The Profound and Obama’s SOTU

by Vince

D. True has a point:

Talk of the profound was largely absent from the State of the Union, which is interesting in that such talk saturated Obama’s earlier speech in Tucson.

The difference, of course, was that the Tucson speech was the high point in a memorial service, while the State of the Union had to do with policy initiatives.

This speaks to a division in our politics, a separation of policy from the profound. President Obama sounded like a technocratic Ronald Reagan – optimistic that we can out-compete emerging nations.

Such an approach may be safe or smart, but it will not inspire. Indeed, if politics is to be genuinely democratic – rather than consumerist or corporate – then policy debates must be related to the forces shaping our life and times.

True hits the nail on the head for me. I have been trying for a while to verbalize my distaste for the “technocrat race” between America and basically every other nation in the world. I am all for keeping out education on par and not letting it fall into an abyss. However, much of what Obama did hit on was focused on innovation, rail, hybrid cars, and a general mixture of rebuilding and remaking America. I guess he could have added in some of the Profound mentioned in his prayer breakfast speech, too?

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