Do We Really Need The State of The Union Address?

Ramon Arias | January 19, 2015 

Are we in need of a State of The Union Address?  The short answer to that question is, no!

In Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution it states that the president “shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

Did we read that correctly, “from time to time”? Yes, we did, and you may double-check that if you wish. However, no president is going to waste such an opportunity to push his political ideology even if he has been violating the Constitution, that he swore to uphold when taking office. For the most part, the occasion for the State of the Union has become a show of power. It is also a clear disdain and mockery of the American people; this is not to say they are without guilt for allowing it to happen. 

The Imperial Presidency has become more powerful than it was intended to be. The Supreme Court has also become an out-of-control power.  They legislate and give interpretations to the Constitution as they please. They’re only supposed to be the guardians and loyal interpreters of the original intent. The one branch of government that should be the most powerful is Congress, which represents the people. But, as we have witnessed for over 100 years, they have become a rubber stamp for the executive.  They are too fearful to control the executive and judicial branches and to keep them from committing such unlawful actions.  

In the State of the Union message truth is too hard to be found.  Lies are what prevail because they work, but for how long? They will prevail until people stand up for the truth and become responsible for what takes place at the local, county, state and federal levels. At least that is what the opening paragraph of the Constitution establishes:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

We the people are the ones responsible to secure the blessings of liberty for future generations and ourselves. That is the long and short of it!

You already know how the state of the union is, unless you live in a foreign land and could care less about what takes place here in America day by day. To everyone of you, who think that Obama is to blame for everything that is going wrong and how bleak the future looks after he leaves the White House, think again because he is a great admirer of Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

That’s right! FDR is known for his great smile and his speeches quoting many passages from the Bible, on many different occasions. During World War II, he constantly called upon the people of this nation to pray for God’s divine intervention. Except that FDR’s vision for the nation and the world did not include the biblical worldview. That was a problem before he came into office and after he left the presidency. History proved him wrong, like many other presidents before him and after him.

If you listen to the State of the Union Address or read about it, keep in mind this poem titled ‘Rejected’ written in the 1930s. Gary DeMar published it in one of his articles “It Didn’t Start With Obama: FDR ‘Rejected’ at the Gates of Hell” for the complete background to this poem go here:


FDR at the Gates of Hell 
A stranger stood at the Gates of hell
And the Devil himself answered the bell.
He looked him over from head to toe
And said: My friend, I’d like to know
What you have done in the line of sin
To entitle you to come within?
Then Franklin D, with his usual guile
Stepped forth with his toothy smile and said:
“When I took charge in ’33
A nations faith was mine,” said he.
“I promised them this and I promised them that
And I calmed them down with a fireside chat.
I spent their money in fishing trips
And fished from the decks of their battleships.
I gave them jobs in the WPA
Then raised their taxes and took it away.
I raised their wages and closed their shops
I killed their pigs and buried their crops
I double-crossed both old and young
And still the folks my praises sung.
I brought back beer, and what do you think?
I taxed it so high they couldn’t drink.
I furnished ’em money with Government loans
When they missed a payment I took their homes.
When I wanted to punish the folks, you know
I’d put my wife on the radio.
I paid them to let their farms lie still
And imported foodstuffs from Brazil.
I curtailed crops when I felt real mean
And shipped in crops from the Argentine.
When they started to worry, stew and fret
I got them to chant the alphabet
With the AAA and the NLB
The WPA and the CCC.
With these many units I got their goats
And still I crammed it down their throats.
My workers worked with the speed of snails,
While the taxpayers chewed their fingernails.
When the organization needed dough
I closed their plants with the CIO.
I ruined jobs, I ruined health
And I put the screws on the rich man’s wealth.
And some who couldn’t stand the gaff
Would call on me and how I’d laugh.
When they got too strong on certain things
I’d pack and head for “Ole Warm Springs.”
I ruined their country, their homes and then
I placed the blame on “Nine Old Men.”
Now Franklin talked both long and loud
And the devil stood and his head he bowed.
At last he said: “Let’s make it clear
You’ll have to move, you can’t stay here
For once you mingle with this mob,
I’ll have to find myself a job.”

Has anything changed?  How long will it take for God’s people to open their minds and hearts and obey His moral absolutes? Should we despair and just throw our hands up in the air? That is not for me. I know who controls history and the future. I also know what He expects of me. What we need is to be totally committed to the One who is our Savior and Lord. 

Let us never for one instant forget who rules Supreme.

“He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision…. Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him” Psalm 2:4, 10-12