February 25, 2009

The great American pep rally

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I watched President Obama's State of the Union Address this morning. Lots of cotton candy fluffiness, not much substance. It felt more like a sermon or a high school pep rally than a realistic assessment of where we are and where we're going. But don't mind me. I've been angry at the new kid on the block since February 16th.

And what exactly was going on while America enjoyed a national pep rally?

The First Amendment Was Attacked by Al Sharpton & the NAACP

The Second Amendment Was Attacked by Multiple State Senates

A Few Judges Accepted Some Kickbacks

California Tried to Legalize Pot

And A Bunch of Folks Claimed Pot Will Save the Economy

It seems like just yesterday I was pointing out that casual drug use is the main source of revenue for the violent gangs that have transformed both American inner cities and Northern Mexico into war zones. Will legalizing marijuana reduce the amount of money flowing into these gangs? Probably not. Their main products these days are cocaine derivatives, methamphetamines, and Ecstasy.

Maybe I'm dense, but I just don't get it. America has never been a moral paradise, but corruption and casual law-breaking has never been this rampant. Even worse, in the midst of this whirlwind of illegal activity, the only thing the President of the United States can say about the State of the Union is, "...we're going to come back stronger than ever!"