Wednesday, February 13, 2013

20 Tweets From the 2013 State of the Union Address

One of President Obama’s rallying cries last night was “They deserve a vote.” 

The President was referring to gun violence; however, he should have used that phrase throughout his speech from start to finish. The American people deserve a vote on everything and anything.

I agree with him that we need smarter government, not necessarily bigger government, but judging from the elected officials in all three branches of government, that ideal is a long ways off. 

And that’s okay. We’ve never had a completely competent government, and we’ve still managed to do some great things. However, even in periods of partisanship and division, the country had a government that at least would put things on the table and vote them up or down. I would much rather put our politicians to the test and figure out what they and their constituents actually believe in, rather than hide behind opinion polls and political maneuvering. If half of Congress wants to say no, let them, that’s democracy. But not putting some kind of bill in front of the American people with a healthy, messy debate just because it might get shot full of holes is an act of cowardice.

Our Founding Fathers didn’t get everything right (just ask any non-white, non-male person, well, ever), so we don't need our laws to be perfect in order to get us back on the right track. Much can be learned from failure, even if that means people suffer. People can put up with plenty of slings and arrows if they know there is a hope that someone is at least trying to bring about marginal change. 

While you ponder all of that and forecast our country’s future, enjoy 20 tweets from last night’s State of the Union address:

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