Should We Scrap the State of the Union Address?
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James Joyner references an article by NPR’s Linton Weeks arguing that we should scrap the State of the Union address. Joyner agrees, writing: We’re in the midst of an election campaign to decide whether Barack Obama gets to keep his office another four years and yet, for 90 minutes or so, we’re supposed to pretend that he’s our king. The entirety of both Houses of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs, and the Cabinet–minus, of course, some token unelected apparatchik kept in a safe location somewhere to reconstitute the government in the event a Japanese airliner rams the Capitol– is supposed to clap like...Read more