"If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan.", while knowing that to be a lie; that those who could listen to the man who forced ObamaCare's passage through without compromise, who trotted out his officials to push the lie that the Benghazi attacks were caused not by terrorists, but by protests over a video - knowing That to be a lie; those who could listen to the man who has compared supporters of the Tea Party, Republicans and even returning veterans, to terrorists; those who could listen to the man whose administration has sought to prosecute reporters for reporting opposing views and sought to expel a News network that expressed more conservative opinions than his own from the White House Press Corp - those who could listen to all of that, and could then approvingly listen to that same person say this in his State of the Union speech:
"Democracy does require basic bonds of trust between its citizens. It doesn't work if we think the people who disagree with us are all motivated by malice, or that our political opponents are unpatriotic. Democracy grinds to a halt without a willingness to compromise; or when even basic facts are contested, and we listen only to those who agree with us. Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get attention."... I mean that those people are a people who are without concern for, or respect for what is true - is that something to feel optimistic about? What can the State of a Union be, whose people not only feel no anger or despair over being lied to, but will applaud those lying to them?
I sometimes despair of finding the right words to describe the state of such a union as that.