N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

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Is the State of the Union Address Important?

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Neighbor friends of mine have said, “I’m not watching it!”   Other elected officials from various states have decided to “boycott” the State of the Union address also…even if they have not asked those who elected them whether it was a good idea and did they approve?  Some Congress members have already decided that they will not stand or applaud even when what is being said is for the good of all Americans…simply because they are determined to be oppositional. That may be why many Americans see the Congress as a “do nothing” organization.

We ask at Boyer Writes the question: Is the State of the Union Message of any importance to Americans…the rich, the poor, the small business person and economists, the elderly, those who receive government aid, environmentalists,  our military, the immigrants…legal and illegal, who may be hoping to be citizens of the USA and all others who would put themselves in any category? 

We will address first the meaning of the State of the Union and its history…in case some should not know:

It is a Constitutional Duty.

“Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution provides that the President “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.”

  • The Address is to be informative to the Congress and to every citizen of the United States…whether listening or not.   (Any elected official who does not show up to hear probably should be close to a T.V….just to be “informed”.)
  •  It is a part of our established history.  The President of the US has been giving this message in person to the Congress and the American people for 105 years since 1913 by President Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President.  With the advent of TV and the internet, it has been easier to reach the average person.  (Some may even ask why the average person should not be able to hear or know the direction of our country…just as the elected officials are informed?)

The Early history:  George Washington delivered the first annual address to Congress in 1790.  Thomas Jefferson discontinued the practice because he felt it was too monarchical, as similar to the “Speech from the Throne”.  He wrote it out and sent it to be read by a clerk.

There was controversy in 1913 when President Woodrow Wilson planned to reestablish the speech.  (Oh my, “controversy” also has a long history!)    There have been only a few exceptions by the U.S. Presidents of delivering the address in person to the Congress and to the American people, with the last being President Jimmy Carter in 1981.

  • Important enough to designate a SURVIVOR:   Whenever Congress meets together to hear the President speak, there is a designated survivor appointed. What does this mean?

“Since the ’80s, a designated survivor has been selected for the State of the Union. This is a member of the president’s cabinet who does not attend the event, in case a disaster or attack kills the president and everyone in the line of succession. The first designated survivor was Reagan’s Housing and Urban Development secretary, Samuel Pierce. The two cabinet positions most often selected to serve as designated survivor are the secretary of the Agriculture Department and the secretary of the Interior Department; both positions have been selected six times each. The only person to serve in the role more than once was George W. Bush’s Commerce secretary, Donald Evans.”   (taken from PBS News)

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Does history or tradition mean anything to the American people today?   Is it too old-fashioned to spend an hour before our TV sets or online to hear what the President has to say?

Do the personal opinions about the particular person elected to the office of President cloud a more important aspect of being American?   We must all remember that we are in it together for at least the 4 years the President will serve.  Decisions made by Congress will effect us all…and might be why they should be listening rather than protesting at this point.

Free speech (and opinion) is part of our right guaranteed in the Constitution.  The President is following the requirements of the Constitution to make this address.  That is why it is my opinion that we lay aside, for one hour, to check out what we may be up against for years to come…for good or bad.  Those who say, “I hate him and everything he stands for”… should remember that the State of the Union message is important for this reason. It is not a State of the Union on a Personality, but on our country and the future of our country.   If we don’t like the things said or the things proposed to follow in the next year or the next three years, try our other right…your VOTING RIGHT!   At least you will be able to say you’re informed.

Yes, We still have elections and the leadership choices are still made at the ballot box and not at the end of a gun as they are in some nations.  Thank God!    Therefore, in Honor of the office of the Presidency...whether you approve of the sitting President or not…here is HAIL TO THE CHIEF performed by the United States Army Band  “Pershing’s Own”.

 

Some information is taken from Wikipedia.    For more information on the State of the Union 


Free Speech on one side… Path to Radicalization

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Is anyone surprised that the University of Chicago students would mass to express their right to free speech, while denying it to those who may have opposing views?   This is what happened at a political rally this past evening in Chicago.  One by-stander said, “I came to just hear what the candidate was saying. I’ve not made up my mind on how I will vote.”  He never had the chance to hear and make up his mind because the Chicago police advised that the thousands protesting outside might get dangerous.  The rally was called off. Free speech was stopped.

