2012 State of disUnion Address: Broken
Article II : The Executive Branch - Section 3: State of the Union, Convening Congress
He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient;…
In case you were wondering, the State of the Union address will proceed as scheduled on January 24th, 2012. As tradition would have it, the Speaker of the House invites the President to a Joint Session of Congress, to address the State of the Nation going forward.
If you recall, last years event was premised by members of opposing parties sitting together, in what proved to be an empty gesture of putting partisan party politics behind the nation’s priorities.
If you go further back, there was a point in time, when a concession speech included the words “we fought the good fight, but now it is time to put the needs of America above all other concerns…”
Going even further back, traditionally, the Address was typically given toward the end of the year, until FDR broke such tradition in 1934. So technically speaking, 1933 did not have a State of the Union Address; there were two in 1953 and 1961…and of course, there was this one…
State of the Union Address: Abraham Lincoln (December 3, 1861)
”In the midst of unprecedented political troubles we have cause of great gratitude to God for unusual good health and most abundant harvests…A disloyal portion of the American people have during the whole year been engaged in an attempt to divide and destroy the Union. A nation which endures factious domestic division is exposed to disrespect abroad, and one party, if not both, is sure sooner or later to invoke foreign intervention.”
I don’t expect President Obama to invoke the words of Lincoln. Surely, a war of political stagnancy is preferable to bloodshed amongst brothers. Still, I can’t help but think, with the nation essentially torn asunder with divisiveness;
While passing the White house Lincoln Bedroom, how the infamous words do not resonate from within. Lincoln’s “House Divided Speech;” given in June of 1858, in of all places, Springfield, Illinois, he proclaimed; “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”