President Reagan's State of the Union message should be subtitled, "The Lullaby of Washington." As I watched and listened to the pleasing platitudes, the shameless piety, the comforting cliches and the homespun sentimentality, I almost forgot that this pleasant and well-liked man is the wielder of the broadsword that seeks to wreak havoc upon the poor and homeless, to further cripple the sick, to emasculate our educational programs, and to finally reduce our democratic form of government to a sort of alien super corporate state.
The speech was quintessential Reagan, long on rhetoric, short on substance. It was a piece of twisted and convoluted logic. For example: He praises the family as "the moral core of our society" and then proposes in his budget to do away with the very programs that would preserve and save the family unit.
Reagan is concerned about the "horse and buggy programs that waste tax dollars and squander human potential," however he fails to mention which programs he refers to. We are held in suspense until the following day when he submits his budget and we discover that he wants to wipe out the Small Business Administration, the Interstate Commerce Commission, legal services for the needy, Amtrak (horse and buggy?), and to sell off some of our most valuable national assets. These, and similar programs, have endured the test of time and have withstood the ravages of former Republican administrations.