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Obama Presents ‘State of the Confederacy’: A Message of Confrontation and Delusion

Jan. 21, 2015 (EIRNS)—Barack Obama’s constitutionally mandated "State of the Union" speech might better be called the "State of the Confederacy," as his message was a faithful recitation of the policies of the slave-holding Empire. It reflected a state of delusion about the real situation of the United States, internally and in the world, and an intention to escalate aggression against China and Russia.

The contrast with China’s Xi Jinping, in particular, was striking, as Obama constantly repeated the theme of "competition" against other countries, especially in the economic sphere.

The following examples make the case:

  • Declaring that one tranche of his pro-"middle class" policy was to build "the most competitive economy anywhere," Obama then launched into a demand for free trade (and fast-track authority). "As we speak, China wants to write the rules for the world’s fastest-growing region," he said. And "why would we let that happen?"

  • "We will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks, and we reserve the right to act unilaterally, as we have done relentlessly since I took office, to take out terrorists who pose a direct threat to us and our allies." [emph. added]

  • "We’re upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small—by opposing Russian aggression, and supporting Ukraine’s democracy...." [ Just don’t think about Kosovo, or Panama, or Iraq—or those Nazis who riddle the Ukrainian government—ed.]

  • "Today it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated with its economy in tatters." [Has he ever heard of the BRICS alliance of 3+ billion people, which includes Russia?]

The speech had been billed as turn to populism, with programs to aid the living standards of the general population. Yet it not only ignored the actual situation of the American population—the extent of poverty, the low-wage jobs, the drought, etc.—but Obama did not once mention Wall Street and its profiteering off the misery of the nation! It wasn’t an attack on Wall Street, but a promotion of himself, buttressed with some small suggestions, like free community college, that are "dead on arrival" in Congress.

All of which served to support one notably truthful statement Obama made about his administration’s accomplishments: "America is number one in wind power."