The State of the Union


I noticed something missing from the State of the Union Address even though the concept has been around and accepted for thousands of years. As the president crowned himself king and declared unilateral action and the republicans continued to sit on their hands the totality of the divided assembly reminded me mostly of a street gang where loyalty to the colors was paramount and right or wrong was meaningless. If only one person had applauded at the wrong time it would have filled me with hope. Instead I saw two groups of petulant teenagers caring not for logic or reason but only their own self-serving agenda.
The concept is simple; The New Testament tells us that, “A house divided cannot stand.” Aesop notes in, “The Four Oxen and the Lion,” that together the oxen can protect themselves from the lion. alone they will fall one by one. Patrick Henry used the words in his last public speech when he said, “Let us trust God and our better judgment to set us right hereafter. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.” Later Kentucky made the phrase their state motto. Even Pink Floyd in, ‘ Hey You,” and Def Leppard in “When Love and Hate Collide,” noted the value of unity. Recognized in comic books and cartoons with the Power Rangers in Megaforce and The Ulitmates for Marvel Comics the value of standing united has been confirmed through the ages. Even the make believe wizard world of Harry Potter weighs in with, “We are only as strong as we are together, as weak as we are divided.”
Heavy metal bands, fantasies, comic books and our founding fathers got it right and yet our elected officials with all the lessons of history before them seemingly cannot or will not get it right.

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About safrisri

I have been a teacher since 1971 and have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. My writings will reflect on my past mistakes and successes and what my students have taught me about education.
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One Response to The State of the Union

  1. thelastgasp1 says:

    Perhaps “divide and conquer” is the political agenda!!!

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