Nice guys, and presidents, always finish last

State Hornet Staff

While President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on Jan. 28 may have been his most captivating one yet, my eyes and attention were fixated on House Speaker John Boehner.

You’ve got to hand it to Boehner because he really stepped up his frenemies game. His overall distaste with the entire evening was especially prevalent when Obama mentioned sick children or the plight of working class, which he met with the limpest of applauses.

I’m willing to give Boehner the benefit of the doubt. For all I know, Boehner could have just drank an entire pot of Sleepytime Tea or maybe he was watching a screening of “Star Wars Episode I:The Phantom Menace”, slightly off camera.

It is probably more likely that Boehner was simply up to his usual villainy. And it is high time Obama follow suit and join the dark side himself.

The idea sounds a tad hard to swallow, but when you look through the annals of American history, you will find that the most effective presidents were the ones who were thought to be corrupt autocrats at the time.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was constantly at odds with the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the New Deal was constitutional.

It may have been a drastic piece of federal overreaching, but it did help America through the Great Depression and helps cement the middle class to this day.

The Civil War was fought because states in the south wanted to preserve their states’ rights being impeded on by a federal government led by President Abraham Lincoln.

“Death to tyrants” were the words assassin John Wilkes Booth said as he killed the president who helped abolish the institution of slavery in America.

It is not too much of a stretch. Obama has already flirted with villainy.

He is doubling down on using the NSA to collect tons of private information on citizens to prevent security threats to the U.S. and is ignoring the 4th Amendment to the Bill of Rights to fight enemies who, more often than not, use box cutters in lieu of tanks is overreaching.

Still, the State of the Union laid out some rather positive, albeit, lofty goals. Obama even made a veiled threat to use the full force of the executive branch to move forward.

“Wherever and whenever I can take steps to expand opportunities for more working families, that’s what I am going to do,” Obama said.

When you are up against a congress willing to shut down government when they do not get everything they want, taking drastic measures to help America move forward is not something any reasonable person is going to shake a finger at.

It could not hurt to give it a try. Congress has never been more unpopular. A CNN poll from [December] 2013 found not only are 28 percent of Americans unsatisfied with congress, but that it is the worst congress in their lifetimes.

After six years in office, Obama still has not lost his rosy optimism for how government works. There are very few gray areas when it comes to governance and almost every massive issue facing the country today has a clear solution.

Even more obvious, is the direction that will only make all of our problems worse and that is doing nothing at all.  

Just like Harvey Dent said to Bruce Wayne in “The Dark Knight,” “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Obama should embrace that prophecy and start flirting with the dark side: America’s future could be at stake and I Oughta Know.