SOTU Address Yawn


President Barack Obama is continuing to deliver his annual and last State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress. I am doing my best to pay attention, to keep from yawning and dozing off to sleep.

Not one single word about the 10 sailors captured by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Not one single word about releasing $150 billion to the rogue regime as reward for signing a nuclear treaty though still breaking the rules.

The President just concluded his speech saying our union is strong.

CNN is praising the speech.

Did Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper listen to the same speech I did?

There was a good rebuttal of much of what Republican wannabes who want to take over the Oval Office are saying on the campaign trail. Some of which I agreed that the GOP candidates are painting a much direr picture than the reality.

The President did mount a bit of defense for the Affordable Care Act and how it is succeeding which was expected.

Much of what the President said was nothing new, but a reiteration of some of what he would like to get done before he must pack his bags.

Other than giving Vice President Joe Biden a new assignment to find a cure for cancer, there was little if anything to actually inspire.

The applause was much more limited than in times past. There were no prolonged ovations disrupting the flow.

From the Cornfield, good thing expectations were low for viewers this evening. Those that missed the speech, missed nothing.

If the American sailors are not released by morning, how outraged with the American people be?

Benghazi – No New Answers, No Objectivity

From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield
From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield

Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is at this moment continuing to answer questions from the House Select Committee investigating the deadly September 11, 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

After listening all day to nearly 10 hours of testimony, so far, what has been revealed are no new answers and no objectivity.

The biggest issue at this point in time I see is the road block set up by the lack of objective questioning and unobjective defense from both Republicans and Democrats.

Everyone has stated that what is being sought is the truth. Yet, from what I have witnessed today, truth continues to be elusive in large part due to the defensive and offensive positions drawn by members from both sides of the aisle.

Chairman Trey Gowdy, a Republican, has stated that truth is paramount and there is no aim of bringing Clinton down in a partisan witch hunt.

Ranking member Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings has stated that he wants the truth and nothing but the truth.

Subsequently today, both have seemed to be closed-minded and not interested in the truth. Their rank-and-file members have followed their lead.

Republicans have come across as out-to-get Clinton, even though the GOP members have raised some interesting and some needed questions.

Democrats have mostly come across as being too quick to buy in to the “gotcha meme” about Republicans and too quick to throw up walls of protection for Clinton, while downplaying the need to find the answers to necessary questions.

But not all partisans are being so partisan.

For example, Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has raised and solicited some good inquiries. Clinton, however, has not been so open in answering the questions from her fellow Democrat.

Before this evening is over will we really know anything we didn’t know before?

It is doubtful.

From the Cornfield, yes, there are lingering questions.

Yes, there continues to be a lack of transparency – not just from Clinton, but the Administration of President Barack Obama.

But –

Republicans have latched on like a snapping turtle waiting for a thunder clap with their eyes shut.

There will be no answers.

There will be no truth.

There will be no solace for the victims’ families and loved ones.

Until our politicians put aside the partisan rancor and put on the glasses of objectivity, we may have to wait for history to provide the answers we need.