Second, any defense of the Affordable Care Act from this President will leave the HHS contraception/abortifacient/sterilization mandate in place. This violation of the First Amendment and attack on Catholic social justice and moral teachings is reason enough to disregard the SOTU speech.
Third, expanding social welfare benefits is a time-honored tradition of Democrats and some Republicans. And the Church's leaders have often spoken well of expanded government power to help the poor. Rather than help people move up the economic ladder while improving their other contributions to society, however, many of America's federal social welfare programs accomplish the opposite: they weaken the family by incentivizing the use of contraception, out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and abortion. They also pit citizens against each other as they fight for what is theirs from the government, rather than working to expand the economic pie for all.
Fourth, the gap between the rich and poor is not an issue in and of itself – the problem is why the gap exists. Right now, the wealthy and connected receive tax loopholes and tens of billions of dollars in subsidies and other corporate welfare. These market-distorting policies are worsened by things like the minimum wage, which hurts teenagers and other low-skilled workers, and benefits big businesses at the expense of smaller competitors.
An effective SOTU speech would promote policies that cut spending. It would include tax reform that eliminates loopholes and lower rates. And it would promote a culture of life instead of one where the federal government promotes abortion, same-sex “marriage,” and invasions of other countries for the sake of political benefactors.
In 2014, the SOTU will continue a tradition that makes America look like a monarchy instead of a constitutional republic. This tradition will be done in a boring, scripted fashion, and will not benefit the American people one whit. And so nearly the entire nation will ignore its existence, as we should.
Dustin Siggins is the Washington, D.C. Correspondent for Life Site News and formerly the primary blogger with Tea Party Patriots. He is a co-author of the forthcoming book, Bankrupt Legacy: The Future of the Debt-Paying Generation. His work has been published by numerous online and print publications, including USA TODAY, Roll Call, HotAir.com, Huffington Post, Crisis Magazine, and First Things.