THE SAPIENT SPARROW: conservatism for commoners

"What has always made the State a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven."–Holderlin

STATE OF DIS-UNION: THE PROPER RESPONSE TO THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS?

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This will be short and sweet-MUCH shorter and sweeter than the State of the Union address last night!

My predictions proved to be very accurate.  Although next time I really ought to set a point total goal, so that there is actually a way to prove that I won the “Obama Speech Game”.

Allow me to digress for a moment and tell you that I used to work in the field of Domestic Violence as a counselor in a shelter for battered women.  The men in the lives of these women all had some behavioral traits in common.

1) They all blamed other situations, people etc. for their mistakes and shortcomings.
2) They all promised, over and over again, to do things that they never actually did, nor ever intended to do.
3) They all gave sweet little gifts along with sweet little words and then returned to their former behavior.
4) They all revised history, twisted facts and lied to make themselves look good, which made everyone else feel rather crazy.
5) They all needed to be right and wanted their own way in all things.
6) None would entertain any sort of disagreement with their viewpoints.  In the case that disagreement was expressed, there was swift and brutal retribution.

The object of an abuser, either consciously or unconsciously, is to create an atmosphere of dependency, debility and dread to bind his victim to him.

Obviously, I am not saying that the POTUS is a physically violent man.  However, abuse comes in many different degrees and types—and it never ends well.  Solution?  It is always the same.  If you don’t want to be hurt, stay as far away from him as you possibly can.  Perhaps that would work well in this instance as well.

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