The United States Constitution starts at the tippy top with the phrase “ We the People." In 1787, that had more power and meaning. Today, to most , the bureaucracy seems to matter most. Politicians compete in beauty contests called elections. Those same representatives are off on their campaign trails trying to outdo each other offering grab bag giveaways. Once a year, after being elected every four years, one such politician called a “President” takes the stage to the give the annual State Of The Union. Article 2, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution requires the President to periodically give Congress information on the State of the Union and recommend any measures that he believes necessary and expedient.
During the majority of our country's first century, the President primarily just submitted a written report to Congress. With the advent of radio and television, the address is now broadcast live across the country on most networks. For many, the SOTU has become platitude filled gas fest for presidents to gloat about accomplishments, real or imaginary, and lobby for pet projects of theirs. Often times people blog or write (ahem) their opinions or comments about said event. In fact, the opposing parties that aren't in the White House prepare responses to be broadcast shortly after. However, the politicians let alone the president will be quite unlikely to ever hear them. The big media writers maybe, but the average American whose feeling the brunt of the policies, nay.
At this year's SOTU, however, a group of Liberty minded fellows called Young Americans for Liberty decided to change that and asked their Facebook and Twitter fans to sound off. So, to try and make it as well seen as all the political parties' responses, they asked those people to make a sign, snap a selfie and submit the photo their #YourResponse Project. Their reach has exceeded four million people on Facebook and 1.5 million on Twitter. Of their 100 photos they chose 50 of their favorites to bring the “We The People” back -- at least for this instance. Of their 50, I chose 30 of those best. So without further ado, here are the 30 Responses to State Of The Union that weren't from a party -- unless “We the People” has a party named after it.