Looks like today's market is discounting tonight's speechifying. Have you noticed the media debate over the Republican rebuttal (Chris Christie) that follows the SOTU? "How will the public receive the Republican's reply to the President?" Can't remember the media ever questioning the Democrat response to a Republcan president. It always seemed to be accepted that the Democrat held the moral high ground; there was never any question about how the Dem rebuttal would be received by voters.
Sad to say that you're spot on about national politics (Congress and the President) being morally bankrupt! Like prostitutes with the fleet in, politicians look to sell themselves to those who dangle the most money in front of them.
The last two presidents who had moral integrity were HST and DDE.