Chicago USA Saturday PM 30 January 2010
Editors, UK Financial Times
A Financial Times Friday January 29 editorial on the US President's State of the Union Address is strangely titled “Obama sticks firmly to his guns.” Strange in using a military allusion to describe a speech by someone whose military experience is limited to watching an occasional parade. You use the same questionable allusion further when you credit Mr Obama for showing “coolness under fire .”
You say “The speech was light on populism and heavy on civility.”
You call a President claiming “the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that … will open the floodgates for special interests” civil? The first amendment prohibits Congress from making any law restricting the practice of religion, speech, the press, and “the right of the people to peaceably assemble....” What can be more peaceable than people assembling to forward common goals, uncoerced, funded by their own individual contributions? If Obama wants to change that, he should submit an amendment repealing article III.
Then: “Mr Obama answered the call that he should emphasise "jobs, jobs, jobs." What does Obama know about jobs when the only significant job he ever had before January 20 was as a 'Community Organizer” a Chicago euphemism for Democrat vote hustler. The only people he has ever hired were baby sitters.
The only skill this president has is his unmatched reading of speeches written by others from a device invented only 28 years ago. A non-black individual with that limited resume would have needed to buy his own ticket to Iowa in 2007, and been lucky to be met by his grandmother.
Arnold H Nelson
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