State of The Union Antics
This evening the President of United States will deliver the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. While the focus is, and should be, on the content of message the President delivers, we can sadly anticipate a strong showing of outbursts from less than reputable members of Congress. I’m going to call this exactly what it is, disrespectable showboating by attention seeking members of Congress. There is absolutely no reason for it and shows the worst part of the politics in our country.
While tonight’s State of the Union is expected to be controversial, loose with facts, reality, and political comedy at its best, it is simply one President/one party’s opinion of what is going on our country. Nobody has to agree with it, and many will not.
A little history. The President provides the State of the Union per Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which states:
“He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”
In our nations early days, the State of the Union was delivered in writing. Only in the early 1900’s did the State of the Union begin being delivered in person as a speech. Now with the advent of the 24/7 news and instant internet access, the State of the Union is broadcast into homes around the nation and the world.
There is also a new tradition, members of Congress making outbursts or committing physical acts to interrupt and disrupt the President, as well as draw attention to themselves. These have included such things as shouting comments or even ripping the President’s speech.
Post State of the Union, unruly Congressional members have offered as an explanation that the behavior was an uncontrolled ‘excited outburst’ vs a pre-planned and executed disruption. Honestly, I don’t which is worse. Having a member of Congress who cannot sit still and control their emotions for an hour OR that they have consciously decided to ignore decency and decorum to disrupt the President during the State of the Union. BOTH options are blatantly unprofessional and disgraceful.
If a Congressional member does find themselves tempted to make an outburst, perhaps it would be better to step outside the House chamber and start your pre-written and rehearsed spontaneous interview to the press early. Or how about just sitting this one out in your Congressional office.
For the Congressional members who do find it necessary to act out, you are not a patriot, a leader, or a firebrand, you are a childish narcissist who doesn’t deserve the seat in Congress your constituents have entrusted you with.
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