Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dissecting the State of the Union Speech

It would be helpful to always keep in mind that there is an opposite side to everything. Keep this verse in mind, "The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him." (Proverbs 18:17). As I've been studying the history of government initiatives to better American society I've noticed a common feature that runs through a lot of them: They have the right intention, right facts, but the wrong solutions (and sometimes they don't have the first two). Check out what many independents and moderates have to say about last night's State of the Union Address. I've put together a few videos and one article from a contrarian's perspective. By the way, the Ben Shapiro article is very helpful to understand what Obama (or at least what Shapiro perceives) is saying when he uses familiar rhetorical devices.

[1] Cato Institute Scholars Dissect the State of the Union Speech (9 Mins)

[2] Schiff Dissects the State of the Union Address (15 Mins)

[3] Obama's Philosophically Fascist State of the Union Address - By Ben Shapiro

Here are some bonus videos from 2010 and 2009. They also focus on breaking down the words and speeches of President Obama. The speakers or writers consists of Republicans, Libertarians, and Conservatives.

Bonus Video: Cato Scholars Dissect June 09 Health Care Speech

Bonus Video: The Lunacy of Government

Bonus Article: President Obama's Lexicon of Rhetorical Devices

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