I didn't watch the State of the Union Address Tuesday night. I did record it but delayed viewing.
On Wednesday morning social media was covered with comments and opinions as to how the speech went, how substantial was the content, and how the opposing sides reacted to the speech and each other.
A main issue being bantered was "unity."
Regardless of what was spoken in the oratory, by either side, the country is not unified. The two party system has become a "what's in it for me?" position by most of our elected officials. For example, the recent shutdown should have, and could have, been resolved well before the situation became imminent. The column at right shows a minor explanation of the national debt.
When it did come to happen, the solution should have been a simple "how can we prevent shutdown?," or, "how can we quit spending more than we bring in?" Instead, Congress made it a bargaining tool to gain benefit for personal/party agendas on both sides. Yep, that's both sides!
The solution was to do a stopgap plan good for only days/weeks and go back to the bargaining table. Neither side wants to give up funding for any program their party, home electoral base or corporate backer will not benefit from.
NOT A SOLUTION!
It's simple, we have the fox guarding the henhouse. Congress will not enact any legislation to police or govern themselves.
They are their own "special interest group." They enact healthcare for everyone except themselves. They vote on their own funding procedures, their own retirement plans, how they do their own business within the government and sometimes, they legislate for the people.
Until the voting populace puts aside special interests, and takes candidates to the ballot box for the good of evryone, unity will still be a rarity.