Lots of make-up sex going on this morning.
That opinion is really kind of a no brainer what with it being the day after the State of the Union speech and all.
Passionate discussions/debates/conflicts/arguments were likely flying around more prolifically last night than Peyton Manning passes on any given Sunday.
Even this morning.
Maybe even carrying on as we speak (write and/or read).
And, given the level of that aforementioned passion that this particular resident of 1600 Pennsylvania conjures, a lot of harsh things were likely said in the last twelve hours or so (at this writing).
Even between loving spouses/partners who, most of the year, find the whole opposites attract thing works for them but, lo, come January and the pep rally masquerading as patriotic profundity, couches of America, get ready to be slept upon.
Meanwhile, said advocates of the "anti" persuasion seem, as always, to be more visible, audible, (vegetable or mineral?) than those on the "thumbs up, Mr. Prez, good JOB!" side of whatever aisle is handy to act as demarcation line.
And, boy, oh, boy, the comments sections of the online news sites.
A river of bile that makes the mighty Mississip look like the kind of trickle that would indicate a trip to the urologist is in immediate order.
Personally, I don't have any problem with that.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
And they are Constitutionally assured of their right to express said opinion.
No, my problem isn't so much with the landslide of expression as much as with the lack of erudition.
And my long held, and oft expressed, sentiment that the only problem with freedom....
....is that you have to give it to everybody.
Please allow me to illustrate.
One particular, local news blog ran a piece this morning in which the blogger, a well known local news/talk radio host expressed his disdain for the whole idea of even bothering with a State of the Union address in the first place.
His contention is that.....well, actually, I think he said it, himself, very articulately.
The president travelling to the Capitol to engage in this phony bit of political theater is one of the most over rated and meaningless exercise in DC. It's very predictable, and therefore boring. The entire production reminds me of some sort of Monarchy with the King laying down the law to his subjects. It's wasteful, divisive, and inane. News people and talk hosts talk about it only because they think they have to, and have nothing to do but parrot the next guy who is talking about it.
Is there anything so fake as this? Washington puts on a play, delivering the lines already revealed to the audience before the show. The various players clap on cue like trained seals pretending they didn't know the words in advance. The camera pans to the various guests to see the pre-rehearsed responses. Afterwards the TV commentators talk to the masses and play along (like Doug Llewelyn on the old Peoples Court) pretending what they saw actually meant something, but ultimately agreeing that the "agenda" presented either will "have a tough time passing" or "will move forward a great vision", something along these lines.
My own, well thought out and carefully considered response to his observations?
You go, dude.
Because, probably not all that coincidentally (great minds and all that), I had just written and posted, earlier in the day, my own two cents (a nickel and three pennies adjusted for inflation) on the matter.
in fact, the Constitution only mandates that the President report annually on "the state of the Union"....technically, the Constitutional requirement could be fulfilled in a memo (these days, even a post it note).....the "big speech", in front of Congress and "the American public" is nothing more, or less, than a tradition (kind of like the holiday get-together with those people you really don't like but don't know how to break up with)....a tradition that actually accomplishes very little, given that those who like the current leaders will continue to like the current leaders and those who dislike will continue to dislike...and any people who might deserve credit for honest, hard work resulting in positive benefits play no part in any of this circus at all....think the Grammy Awards and take away the really cool gramophone trophies.....
So, as it turned out, this particular news/talk radio host and I, probably not all the coincidentally (great minds and all that), were, without having any contact with one another, on the same page.
Here's where erudition enters the plot.
Another listener/reader of the local host's blog site offered up, in full use of his Constitutionally mandated right to do so, his own two cents (yet another nickel and three pennies, adjusted).
(For obvious reasons, any indication of the poster's identity has been excluded, as a personal courtesy to him/her and a legal courtesy to me, what with not wanting to get hassled or sued or have the NSA move me up a couple of notches on the ol' list, there)
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