The word racism is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything – and demanding evidence makes you a racist.

Thomas Sowell

By Dr. Jim Ferguson

Did you watch it? I didn’t. I refuse to waste my time with the modern State of the Union Addresses (SOTU) which remind me of kabuki theater. The choreographed backslapping, standing and clapping, sitting and scowling is just a meaningless spectacle. The only thing I remember from these events is Nancy Pelosi’s destruction of Congressional property as she derisively tore apart President Trump’s State of the Union speech on national TV.

Article 2, section 3, clause 1 of the United States Constitution says that the president is to periodically “give to the Congress information on the state of the Union.” For the first hundred years of our country the president submitted only a written report to the Congress. In 1913 President Woodrow Wilson began the “regular practice of delivering the address to Congress in person as a way to rally support for the president’s agenda.”

Ole Joe and his handlers have an impossible task. They are trying to “put lipstick on a pig” and convince Americans that the Union is doing well. As iPOTUS says, “Come on, man.”

Delusions are symptoms of insanity. I reject the Democrats’ delusions. We are not safer, everything costs more, shortages are real and I have lost trust in all sectors of government. We no longer have a southern border, supply chains and transportation are in jeopardy, drugs and crime are rampant, inflation continues, the wealth of Americans has been dissipated and our standing in the world has been gutted. But hey, we don’t have “mean tweets” anymore.

Tragically, out of irrational hatred, America voted against a strong leader, prosperity and safety, and elected a demented vassal of China. The consequences of listening to lies of the deep state (FBI and others), the mainstream media, Democrats and progressive liberal/leftists are obvious to a rational person. If you thought you were safe and woke generals and the president would protect you, the Chinese balloon, allowed to transit our country, dispelled that illusion. Secretary of State Blinken was even forced to cancel his state visit with Xi Jinping after China gave America “the middle finger.”

SOTU addresses make about as much sense as the various awards shows televised throughout the year, where the artsy-fartsy crowd praises itself. The last time I paid any attention to the Academy Awards, Tony’s, Grammys, etc. was when Saving Private Ryan lost the best picture award in 1988 to Shakespeare in Love. Actually, Shakespeare in Love is a beautiful film. I have a copy in my library. However, critics consider Saving Private Ryan “one of the greatest films ever made.”

Emblematic of these inane award shows is the recent Grammys, where the gender confused Sam Smith performed a perverted devil worship song and dance routine sponsored by Pfizer Drugs and lauded in a tweet by CBS television. No thank you. I won’t watch this trash. The clips of Smith’s devilish routine reminded me of Biden’s horrific University of Pennsylvania speech.

Our country is a mess. So, what can you do? Join my boycott of woke and ESG (environment social governance) companies and their products. Examples are CBS, Coke, Disney, Sports Illustrated, etc. You can easily find internet lists of such companies. I no longer use the uber liberal Google search engine. I use Duck Duck Go which doesn’t track me or sell my information to advertisers. Have you seen Duck Duck Go’s ad that uses the Police song, “I’ll be watching you”? That’s Google in a nutshell.

I vote at every opportunity and I write this column. The black, female, conservative Kira Davis challenges us to find some area to push back against the destruction of our country. We must be courageous and refuse to be gaslighted into tolerating or accepting something you know is wrong. Respectfully, say to the progressive liberal bullying you, “I don’t accept your premise.” Turn their manipulative words back on them.

English is a living language. Consequently, the meaning of words changes over time, words come in and out of vogue and usage. The word mouse used to refer to the small rodent scurrying under the cabinet, but now also drives the cursor on my computer screen. When I was a child, I pulled the trigger on my cap pistol. Now, people describe certain words as triggers, capable of evoking emotions, even rage. The notion that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me” is now passé.

Since we’re on the topic, let me digress just a bit. I now find that I am “triggered” by the promotion of racism by hustlers. I’m also triggered by sexuality that is thrust into my face. If you’re an adult I don’t care what you think or do in your bedroom. Furthermore, I don’t want to hear about your victim status. And just like the race card, I don’t want sexuality preached to my grandchildren in school or in drag queen shows with children in attendance.

You might label me a coward for not watching the two hours of SOTU. I was afraid that watching Washington “porn” would trigger me and sour my soul. Out of civic duty I did read numerous accounts from both “sides of the aisle,” including the so-called fact checks of the divider-in-chief and Sarah Huckabee Sanders. That was all I could tolerate. What I did see was the contrast between the 40-year-old woman governor of Arkansas and the demented octogenarian. The contrast between “normal and crazy” was striking.

With balloon-gate, I’ve been thinking. Why would China attack us when they have Democrats to destroy us? Our best defense is to take power from Democrats who have become “crazy.”

We must stay informed. We have access to more information than at any time in history. Yes, there is fake news, “lies, damn lies and statistics.” The truth has always been illusive and transcends mere facts which are contextual (see John 18:38).

And my last words of advice? Follow the Ferguson axiom: “Read widely, think carefully, sift everything through your conscience and common sense, be courageous and keep looking up.”