It's the 4th of July. Seems to me to be a good time for the people, rather than the President, to make some kind of "State of the Union" address.
So, I'll start. Feel free to add what you like.
Madam Speaker, Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, various respected members of government agencies monitoring the Internet,
and fellow Americans:
From time to time, the people should be allowed to present to Congress information about the state of our union. For 220 years, our leaders have
fulfilled this duty. Now it's our turn.
Congress, the executive branch, and perhaps even the Supreme Court have been deeply compromised by the growing power of lobbying. The nation faces a
staggering and ever-increasing load of debt and obligations that has been estimated at over $40 trillion but is much likely larger. The borders are no
longer secure, and just recently, members of a narcotics-trafficking gang of illegal aliens opened fire in
on El Paso City Hall in Texas. The US federal government response to this invasion: silence.
Meanwhile, although the nation seems hesitant to defend its own territory when invaded as described above, there is apparently no sign of abating
enthusiasm by the government for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and indeed there are signs that military action against Iran is a growing
A disastrous oil spill continues to spew toxins that could impact tens of millions of citizens. How bad is it? Well, we don't really know, because
the government, working together with a large oil company based in a foreign nation, has made sure that reporters, bloggers, scientists, and concerned
citizens have minimal access to information and research around the spill site.
Unemployment continues at the highest rates since the Great Depression, and a "double dip" recession appears to be a foregone conclusion. The US
reputation abroad remains deeply tarnished, and unrest at home is growing.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the state of the union in not strong.
[edit on 7/4/10 by silent thunder]