George Will has called for the amendment of the Constitution to eliminate the words that say the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union.”
Will calls the address now undignified, unnecessary, unedifying, a circus, and vulgar - in his first paragraph.
On the evening of the event he appeared to be passing a kidney stone. The spectacle has worsened.
President Reagan first employed the human prop; I fear that soon there will be an entire orchestra pit for the purpose. It is terribly awkward for military and Supreme Court attendees.
“Information”? This is information such as may be found on the [Democratic/Republican] National Committee website.
The responses (three and counting) add little. It is time to put a fork in the State of the Union Address.
*Kevin Conboy is a retired lawyer, who served most recently as a partner with the global firm of Paul Hastings LLP. He has taught on an adjunct basis at Emory University and the University of Georgia Schools of Law, and at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. He is also a member of the Global Irish Network and has served for eight years as the President of the Irish Chamber of Atlanta. The opinions expressed are of his own.The author may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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