Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Nice, albeit meaningless speech...partisanship rules the day though.

Aside from his hypocritical talk of spending cuts and entitlements, I thought Bush did a great job. Pretty meaningless in the big picture though.
Grieving mother Cindy Sheehan pulls another narcissistic stunt. Can't wait to watch her Senate run if she decides to challenge Diane Feinstein!

Unfortunately, the 12 year-olds in Congress truly don't get it. For most of them it seems to be all about partisan politics, not right-wrong.

Liberal bias in the coverage? Media Research Center thinks so. What did you think?

State of the Union 1-31-06

"...In a system of two parties, two chambers, and two elected branches...even tough debates can be conducted in a civil tone, and our differences cannot be allowed to harden into anger. To confront the great issues before us, we must act in a spirit of good will and respect for one another - and I will do my part. Tonight the state of our Union is strong - and together we will make it stronger...."

"...The only way to protect our people ... the only way to secure the peace ... the only way to control our destiny is by our leadership - so the United States of America will continue to lead...."

"...Every step toward freedom in the world makes our country safer, and so we will act boldly in freedom's cause..."

"...When they murder children at a school in Beslan ... or blow up commuters in London ... or behead a bound captive ... the terrorists hope these horrors will break our will, allowing the violent to inherit the Earth. But they have miscalculated: We love our freedom, and we will fight to keep it..."

(on Iraq)"...Fellow citizens, we are in this fight to win, and we are winning...The road of victory is the road that will take our troops home..."

"...there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success, and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure. Hindsight alone is not wisdom. And second-guessing is not a strategy..."

"...Marine Staff Sergeant Dan Clay was killed last month fighting the enemy in Fallujah. He left behind a letter to his family, but his words could just as well be addressed to every American. Here is what Dan wrote: 'I know what honor is. It has been an honor to protect and serve all of you. I faced death with the secure knowledge that you would not have to.... Never falter! Don't hesitate to honor and support those of us who have the honor of protecting that which is worth protecting.'..."

"...And tonight, let me speak directly to the citizens of Iran: America respects you, and we respect your country. We respect your right to choose your own future and win your own freedom. And our Nation hopes one day to be the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran..."

(on NSA)"...Previous presidents have used the same constitutional authority I have - and Federal courts have approved the use of that authority. Appropriate Members of Congress have been kept informed. This terrorist surveillance program has helped prevent terrorist attacks. It remains essential to the security of America. If there are people inside our country who are talking with al-Qaida, we want to know about it - because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again...."

"...Our economy is healthy, and vigorous, and growing faster than other major industrialized nations..."

"...We must also confront the larger challenge of mandatory spending, or entitlements... By 2030, spending for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid alone will be almost 60 percent of the entire Federal budget..."

"...Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security, yet the rising cost of entitlements is a problem that is not going away - and with every year we fail to act, the situation gets worse..."

"...Keeping America competitive requires affordable health care...I ask the Congress to pass medical liability reform this year..."

"...America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world...we will invest more in zero-emission coal-fired plants; revolutionary solar and wind technologies; and clean, safe nuclear energy..."

"...Breakthroughs on this and other new technologies will help us reach another great goal: to replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025..."

"...As we look at these challenges, we must never give in to the belief that America is in decline, or that our culture is doomed to unravel. The American people know better than that. We have proven the pessimists wrong before - and we will do it again..."

"...I will continue to nominate men and women who understand that judges must be servants of the law, and not legislate from the bench..."

"...Human life is a gift from our Creator - and that gift should never be discarded, devalued, or put up for sale..."

"...Fellow citizens... sometimes it can seem that history is turning in a wide arc, toward an unknown shore...Yet the destination of history is determined by human action, and every great movement of history comes to a point of choosing. Lincoln could have accepted peace at the cost of disunity and continued slavery. Martin Luther King could have stopped at Birmingham or at Selma, and achieved only half a victory over segregation. The United States could have accepted the permanent division of Europe, and been complicit in the oppression of others. Today, having come far in our own historical journey, we must decide: Will we turn back, or finish well?...

Let's finish well.

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