My two favorite quotes from the State of the Union. You can watch it a bunch of places, but I get more out of reading it (same thing with LDS General Conference. See the text here. Also, what’s with the Republicans not clapping when he talks about cutting taxes? Usually they’d be having a full-on slobberfest at the mention of those tax cuts they love so much. It perfectly summed up their mindset, avoid helping the President even if if he’s doing something that’s good for their constituents.
“And if the Republican leadership is going to insist that sixty votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town, then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership. We were sent here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions. So let’s show the American people that we can do it together.”
Remember this – I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I can do it alone. Democracy in a nation of three hundred million people can be noisy and messy and complicated. And when you try to do big things and make big changes, it stirs passions and controversy. That’s just how it is.
Those of us in public office can respond to this reality by playing it safe and avoid telling hard truths. We can do what’s necessary to keep our poll numbers high, and get through the next election instead of doing what’s best for the next generation.
But I also know this: if people had made that decision fifty years ago or one hundred years ago or two hundred years ago, we wouldn’t be here tonight. The only reason we are is because generations of Americans were unafraid to do what was hard