Multiple witnesses to any event will see the same situation entirely different. We will tend to interject our own views and perceptions to make the situation more real and accommodating to our inherent beliefs. We will selectively see and hear what we want and what agrees with what we already know.
Pundits viewing last night’s SOTU address from the left heard the hope for change that they wanted to believe this President is capable of effecting. Those from the right heard more lies and purposefully misleading statements causing them to believe the speech was little more than a televised campaign stump speech.
I watched the presentation and couldn’t help laughing nervously as I heard the truth, lies, and interpolated facts offered. President Obama said that he was going to make government more efficient; shortly thereafter he noted the need for creating a new bureaucracy called the Trade Enforcement Agency. He offered to centralize unemployment with a government run website. He offered to consolidate federal bureaucracies with a “new unit”. (I heard that to mean more employees for another inefficient federal bureaucracy like Homeland Security…but that’s just me).
He said in order to restore American superiority in science and technology, we may have to offer incentives to foreigners. He made no mention of returning the current school system from the social, ecological and political indoctrination centers they have become to facilities for teaching science, math, world and U.S. geography and history.
To be sure the indoctrination has a firm hold, he suggested a bill to make all public education draftees stay under the influence of the government until they graduate or turn eighteen. Combined with earlier proposals for mandated pre-school, that would give the government mind control over our children for the early formative years through what would normally be the development of independent thought.
Continuing on the education front, he also projected that there should be incentives to retain teachers and reward the best ones. As a caveat he suggested the removal of the bad ones. (With his love of strong unions, I doubt that any bad teachers will be identified. It could happen, I suppose, if one was to teach the Constitution or express an opinion other than liberal progressive).
I also happened to notice his expression of need to rebuild the transportation infrastructure and create jobs in the construction industry. I waited to hear him announce the billions of dollars in recent contracts for building or rebuilding bridges, but that didn’t happen. Specifically, I am talking about those which were awarded to Chinese national companies who supply imported Chinese labor. http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/us-bridges-roads-built-chinese-firms-14594513?tab=9482930?ion=1206853&playlist=14594944 Once again, this administration has taken borrowed American dollars to pay foreign workers or foreign countries for American projects at the expense of unemployed or underemployed American workers.
So, that’s what I saw and heard, what about you?