would lose one-million jobs in the first two years, GDP would be $117-billion lower by 2023, and ordinary capital and investments in equipment and structures would be $80-billion less in 2023.”  A very negative, yet likely, very truthful projection of loss through excessive taxation, both in jobs and the nation’s wealth generation.

So, then, reacting to Mr. Biden’s speech, overall, Fox Nation’s Tomi Lahren said the following: “President Biden told us one thing very clearly: The almighty government funded by you, the American taxpayer, is your savior, your messiah, and your master.  The message tonight wasn’t one of freedom or liberty.  It wasn’t one of self-reliance or personal responsibility.  It was one of depending upon the government for your health and safety; depending on the government for your job; depending upon the government for your paycheck; and for being allowed to go outside without a mask.”

Writer David Bossie added some concluding thoughts on the speech and our current situation, including frightening Americans with the need to keep them in ‘crisis’ mode, while imposing those huge, proposed tax increases, so that Democrats can “pay for their liberal wish list.”  Wrote Bossie: “As more and more of our country returns to pre-COVID living and millions upon millions of vaccinations are administered each and every day, Washington Democrats refuse to say the crisis is over, because they don’t want to give up the power they have over the American people. But make no mistake about it.  America’s families are sick and tired of being held hostage by teaches unions and other liberal special interests.  Our liberty and way of life must be restored without delay.”

There can be no question that the far more enlightening, realistic, positive, and encouraging part of the evening was provided by South Carolina’s great Senator, Tim Scott, in his impressive Republican response to Mr. Biden’s address that evening.  Strong words from the very start: “President Biden promised to unite a nation.  To lower the temperature. To govern for all Americans.  That was the pitch.  You just heard it again.  But our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes.  We need policies and progress that bring us closer together.”

Then he took on the falsely alleged ‘systemic racism’ charge and the supposition that all white Americans represent evil. Recalling that Mr. Biden had first, and earlier, blamed whites for their, in Democrat delusional minds, apparent threat to America.  Said Mr. Biden: “And we won’t ignore what our own intelligence agencies have determined – the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today is from white supremacist terrorism.”  Responding to all of the white and black race-based politicized lunacy, Senator Scott said: “Hear me clearly. America is not a racist country.  It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination, and its’s wrong to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”  Thank you, Senator, for clearing the air on that deceitful belief with your definitive statement.  Are their individual probable racists in America.  Honestly, and regrettably, yes. And, by the way, they do come in more than one skin tone.  But our great nation, as a whole, is definitely not a racist one.  To suggest otherwise, today, is a damaging, false portrayal.

Among his other key topics, a pressing one involving children, schools, and learning. Said the Senator: “I am saddened that millions of kids have lost a year of learning when they could not afford to lose a single day. Locking vulnerable kids out of the classroom is locking adults out of their future.  Our public schools should have reopened months ago.  Private and religious schools did.  Too often, powerful grown-ups set science aside. And kids…were left behind. (This has produced) the clearest case for school choice in our lifetimes.”

With echoes of Dr. King’s ‘color vs. character’ admonition, Senator Scott made reference in his response, yet again, to the regrettably pervasive, incessant ‘racism’ drum-beating by Progressive Socialist Democrats, and in particular its negative impact on children. “One hundred years ago,” said the Senator, in part, “kids in classrooms were taught the color of their skin was their most important characteristic.  Today, kids are being taught that the color of their skin defines them again! From colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money and gaining power by pretending we haven’t made any progress at all.”

Among his closing remarks, Senator Scott spoke of the virus and jobs legacy left by President Trump: “This should be a joyful springtime for our nation.  This administration inherited a tide that had already turned.  The coronavirus is on the run.  Thanks to Operation Warp Speed and the Trump administration, our country is flooded with safe and effective vaccines…and job openings are rebounding.  So, why do we feel so divided, so anxious?  A nation with so much cause for hope should not feel so heavy-laden.  A president who promised to bring us together should not be pushing agendas that tear us apart.  The American family deserves better.”

The New York Post Editorial Board’s reaction to Mr. Biden’s State of the Union Address provides an observational summary statement of his effort, from the standpoint of a, thankfully, conservative publication: “His speech was packed with hoary cliches and empty rhetoric about unity, spiced with blather about ‘white supremacy’ and ‘systemic racism.’ After all that, his effort to close with the traditional message of hope fell pretty flat, because he was out to show confidence in America after failing to give America reason to have confidence in him.”

It may not be surprising to you, perhaps even comforting, to know that Mr. Biden’s address drew about half as many viewers as did President Trump’s first address to Congress (2017).  No question, there is a public enthusiasm problem for both Mr. Biden himself, and for his radical promises and proposed policies to-date. On the contrary, Senator Scott did a terrific job with his response, providing, from the Republican side of the aisle, a more realistic portrait of the present, and a more positive and hopeful outlook for America’s prosperous future.  And such will be especially so, if both Houses can be returned to the Republican fold in 2022!


(Biden is boring, etc. quotes via, Jim Geraghty, 4-29-21; “Worst attack on our democracy” quote via, Charlie Spiering, 4-28-21; Hannity quote via, Staff, 4-29-21; National Association of Manufacturers study via, Jacob Bliss, 4-28-21; Tomi Lahren quote via, Kelsey Koberg, 4-29-21; Bossie quotes via, David N. Bossie, 4-29-21; Tim Scott opening quote & Mr. Biden’s white supremist quote via, Douglas Andrews, 4-29-21;  Tim Scott quote re: school shut-downs via, Staff, 4-28-21; Tim Scott skin color & divided nation quotes via, Steven Nelson, 4-28-21; Viewer stats Biden vs. Trump via, Thomas Gallatin, 4-30-21).