By Martin Lamarque
The shameless half in the Hall of CongressUploaded: Jan 28, 2014
Of course, I am referring to the Republicans tonight who, through maybe the most decisive State of the Union address of the last generation, could only clench their teeth, smirk and try hard to appear bored and uninterested.
If you saw it, you sure know what I am talking about.
Boehner and his stern face, visible uncomfortable, at times could hardly contain his disdain for the President's appeal to work together in solving the urgent problems no other generation faced before
Whether it was addressing the economic disparity our country is famous for, or the need to finally deliver equality to women, or reminding them that their 40 votes to stop health reform had produced nothing but distraction from solving real problems, Republicans just sat there. Cold and harsh. As if the damaged they have brought onto the nation is something to feel proud of, and signaling that they will keep working at it, as soon as tomorrow.
Then it came the turn to talk about gun violence in malls, movie theaters, and schools; the most shameful of all, Sandy Hook. And I couldn't help wondering whether Boehner's and his Republican accomplices lack of emotion and concern for what this tragedy represents, could be a kind of paralysis caused by the fear of knowing that their masters at the NRA were surely keeping an eye on them. Making sure they were still in their pockets, against all reason and national yearning for a civilized approach to guns.
I couldn't help remember either, Bush's inability to utter more than one phrase at a time, without having to read the speech, and in spite of it, getting all tangled up in his own words.
Hard not to compare the difference in intellect, and wonder what were people thinking when they voted form him not once, but twice?
The President's speech electrified me tonight. I don't expect the Republicans and the Tea Partiers to change their twisted, backwards ways, but I think we finally are about to turn the corner from the darkest age in this country's modern history.