Get Ready for Tomorrow Night’s State of the Union [Livetweeting]!

you can probably work out the year based on the color of the tie, and hairAre you excited about tomorrow
night’s State of the Union, for the
Reason livetweeting
of course? The address has something for
everyone: ritual pomp and circumstance for worshippers of the
state, cheer lines for the party in power, jeer lines for the party
not, and a slew of promises and claims, old and new, mostly broken
and untrue, to serve as a reminder of the base nature of political
discourse and action. The Obama White House spent the last few
weeks pushing tomorrow’s State of the Union as the start of a “year
of action.” Like a summer of recovery (or a winter of discontent?).
With midterm elections in November and both sides looking to
exploit any opportunity for political posturing or
self-aggrandizement, any “action” they can muster is almost certain
to be cringeworthy.

For those who can’t wait for Reason’s livetweeting of the State
of the Union address tomorrow, here are some readings on the ritual

  • Matt Welch
    jerry rigged
    what could pass as 2012’s, this, or any year’s
    State of the Union address using one sentence from each of the
    annual addresses to joint sessions of Congress from 1961 to 2011.
    Twirl towards freedom!
  • Last year John Stossel explained
    what President Obama should have said. It still applies, and the
    president will still ignore it.
  • Scott Shackford’s 2013
    on the big problems Obama was going to ignore in
    last year’s state of the union will be correct again this
  • Matt Welch presents
    seven (only seven?) forgettable states of the union by second-term
    (lame-duckish) presidents.
  • Obama for
    Organizing for Action
    wanted to know
    what you wanted the president to say tomorrow
    night. He will certainly miss the opportunity again to
    tell young people
    he’s screwing them over big time.
  • Obama is expected to gin up income inequality as the greatest
    problem of our time
    the good news.
  • The president will be tempted to again insist America does big
    things. Peter Suderman explains why that’s not
  • Last year saw
    two responses
    to the State of the Union: Sen. Marco Rubio
    (R-Fla.) for the GOP, and Sen. Rand
    bringing the libertarianism
    with the semi-official “Tea Party”
    response. This year will see a response from Rep. Cathy McMorris
    Rodgers (R-Wash.) for the GOP, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) for the Tea
    Party, and Rand Paul for himself, in true libertarian fashion.
  • Thomas Jefferson put a stop to delivering the state of the
    union in person because it was too reminiscent of the British
    monarch’s “speech from the throne.” Woodrow Wilson brought the
    practice back into fashion, and with it launched into full gear the
    project of the “imperial

And here’s a Reason TV riff on President Obama’s doubletalk from
the 2010 address:


from Hit & Run

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