Thursday, January 28, 2010

Alito To Prez: You Lie!

As Ruth Bader Ginsberg appeared to doze off, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito - who was alert - did a quieter impersonation of South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson in response to a nearly unheard of rebuke of the High Court during a State of the Union Address. With the world as an audience, President Obama took a direct swipe at the Supreme Court's recent decision to void much of the McCain-Feingold travesty.

In the midst of yet another narcissistic, hour-long complaint about the very job he fought so hard to attain, Obama said of the Court:

"Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong."
Alito's seemingly subdued reaction - no doubt necessitated by the sense of decorum so cavalierly abandoned by the president - was, in reality, not much different than Joe Wilson's nearly a year ago. "Simply not true" is a first cousin of "You lie!"

Alito's facial contortions were an indicator of the force with which he meant his silent words. His accompanying look of incredulity spoke volumes of Obama's utter lack of veracity, and one must wonder whether Alito - if he had been watching the speech on television - would have flung his footwear at the screen.

Which also makes me wonder if the president inadvertently stimulated the economy with the rest of his speech, causing a run on Best Buy. I'm sure that there were a great many others across the country who were not encumbered by the protocol responsible for Alito's restraint, and whose frustrations boiled over at some point.

The president continued his juvenile finger pointing, blaming everyone and everything for the nations woes and refusing to accept any culpability, all the while vowing to work hard to right our course. The problem is that his "solutions" are nothing more than accelerating the practices responsible for those woes. He's going to continue to borrow and spend trillions of dollars and crow about saving a few billion through "cuts". Sadly, too many people will only be cognizant of the alleged savings and cheer the president.

Obama says that job creation is now his priority, despite the recent urgency of his failing health reforms. His answer to the unemployment situation does not seem designed to help, but rather to exacerbate the problem through even more prohibitive taxes on the very engine of the economy; "big business". He renewed his call for "bipartisanship", but common ground is not really what he seeks, unless it means hopping the fence to land in his yard. As long as you agree with him, that's called bipartisanship.

I haven't seen an official tally yet, but by my count, Obama referred to himself 102 times, though I may have missed a few due to my own howls of frustration and complete astonishment at the president's level of hubris. Fortunately I was able to resist the urge to hurl inanimate objects at the beautiful television - a gift from my children - as I watched.

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3 comments:

Edisto Joe said...

Woody:
Since when has Obama been concerned about foreign countries?
Hell, he apologizes to them where ever he goes. Not to mention granting foreign terrorists all the rights granted under our system of law. Alito should have flipped him off...which he would never do. However if the "birthers" ever get their day in court, old Sam might be up their on the bench with a grin on his face.

Anonymous said...

You're, frankly, an imbecile. The labor movement is in its third decade of assault from above
(THANKS RONNIE, BILL, GEORGE, AND BARRY). Imperial war is raging all over the planet. Capitalism has plunged into the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. And you have started a web site to promote nationlist and reactionary politics. Pathetic. Your working class ancestors are turning in their graves.

Woody said...

Uh...Comrade Anonymous...
What, not even a gratuitous mention of the bourgeois?

Two problems here; it is capitalism that has been under attack for decades from the communist labor movement.

Also, you need to stop watching old reruns of Star Wars and get out more. "Imperial war"? And I'm the imbecile. I'd laugh, but sadly, I believe you're serious. Seek counseling.