Responding to the #SOTU

Last night, there were many responses to the State Of The Union Address. There were some that I agreed with and some I didn’t. While I normally keep my mouth shut about these things, the political environment in this country as of late has been less than desirable.

First off, I loved that Republicans and Democrats were forced to sit next to each other. You could tell that many were annoyed by this. It made me think of being a child and being forced to sit next to a kid I did not like.

Second off, I could barely wait for John Boehner to start bawling his eyes out. I have never seen someone in my life that was more emotional than John. The couple of times that I have seen him cry, I want to slap him across that face and say “Quit being a baby”. Then again, maybe I should not complain as women often speak about the lack of emotion in men.

I have to give a lot of credit to Obama for mentioning how hard everyone is fighting for their beliefs. His comment ” That’s what helps set us apart as a nation” , it’s very true of our country and it’s what makes us great!

Obama spoke highly of technology. I have to give him credit for bringing social media to the White House…or whichever advisor to him that made it happen. Nonetheless, we all know how important technology is. Obama stated:

“Thirty years ago, we couldn’t know that something called the Internet would lead to an economic revolution. What we can do — what America does better than anyone else — is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. We’re the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It is how we make our living”

I completely agree. What would we do without technology. Could you imagine if it was the year 2000 and Y2K actually happened? I don’t think there would be a way for us to function. We live for instant communication.

The thing that hit home with me the most, is his mentions of education. I have one child in 2nd grade. His teacher is terrific and has really helped him grow as a student. She is a veteran teacher and is doing everything possible to help her students succeed. There is a great need for teachers of this level. Someone help this issue!!! Im scared of what will happen when my son enters 3rd grade!

I think many poiticians forget that hey are elected into their positions. I feel as if they forget that they are there so serve us, not the other way around. I struggle understanding views that many of them have and the fact that many seem like they have their own agendas. Look at Michelle Bachmann. She somehow gets airtime of television and makes so many comments that are completely embarrassing to me as a Minnesotan. She truly only cares about herself, at least from what I can tell. (Did anyone notice that her face looked really different? Facelift?)

His comment,
“We shouldn’t just give our people a government that’s more affordable. We should give them a government that’s more competent and more efficient. We can’t win the future with a government of the past.”, is what I believe the entire country wants and needs. Many issues suffer due to excessive political drama. We can’t ever forget the past and how we got here. As a history buff and a card-carrying member of the “Daughters Of The Revolution” this was one of my favorite comments all night.

“We must never forget that the things we’ve struggled for, and fought for, live in the hearts of people everywhere. And we must always remember that the Americans who have borne the greatest burden in this struggle are the men and women who serve our country”

I was slightly disappointed in his mention of job creation. This is one of the biggest issues that our country is dealing with. He has many times discussed this issue. But where are the Jobs? We need to focus on what is working. We need to make education better and affordable. I’m paying $5000 a semester for a college education. This is outrageous. As a real estate agent, I would love for real estate to completely turn around. I would love for my sellers to make a return on their investment and for my buyers to be able to know that after their purchase, they will have a job.

As Americans, we want it all. However there is no quick fix. We all need to take an active role in our government. My advice to everyone is to call your elected officials when you have a problem. Express your views and your ideas. We are all in this together and we need to work as a team to fix our problems and make our country better!

Sponsored by the Brooke Wolford for President 2016 (I’ll be old enough to run by then.)

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