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Socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant Responds to Obama’s State of the Union Address

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Socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant responses to Obama’s State of the Union address tonight.

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President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address + Transcript (1.28.14) + Ralph Nader’s State of The Union

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State of the Unequal Union

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January 28, 2014

Obama’s prime-time speech may sound good, but actions speak louder than words.

IF YOU’RE a regular reader of SocialistWorker.org, you’ve seen the statistics before about the growing divide between the super-rich and the rest of us. But on Tuesday, you’ll hear them from an unusual source: President Barack Obama, during his State of the Union speech.

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President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address + transcript (2.12.13) + Jill Stein’s SOTU Green Party’s Response

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Updated: Feb. 15, 2013; added Jill Stein’s SOTU Green Party’s Response to the end of this post.

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Feb 12, 2013

President Obama Delivers the 2013 State of the Union Address.

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Shedding Light on the Shadow Banking System by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
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January 25, 2012

The Wall Street Journal reported on January 19th that the Obama Administration was pushing heavily to get the 50 state attorneys general to agree to a settlement with five major banks in the “robo-signing” scandal. The scandal involves employees signing names not their own, under titles they did not really have, attesting to the veracity of documents they had not really reviewed. Investigation reveals that it did not just happen occasionally but was an industry-wide practice, dating back to the late 1990s; and that it may have clouded the titles of millions of homes. If the settlement is agreed to, it will let Wall Street bankers off the hook for crimes that would land the rest of us in jail – fraud, forgery, securities violations and tax evasion.

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Ralph Nader: Obama is committed to projecting the American empire

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on Jan 25, 2012

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democracynow.org – Responding to President Obama’s State of the Union address, longtime consumer advocate and former Presidential candidate Ralph Nader says Obama’s criticism of income inequality and Wall Street excess fail to live up to his record in office. “[Obama] says one thing and does another,” Nader says. “Where has he been for over three years? There are existing laws that can prosecute and convict Wall Street crooks. He hasn’t sent more than one or two to jail.” Continue reading

Obama’s “State of Delusion Address”: Rebuilding America With War Crimes by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
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25 January 2012

President Obama: Stop the Wars!

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From beginning to end, Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech was replete with delusion and falsifications. His promise of building an “America that lasts” was predicated on a sentimental, but utterly disingenuous notion of selfless teamwork. The invocation of American military “heroes” and their “achievements” during nine years of waging war on Iraq as an exemplar of how to salvage his nation from economic and social catastrophe was both sickening and laughable.

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President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address + transcript (1.24.12)

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on Jan 24, 2012

President Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.

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Egyptians Ready, Americans Unready by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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February 3, 2011

As I am glued to cable stations showing the street battles in Egypt all I keep thinking about is how Egyptians have mustered the courage to fight their government’s tyranny while Americans remain unready to revolt against the peculiar American brand of tyranny.

Of course, the dictatorship in Egypt is far different than what the vast majority of Americans face.  Despite liberty and freedom, our tyranny exists within an electoral, constitutional republic.  But with a two-party plutocracy thoroughly corrupted by corporate and wealthy interests most Americans are victims of a dysfunctional, inefficient and unfair democracy.  How ironic that in the nation with monumental gun ownership among its citizens there is no hint of people giving up on meaningless elections and taking to the streets in massive numbers to protest their corrupt government.

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State of the Union: Unnamable Politics and Useful Idiots by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
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http://politicalaffairs.net January 28, 2011
February 2, 2011

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“For decades, Egypt’s authoritarian president, Hosni Mubarak, played a clever game with his political opponents. He tolerated a tiny and toothless opposition of liberal intellectuals whose vain electoral campaigns created the façade of a democratic process.” — David D. Kirkpatrick and Michael Slackman, “Youths Upend Cairo’s Taming of Opposition,” NYTimes January 27, 2011

“The pragmatist will compromise when he has to, as Obama did with tax cuts, angering liberal Democrats but helping him with the much bigger slice of the electorate who call themselves independents.” — Timothy Egan, “The Six-Year Blueprint,”  NYTimes January 26, 2011

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The Democratic Party’s “Far Left” Used to be Considered Just Common Sense by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
January 29, 2011

Political commentators ranging from those of the Propaganda Channel (otherwise known as the Fox”News”Channel) to Chris Matthews are enamored of referring to the “Far Left” of the Democratic Party. It is also known among that ilk as the “Pelosi Wing” of the Party (although one wonders what the wealthy lady from San Francisco ever actually did other than shepherd the Health Insurance Industry Subsidy Act of 2010 through the House of Representatives, strongly support repeal of DADT, and bring to the floor much mainstream Democratic legislation that was never even taken up by the GOP-controlled Senate).

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A Socialist Response to the State of the Union by Billy Wharton

by Billy Wharton
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January 25, 2011

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Obama Out of Touch with the American People

Tonight’s State of the Union speech revealed just how far out of touch President Barack Obama is from the reality of working people in America. What a distance from the White House to the unemployment line. From the Rose Garden to the food pantry.

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Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address + transcript (1.25.11)

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President Obama speaks about moving forward to create jobs, out-compete in the global economy by investing in innovation and education, and win the future for our children and our country. This enhanced version features charts, graphs and other visual aids that accompany the President’s speech. January 25, 2010.

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Obama’s SOTU: Now “We are all Republicans” By Robert S. Becker

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By Robert S. Becker
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February 1, 2010

State of the Unions are pompous pageants, and few change history.  Consider them presidential victory laps, voiced to justify federalism, that last bulwark of civilization against armed evil-doers or economic dyspepsia – even against long deferred civil rights protection.  Thus, the shotgun of clichés, jingoism, and simplifications designed for applause, not depictions of an empire in decline.

But plumbed, we can squeeze this much significance, as the speech tips off Obama’s direction for the year.  Already majoring in centrism, the president now relabels his “devout non-ideologue” button to read: “devout non-partylogue.”  Here’s the brave new answer to the ever-constricting Party of No – our first, post-partisan President of No Single Party.

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