To the Editor,
Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of our Constitution states that the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union.” This has turned into an annual event in which there is a lot of empty blustering and fluff and little substance (when compared to those given by our early presidents). Every speech recent presidents have given have always included the affirmation that “the state of our union is strong.” To this I say, “bull crap!”
We’ve had a number of divisive presidents and parties throughout our history. John Adams and the Federalists with their Alien and Seditions Act of 1798 caused quite a rift. James Madison and his conduct of the War of 1812 almost led to the secession of several New England States. Andrew Jackson and the Democrats came close to instigating a civil war and secession by South Carolina in 1832. The most severe was in 1860 when Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans’ election triggered the secession of several southern states and the subsequent war between the states.
I could continue this journey down “history lane” with references to LBJ and Vietnam, Nixon and Watergate as more recent examples, but we now find ourselves as a country in the midst of another one of these divisive crises, most exemplified by the stirring up of racial tensions in Ferguson, Missouri by Obama and his administration and now more of the same to come in NYC. Barak Obama was elected with much hoopla about how, due to his uniqueness, he would bring unity between the Western and Muslim worlds, between the U.S. and those whose ideologies are in opposition to ours, and within the U.S., harmony between the races and classes of all Americans.
All the talk of “hope and change” has now shown to be nothing more than “hype and chain.” He and his henchmen (Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, among others) have set race relations back 60 or more years. He has divided citizens and legal immigrants against their government due to his unconstitutional overreach in granting legal status to those here illegally. He has driven a wedge of mistrust between the U.S. and many of our closest allies.
America has weathered all those previous divisive challenges, but those early challenges were overcome because the people had a love for freedom and liberty that burned brightly within them. Weathering this current one depends upon that same burning passion. I fear, however that in many of our fellow citizens, that passion has waned and we will continue to be divided. The principle of “united we stand, divided we fall” is as certain as the law of gravity. We ignore it to our peril.