The Left Canceled The State Of The Union Long Ago

For once, I’m with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — and President Donald Trump, now that he has acceded to her request to postpone the State of the Union.


But I’ll go them one better: Let’s cancel it altogether.

Because the “Union” it references has been ingloriously, inalterably and irrevocably canceled by the government closure for which President Trump pre-accepted blame, but for which Shutdown Nancy, her caucus, her left-wing cohort — and especially her scorched-earth rhetoric — are the true cause.

You see, the shutdown — and the Speaker’s resulting suggestion to forgo the speech — are the inevitable and seemingly inescapable crackup in a long-standing clash of world views.

State of the Union: An Unbridgeable Gap

You’ll recall the Preamble to the Constitution that contains the first reference to this Union:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

“A more perfect Union?” We can’t even fund the government created to form it. Why? The fundamental philosophical fissure running deep through our Union — and our society, institutions, culture and leadership — is finally proving unbridgeable.

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That yawning gap stems further back, to irreconcilable views on the Founders’ most basic statement of government’s purpose: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men … are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed … .”

The left pays lip service to securing these natural, unalienable rights — but their real modus operandi is to spend days, nights, weekends and holidays manufacturing more “rights” to secure.

The right to a free education. To health care. To free housing. To higher minimum wages or even a government-guaranteed basic income.

And most immediately, the “right” to enter the country illegally, receive free health care, get a driver’s license, find a job under the table and eventually, gain citizenship.

State Of The Union: Government Dependency

The purpose of this proliferation of “rights” is not a more perfect Union, Justice nor domestic Tranquility — and certainly not the common defence or general Welfare.

The left doesn’t really care about any of that.

It’s about power.

These new “rights” mean new government constituencies until, ultimately, the entire population is dependent on government, the gatekeeper to health care, education, sustenance and livelihood.

But the steady flow of manufactured “rights” also destabilizes, downsizes and displaces competing power centers for government. The family. The middle class. The church and people of faith. Businesses. Local school systems and university administrations. Communities. Law enforcement.

Displacing these institutions generates chaos, disorder, hardship and scarcity. All of which provide even more reason for government to step in.

And those seeking to protect those institutions against the flood of new rights cannot just be mistaken or guilty of misplaced priorities. They must be evil.

Family values advocates are intolerant. Men oppress women. Businesses and the wealthy are greedy and corrupt. The working class is “voting against its own interests.” Discriminatory schools are protecting a “rape culture.” Communities and law enforcement are killing blacks and persecuting minorities.

All of this is context for the be-all, end-all collision of values behind the shutdown: building a border wall, the very symbol of bringing order to the chaos. Closing a porous border, and thereby stemming the flow of new rights for illegal immigrants, is all about Justice (the rule of law), domestic Tranquility, the common defence and the general Welfare.

It’s the greatest threat to progressive power-mongering ever conceived.

State of the Union: A Deep Rift

Accordingly, Speaker Pelosi brought out the biggest, baddest talking point of all to dismiss any possibility of $5.7 billion of wall funding (two days’ worth of Social Security outlays): It’s “immoral.”

“Immoral” can’t be smoothed over or met in the middle.

“Immoral” must be opposed. Fought. And rejected. Whatever the cost.

The shutdown will end. But it has finally exposed the left, the Democrats and Pelosi for who they are. They will betray any constituency (including their most loyal one, government union workers), bend any principle, blur any truth and burn any bridge to secure their hold on power.

That’s why there’s no longer any “Union” to “State.” In the Leftworld that supplants it, there is only male vs. female, white vs. black and brown, straight vs. LBGTQ, state and local vs. federal, business vs. everyone, and citizen vs. immigrant.

I honestly don’t know where we go from here. But I do know there’s no point in a public spectacle that will only serve to highlight the incompatible Weltanschaungen that have shredded the last vestiges of our Union.

Maistros is a messaging and communications strategist, crisis specialist and former political speechwriter. He can be reached at


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