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It may not surprise anyone either that one particular man who has been a professor at the University of Chicago and a guest speaker at many universities throughout the country has been himself a radical activist since the 1960’s. His name is William Charles Ayers (Bill).  He was part of the Weather Underground Organization (WUO), which was organized on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan in 1969 as an American radical left-wing organization. Mr. Ayers was arrested three times in Chicago during political rallies of the ’60s.

 

The plan of the WCO  was to create a clandestine revolutionary party for the overthrow of the U.S. government. Their first public demonstration was in 1969 with a riot in Chicago timed to coincide with the trial of the Chicago Seven. This was a group that issued a declaration of war against the U.S. under the name of Weather Underground Organization.  There were bombings to private property connected to the group and in 2001, Mr. Ayers told the New York Times that he was sorry he did not do more. More recently, when asked about any regrets to his involvement in the WUO, he tried to defend his position by not calling it acts of terrorism. Yet, he remains an author for text books used in many of our Universities.

 

The Weather Underground went on to take responsibility for placing several small bombs in empty offices… We did carry out symbolic acts of extreme vandalism directed at monuments to war and racism, and the attacks on property, never on people, were meant to respect human life and convey outrage and determination to end the Vietnam war. Peaceful protests had failed to stop the war. So we issued a screaming response. But it was not terrorism; we were not engaged in a campaign to kill and injure people indiscriminately, spreading fear and suffering for political ends.”   Bill Ayers

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Most people today, especially the young, probably are not aware of the violent and destructive methods of his organization.  Nevertheless, his beliefs in  Marxist ideas spill over in his talks to faculty and students under the name of “Reforming Education”. Most of our high schools have never taught any of these students what Marxism really is nor  the results of anarchy  in history.  Yes, Chicago and Mr. Ayers are quite familiar with disturbance and public abuse of the rights of all people to free speech on any side of the issue.

When a reporter tried to talk  with the protesters in Chicago, some said they did not want to tell the press why they were protesting or share any valid reasons.  They were just simply  there in mass at the encouragement of someone somewhere.   Then the rally was cancelled and the thousands who wished to be part of it left.  The demonstrators knew one thing and declared it, “We won!”    Some were following Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed socialist and it might be interesting to know what their response would be if he had to cancel his rally because many were denying his followers their free speech.  Students were also asked during other discussions why they were following Senator Sanders.  “I like him because he believes in  social media”. Somehow “social media” and “socialist” don’t connect in meaning.  This,however, is probably the extent of their understanding of the word “socialist“.

The disturbance in Chicago  would  certainly be part of Bill Ayers’ play book and back ground.  He has been an expert on this for years…disrupt…and control.

Bill_Ayres_and_Bernadine_Dohrn wife speak at FSU 2009In 2009, Florida State University had Mr. Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn,  as a guest speakers.    There have been many other universities that have welcomed him with open arms to bring his ideology to the impressionable minds of  young people.  He has taken on the respectable position of a professor of education, guest speaker, author and modern-day activist. Often universities wash their hands of responsibility to students by saying varied guest speakers, like Mr. Ayers, are not endorsed by the University. They make certain that the money paid to these people is other than college funds.  Yet, by giving a nod to radical free speech, the University disallows an opposing opinion  because of concern for disturbance which the radicals will likely promote.  The fairness of a truly open education is  then abandoned and our young people as well as our nation suffer.

Mr. Ayers is a soft spoken, smooth talking person, who could win over most anyone who does not know history or the results a nation faces when there is a movement for disruption and abolishing of  opposing free speech.   This is the first step in radicalizing the young and uninformed, especially when someone can speak or write in a convincing manner. I’m certain Mr. Ayers, and those like him, believe they are doing our youth a favor, as well as our country.

If the young people of today actually learn to stand for democratic ways and cherish them as their heritage, we may have hope in the next generation…unless they are led by anarchists  down a path of  violence, disruption and lack of respect for the opposing view.  If so, look out candidates for Presidency in  both Democrat and Republican parties in November!   It may get very ugly. Even your first amendment rights may be in peril.

Before ending this blog, I would like to pay respect to those university young adults who do recognize the dangers  in denying  individual rights.   In 2013, a student group from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin interviewed students on campus to see what they were aware of in their educational experience.  Who was teaching and  leading them?  Who was writing books that certain courses made required reading?   When they learned about Mr. Ayers, their reaction was one of surprise. They had trusted their  professors and their institute of higher  learning to give them the best in their educational experience.    Our  young people deserve more so that they will not be led blindly. Free speech is wonderful thing in a democracy, but it must be free for all opposing sides.