Obama supporters and struggling middle class families would have to agree that the State of the Union Address delivered by the President Tuesday evening was exactly what our country needed to hear.
Our economy is recovering. Our President is working for us, not for the wealthy. Things are finally looking up.
All of this coupled with the energetic and determined overtones of a President who has fought incredible adversity while spearheading an amazing turn-around in six years and a day was both refreshing and extremely optimistic.
Republicans of course had their own version of key points, calling tax cuts for the middle class “government spending,” tweeting about the “deportable” guest in the First Lady’s box, and insulting the intelligence of all Americans by allowing Joni Ernst to pull out the lie that the Affordable Care Act has cost millions their health coverage and raised insurance costs to astronomical levels.
Typical. The truth has never mattered to the GOP. All that has ever mattered is the money they receive from their corporate masters for their campaign funds.
Some things, however, are indisputable. Climate change, for example. An overwhelming majority of the world’s scientists agree that we are affecting our climate and that if we don’t act to change that simple fact there will be serious repercussions for our planet.
Nobody profits from climate change being the very real issue that it is. The only profit made from climate change is the energy companies and toxic waste-dumping corporations that continuously push the hoax theory.
Another indisputable fact is that the Bush administration violated the human rights of prisoners of war with torture tactics, and that our President ended the practice, because we’re better than that.
These two very important portions of the president’s address make the GOP look exceedingly greedy and incredibly cruel.
Their response? Simple. When the Republican House of Representatives’ official website posted the State of the Union, they omitted those portions of the speech that talked about climate change and torture.
Why face a problem head-on when you can simply edit the speech and pretend it never happened?
At the 43:25 minute mark, the President said:
I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists; that we don’t have enough information to act. Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what — I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe.
That section of the speech is entirely left out of the version the GOP posted.
At 43:25, when the President said:
As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened, which is why I’ve prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained. It’s why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world.
Again the entire section is missing.
Only one conclusion can be drawn from this egregious deception:
Republicans are cowards who are afraid to face the issues they don’t have a response for, so they simply omitted them.
Watch the Republican version of the speech below, complete with on-screen lies, misleading rebuttals and typical talking points aimed at keeping their misinformed base in the dark.