The last legitimate State of the Union speech
I will not mince words: this is an illegitimate State of the Union about to be delivered tonight by Donald Trump.
He cannot say with a straight face, like presidents before him have, that "the state of the union is strong". Due to his actions, and the actions of his Republican enablers, the union is frayed in a manner unseen since the height of the Vietnam War.
He cannot point to accomplishments which have bettered the commonwealth. Such "accomplishments" as he has have done nothing but tear at our social, political, and economic fabric. He has done nothing but sow discord and division, running riot with his dark impulses, aided and abetted by sycophants and cowards.
He cannot with a straight face paint a hopeful picture of America. What we know is that his vision of America is of a dark wasteland which only he can save. Except his vision of a "saved" America is even darker.
This is a man who has no business occupying the office of the president. And no, Tomi Lahren, he didn't "win", and we won't "get over it." Just like you never got over Barack Obama winning twice.
So, as a corrective, I offer President Obama's last State of the Union speech. It is everything Donald Trump's won't be. It will have to hold us until this dark period is over.
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