Cancel the State of the Union Address

Congress doesn’t have to host a live State of the Union address. The Constitution only says POTUS “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information” on the State of the Union.

In olden times it was just done in writing.

Don’t invite him.

Why give a discredited president a platform he doesn’t deserve?

Craig Crawford

Author: Craig Crawford

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43 thoughts on “Cancel the State of the Union Address”

  1. op ed in wapo should cause a stir today – a nasty tweet at the very least
    Mitt Romney: The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short.
    The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that America has long been a “sucker” in world affairs all defined his presidency down.
    To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow “our better angels.” A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.
     The world is also watching. America has long been looked to for leadership. Our economic and military strength was part of that, of course, but our enduring commitment to principled conduct in foreign relations, and to the rights of all people to freedom and equal justice, was even more esteemed. Trump’s words and actions have caused dismay around the world. In a 2016 Pew Research Center poll, 84 percent of people in Germany, Britain, France, Canada and Sweden believed the American president would “do the right thing in world affairs.” One year later, that number had fallen to 16 percent.
    This comes at a very unfortunate time. Several allies in Europe are experiencing political upheaval. Several former Soviet satellite states are rethinking their commitment to democracy. Some Asian nations, such as the Philippines, lean increasingly toward China, which advances to rival our economy and our military. The alternative to U.S. world leadership offered by China and Russia is autocratic, corrupt and brutal.
    The world needs American leadership, and it is in America’s interest to provide it. A world led by authoritarian regimes is a world — and an America — with less prosperity, less freedom, less peace.
    To reassume our leadership in world politics, we must repair failings in our politics at home. That project begins, of course, with the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us. It includes political parties promoting policies that strengthen us rather than promote tribalism by exploiting fear and resentment. Our leaders must defend our vital institutions despite their inevitable failings: a free press, the rule of law, strong churches, and responsible corporations and unions.
    I look forward to working on these priorities with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other senators.
    Furthermore, I will act as I would with any president, in or out of my party: I will support policies that I believe are in the best interest of the country and my state, and oppose those that are not. I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.

  2. in re SOTU
    If they HAVE to have it, Nancy and Mitch should schedule it in a Monday morning 9:00- 10:00 slot making note that it will kick-off a regular normal work day for the newly constituted and motivated congress. 
    decorum required – no excessive shows of emotion, no greet and meet coming down the aisle, stick to the scheduled time, re- convening in separate chambers to continue the work of the day. they need to return to Monday thru Friday work weeks allowing only 1 taxpayer paid weekend a month to home districts/states.

  3. Pat, I agree in principle, but before implementation we are entitled to retribution for Joe Wilson’s shameful attack.

  4. flatus, a subtle sweet revenge could be requiring members to make a show of bi-partisanship and sit side-by-side with the opposite party.    

  5. ny times:  
    SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — For one tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the government shutdown comes with a price tag: about $100,000, every day, of federal money that does not arrive to keep health clinics staffed, food pantry shelves full and employees paid.
    The tribe is using its own funds to cover the shortfalls for now. But if the standoff in Washington continues much longer, that stopgap money will be depleted. Later this month, workers could be furloughed and health services could be pared back. “Everything,” said Aaron Payment, the chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe, “is on the table.”
    For many Americans who are not federal workers or contractors, a shutdown is a minor inconvenience. A trip to a national park may be canceled. A call to a government office may go unanswered. But for Native American tribes, which rely heavily on federal money to operate, a shutdown can cripple their most basic functions.
    All across Indian Country, the federal shutdown slices deep. Generations ago, tribes negotiated treaties with the United States government guaranteeing funds for services like health care and education in exchange for huge swaths of territory.
    “The federal government owes us this: We prepaid with millions of acres of land,” said Mr. Payment, who also criticized the shutdown on Monday from the stage at his tribe’s New Year’s powwow. “We don’t have the right to take back that land, so we expect the federal government to fulfill its treaty and trust responsibility.”
    On the Navajo Nation, a mostly rural reservation of red rock canyon that spans parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, the government shutdown has already been difficult, said Russell Begaye, the Navajo Nation’s president.
    A blanket of snow has covered the region, but roads are unplowed because federal maintenance has stopped. Many people are now trapped in their homes, unable to make the 20- or 50-mile journey to buy water, groceries and medicine, said Mr. Begaye.
    The Interior Department’s Indian Affairs bureau provides basic services to about 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives, often by funneling funds to the tribes to administer the services themselves or by employing federal workers to run the programs. This means that services from law enforcement to tribal courts, disaster relief and road maintenance are often completed by tribal employees whose salaries rely on federal funding — or by federal workers, some of whom are tribal citizens.
    The shutdown also curtailed a Department of Agriculture food program that helped feed about 90,000 Native American people in fiscal year 2017. Chairman Joseph Rupnick of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, headquartered in northeast Kansas, said he feared the impact that this would have on his members.
    “Those stores will be depleted,” Mr. Rupnick said of the tribe’s food distribution center. “When they’re going through a shutdown, they’re thinking: ‘I need five billion for a wall. I need dollars for this or that.’ The bottom line is it always impacts the neediest people in the country.”
    The shutdown has further eroded many Native Americans’ confidence in the federal government, which they said has never lived up to lofty promises made in long-ago treaties. “I believe very strongly that it adversely affects a population that is already adversely affected by the United States government,” said Harry Barnes, a former chairman of Montana’s 17,000-member Blackfeet Nation.

  6. The prospect of a cancelled SOTU is interesting…  but it would deprive us political junkies the opportunity of watching SFB go off the rails on primetime tv.  Especially when it comes time for him to acknowledge a new Speaker of the House.

