OPINION: Tomorrow night President Barrack Obama will again make a State of the Union speech. I hope he remembers that Abraham Lincoln used something like 88 words for the Gettysburg Address which PBS and SDPB-TV are celebrating with contests for classroom videos.
Obama should cut this speech to a few numbered points that everybody can remember. He and Kerry have the ability to talk on and on and not make a simple declarative sentence that anybody can remember for more than five minutes.
1. We will get out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
2. We will stop illegal immigration. We will deport illegal aliens.
3. The economy is improving.
4. The economy and education could improve rapidly if members of the US Congress would think more about real issues and problems and less about raising contribution money and services from corporations and the very rich.
5. Taxes must be greatly increased on the rich and corporations which pay absurdly high executive salaries. Insanely high executive pay both raises consumer prices and reduces corporate profits and serves no purpose beyond inflating egos and increasing the income disparity.
6. President Kennedy got the race to the moon started. I will start the race to near energy independence from fossil fuels. Wind, Solar, and hydro energy and greatly improved home insulation are easily possible. We can improve our security without huge military expenditures and this energy project will stimulate our economy and provide savings for generations.
Thank you for your interest and time. Now, get to work. Ask not what you can do for your donors, but what you can do for your country.
But, we all know that he will ramble on for an hour or more introducing every dog and pony in the US and give us a laundry list and a grocery list.
NOTE AFTER SPEECH: And he did ramble on for an hour and a half or so ...something like 7200 Words. I have a transcript at RAUCUS CAUCUS. Not anything I could particularly disagree with as he gave the speech, but also by an hour later, I can't remember a single memorable phrase in the whole thing.
*** Stay tuned even if you have much more patience for flim-flam and humbug oratory than I have ever had--- Doug Wiken