Obama’s State of the Union Address had the lowest ratings of any State of the Union Address since 2000. It appears that many people agree with us that listening to Barack Obama is like listening to a broken record playing the same shrill note over and over again for years on end, but somehow less satisfying. We would say that listening to him speak is like listening to fingernails scraping on a blackboard, but that might be considered racist. (Of course, if we said that it was like listening to fingernails scraping on a whiteboard, that would be considered racist as well.)
But where were we?
If one wants to read a rant against Obama’s recent State of the Union Address, and State of the Union Addresses in general, one can do little better than that by Kevin Williamson’s rant in the National Review. It begins thus:
The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement and piteous toadying, a black Mass during which every unholy order of teacup totalitarian and cringing courtier gathers under the towering dome of a faux-Roman temple to listen to a speech with no content given by a man with no content, to rise and to be seated as is called for by the order of worship — it is a wonder they have not started genuflecting — with one wretched representative of their number squirreled away in some well-upholstered Washington hidey-hole in order to preserve the illusion that those gathered constitute a special class of humanity without whom we could not live.
It’s the most nauseating display in American public life — and I write that as someone who has just returned from a pornographers’ convention.
It’s worse than the Oscars.
After that, it goes downhill, as they say. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the proper way to rant.
And he didn’t even use all caps or exclamation points. Read, and learn.