  7. I must make a confession. Yesterday, New Years Day 2019, I turned-on our AC when the inside temperature in our home rose to 78-deg. Temps outside were in the low 70s with humidity in the high 90s…Pogo, what else was I to do?

  8. so, what’s up with meeting in the situation (or as mika accidentally called it this a.m. the “shit-uation”) room?  brain-washing? mob-style threats? no holds barred blows to the ego?  an intervention… hopefully a Nixonian  moment of resignation?

  9. today’s op ed not the 1st time we heard mitt speak out.  remember the trump’s a phony a fraud speech?

  10. patd – any bets on who dictated the Situation Room?  Dems (and possibly repubs) have been burned more than once by SFB.  I doubt Pelosi will allow the simpleton the pleasure of doing it anymore.
    Notice the media is still pushing that SFB will not sign off on any bill granting back pay, but at least now using his name on the rejection rather than a cloud in the sky statement without mentioning the WH or SFB.  A few r’s who are fed employees who stated they were on “paid vacation” may change their tune if they lose at least one twelfth or one tenth of their year’s income.

  11. All of the government workers and contractors not getting paid will precipitate a recession soon, and then we’ll finally be done with our vain, venal, vicious head-buffoon. 

  12. Flatus, at 78 degrees you had no choice.  The irony is that turning on the A/C creates demand in the electric grid, causing more power generation, causing more emissions, contributing to more CO2 in the atmosphere, leading to higher temps, but I’d say you were justified.  (BTW, congrats to OSU & Urban).
    Yes, tell IMPOTUS to put it in writing and STFU instead of SOTU.  He’ll understand it that way.

  13. Oh, and the shutdown should rightly be hung around IMPOTUS’ fat neck like a dead albatross.  I started to say millstone but that’s not odious enough.

  14. Yes, Mr Pogo, a stinking, maggoty, dead albatross. Plus a chicken, a turkey, a bustard, a vulture, a cowbird, an ostrich, a gull, a viper, a squirrel, a pig, a sloth, a toad, a wasp, a roach, a slug, and a tapeworm.
    I think that may cover the majority of his bases.

  15. And yet who can forget all the carping about Pelosi merely because Goopers made her a target.  
    In a way Warren is also being victimized by the same mentality.    

  16. Ms Cracker,
    Obviously, the repunks are worried about Warren.
    We don’t see them waste time making shit up about Granlund. 

  17. I just had a thought. Howzabout running hard-headed Gabby Gifford ? The Unsinkable Get ‘er Done Gal ?
    Does anyone think field marshal hogjowl j. bonespurs would dare to run against HER ?

  18. I remain keen on Uncle Joe.

    “How Biden has paved way to a presidential run” (NYT)

    “A series of careful financial decisions, and the creation of nonprofits and academic centers staffed by close advisers, would help a campaign-in-waiting.”

  19. Craig,
    Your proposal for the state of the union is spot on. Not only would it deny Trump a forum for his lies and deceit it would spare us from having to listen to the usually lame and tepid response from the opposition party.
    It’s a win win.

  20. I’m not sure about Biden. The Obama coalition did not turn out for HRC. The nominee of the party needs to be able to stitch that coalition back together or form a new one that can bring out enough voters to win.
    I’m convinced that Warren can’t do it and I have strong reservations about Biden as well. Sanders need not apply.

  21. I still say Biden’s winning message is, “Give me one term to clean up this mess, and then I’ll turn it over to the young folks.”

    Nobody knows allies on a first name basis or understands maneuvering Congress like he does.

  22. I’m not going to firmly stake out a position on the 2020 Dem candidate yet – I want to watch the first couple of debates first. That said, unless someone lights up the room I’ll be accompanying Poobah calling for a Joe run for one term (presumably with a youngster as VP to turn the WH over to).

  23. Biden has the experience,the contacts and the name recognition to be a very formidable candidate. My concern is his age and the very real possibility that women will decide who the next president is going to be. I want someone that continues to increase the natural advantage Democrats have in the gender gap. Just not sure Joe is that someone, and I think the world of him.

  24. As Mattis told Omaha when he set protocols for intervening presidential nuke commands, “I don’t want you putting on a pot of coffee without telling me first.” Now what?

  25. Jace, I think suburban white women voters, who are the deciders these days, will be open to stability and experience regardless of gender. Age will be a concern, hence the appeal of a Biden one-term pledge.

  26. Craig, so long as we have the vice presidency structured as it is, there will always be a strong chance for “training wheels presidents”. Take this case in point. HST took over from FDR when the latter kicked the bucket in ’45. He didn’t have the foggiest what was going on in the depths of D.C. much less Chicago, home of the Manhattan Project, nor White Sands, where our nuclear capability was to be tested. If the leftovers from FDR’s cabinet had their way, he never would have found out. Instead, he had the fortitude expected of a WWI captain and kicked ass and took names (defeating the Japanese in the process.) He was a rarity. I had to drive up and down his street in Independence to completely understand that his courage wasn’t totally developed in the trenches.

  27. Craig,
    This 58 year old lovely lady doesn’t need training wheels of any kind.  What’s more she is a close as I can get to Hillary while being totally acceptable to the midwest.  Pair her with a POC and you have a totally great ticket. 
    Amy Klobuchar Wiki

  28. No to Joe  he like many looks good while not running but as soon as he is in the race all the warts are spotlighted and he has a lot.  

  29. Read Michelle’s book (almost), or tried to, holiday gift. Repetitive and boring (how many times could she say Valerie Jarrett is her best friend), needed severe editing. Obviously struggled to meet the word count for her advance.

  30. as much as I love joe, no no no on another go.   that is, unless, as I hope in warren’s case, it would be an early way to goad the bull(sh*t)ly like picadors leading up to the main attraction when the matador  (la matadora?) does him in. 

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