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2012 State of disUnion Address: Broken

Updated on January 29, 2012

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.”

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Given your conclusion, where does that leave us a nation going forward? Are we destined to repeat the past?

      Will a Republican sweep dictate a template offered by the Deep Red States?

      Does Status quo divided Gov't. mean 4 more years of manufactored problems instead of solutions to the very real problems we have?

      Does a Democratic sweep mean the unthinkable?

      Thanks for your comments Cred 2.

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      Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Lets face it, we will no longer have the kinds of leader that was Abraham Lincoln. His speech for his second inaugural, March 1865 was the most memorable. I would say that we have not had as much disunion since the civil war and that is sad testimony to us all.

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Capebretonflynn,

      Thanks for checking in and for your comments. Lucky guess with Lincoln.

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      Leanne Flynn 5 years ago from Owen Sound, Ontario

      Actually, Obama did invoke the words of Lincoln.

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Agreed; Merely a suggestion, but not without merit.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      I think it would be like the War of the Worlds panic Orsen Wells caused.

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for checking in Bay Ridge Robwrite.

      I have a thought, do you suppose it's extremely possible, if they did so, it would incite Panic at the Disco? Just a thought...

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      It's been a long time since I heard a state of the Union Address which actually described the state of the union. Mostly, the speech is the Pres giving a bias, exaggerated account his accomplishments, followed by a bunch of promises about the miracles he's going to accomplish next. I never hear a real description of the state of the country.

      Rob

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Word Pools,

      Thanks for the read and comment.

      It would be nice if I had a Jet Pack as promised as well, Neither is gonna happen...and so it goes!

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      Word Pools 5 years ago from United States of America

      It certainly would be nice if the politicians started working together instead of deeply dividing the nation.

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for the read and comment Man/pants

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      TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Perfect. No long comment this time. Perfect hub written at the perfect time. Good work my friend!

      Jim