Two posts in one day! How amazing. But not really, considering that this post is inspired by the most painful hypocrisy which will be inflicted on the American public, and indeed, the world tonight.
What are you talking about, Spins?
Sadly, tonight is the "State of the Union" address. For those of you not familiar, this is the night in which our president presents to Congress his view of how well things are going and his vision of how to improve. It's interspersed with applause from one side of the aisle and frowns from the other, all the while the Supreme Court Justices (with new justice Alito just making the deadline for his front row seat) try to keep their smirking under control. Some hapless citizen will no doubt be seated next to Laura in the balcony to be highlighted during the speech so that the prez can pretend he's actually in touch with what life is like for most people in this country.
All this would be hard enough to stomach, but then I saw a headline today, which literally made me do a doubletake. It said, "Bush to say 'Americans addicted to oil' in speech tonight." Upon further elaboration, he is going to stress the need to become less dependent on foreign oil supplies found in unstable regions. I can't tell you how this makes my blood boil! First, your family is in bed with one of the most powerful foreign oil regimes in the world. Second, you get us into a war for oil which has destabilized a region in a foreign land...a war which continues to take lives and feed the pockets of your family, friends and political cronies. And, third, you bow constantly to auto industry objections to implementing requirements for fuel economy in existing technology.
The same article also mentioned that he would be talking about how it's the government's responsibility to provide healthcare for the poor and elderly...this hard on the heels of one of the biggest health fiascos in recent history: Medicare Part D. Don't even get me started on this disaster (which is designed to profit the drug companies).
I, thank the gods, have to see clients tonight and won't have to feel guilty about not watching it.
*stepping off my soapbox*