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Last night President Bush gave his fifth State of the Union Address to Congress and the nation at a time of low poll numbers, concerns over energy and health care costs, the war in Iraq, the continued threat of terror, Iranian nuclear saber rattling, and a gay cowboy movie with eight Oscar nominations.

The White House titled the president’s speech as “A Strong America Leading the World” – please see their official characterization and explanation below.

This is how Blogcritics saw it:

Gossip & Tidbits from the 2006 State of the Union Speech
The State of the Union address is required by our constitution. Only the constitution specifies “from time to time” and the whole spectacle has evolved into a once a year political grandstand that is more notable for the gossip…
Posted to Politics by Patfish on February 2, 2006 03:39 AM

State of the Union: Fear and Loathing
Bog and JuJu help me in this dark hour of insanity… i have seen the naked face of what’s rotten in this Nation i Love so much, standing on a podium last night, spewing the platitudes his handlers cranked out so…
Posted to Politics by gonzo marx on February 1, 2006 09:59 PM

Should Americans Trust Bush’s Call For “Goodwill And Respect”?
In a system of two parties, two chambers, and two elected branches, there will always be differences and debate. But even tough debates can be conducted in a civil tone, and our differences cannot be allowed to harden into anger….
Posted to Politics by David R. Mark on February 1, 2006 04:34 PM

State of the Union: A Hopeful, Competitive and Oil Addicted America – But No Real Live Mermaids at SeaWorld
A very positive State of the Union Address, but not full of major revelations or great new ideas, except perhaps on energy policy.
Posted to Politics by Dave Nalle on February 1, 2006 04:33 AM

The State of the Union Is, Uh…Good
Tonight President George W. Bush gave what has to have been one of the most timid and unambitious speeches of his presidency.
Posted to Politics by Bird of Paradise on February 1, 2006 02:02 AM

State of the Union: Anything But Sound
No dissent allowed: Cindy Sheehan learns the hard way that the Shrub demands a dress code.
Posted to Politics by Natalie Davis on February 1, 2006 01:45 AM

State Of The Union: I Refuse To Live In The Fear Our Sissy President Says We Should
Bush is a sissy-bully. Cheney is a bully-sissy. Don’t buy into the fear and don’t drink Texas moonshine, it obstructs the bowels.
Posted to Politics by Adam Ash on January 31, 2006 11:31 PM

From the Whitehouse:

    Leadership Toward Peace In The World

    Every Step Toward Freedom In The World Makes Our Country Safer, And So America Will Act Boldly In Freedom’s Cause.

    Today our Nation is committed to an historic, long-term goal: the end of tyranny in our world. On September 11th, 2001, America found that problems originating in a failed and oppressive state seven thousand miles away could bring murder and destruction to our country. Dictatorships shelter terrorists, feed resentment and radicalism, and seek weapons of mass destruction. Democracies replace resentment with hope, respect the rights of their citizens and their neighbors, and join the fight against terror. As we celebrate the spread of freedom in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, we do not forget people living in places like Syria, Burma, Zimbabwe, North Korea, and Iran – because the demands of justice, and the peace of this world, require their freedom as well.

    America Will Not Retreat From The World Or Surrender To Evil.

    In a time of testing, America cannot find security by abandoning commitments and retreating to isolation within our borders. If we were to leave the terrorists alone, they would not leave us alone. They would simply move the battlefield to our own shores. There is no peace or honor in retreat. America rejects the false comfort of isolationism. We accept the call of history to deliver the oppressed and move the world toward peace.

    America Is On The Offensive In The War On Terror.

    America and its allies have killed or captured many of the leaders of the terror networks. For the others, their day will come.

    We Remain On The Offensive In Afghanistan. In that country, a fine president and National Assembly are fighting terror while building the institutions of a new democracy.

    America Is On The Offensive In Iraq, With A Clear Plan For Victory. First, the Coalition is helping Iraqis build an inclusive government, so that old resentments will be eased and the insurgency will be marginalized. Second, the Coalition is continuing reconstruction efforts and helping the Iraqi government fight corruption and build a modern economy. Third, Coalition forces are striking terrorist targets and training Iraqi forces. In less than three years, Iraq has gone from dictatorship, to liberation, to sovereignty, to a constitution, to national elections.

    The Brutality Of The Terrorists Cannot Stop The Dramatic Progress Of A New Democracy. The Coalition has been relentless in shutting off terrorist infiltration, clearing out insurgent strongholds, and turning over territory to Iraqi security forces. As we make progress on the ground, and Iraqi forces increasingly take the lead, we should be able to further decrease our troop levels, but those decisions will be made by our military commanders, not by politicians in Washington, D.C.

    Our Strategy For Victory In Iraq Benefits From Responsible Criticism And Counsel. The effort in Iraq has benefited from responsible criticism and counsel offered by Members of Congress of both parties. The President will continue to reach out and seek good advice. Yet there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure. However individuals feel about the decisions and debates of the past, our Nation has only one option: We must keep our word, defeat our enemies, and stand behind the men and women of America’s military in their vital mission.

    Progress Will Continue Across The Middle East As America Offers A Hopeful Alternative To Hatred And Fear.

    America’s offensive against terror involves more than military action, and we are delivering a clear message across the broader Middle East. In parts of the Middle East, there have been steps taken toward reform, but there is more progress to be made. Elections are vital – but they are only the beginning. Raising up a democracy requires the rule of law, protection of minorities, and strong, accountable institutions that last longer than a single vote. The Palestinian people have voted in elections – now the leaders of Hamas must recognize Israel, disarm, reject terrorism and work for a lasting peace. Elsewhere in the Middle East, the repressive regime in Iran is defying the world with its nuclear ambitions, and the nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons.

    As America Encourages The Spread Of Freedom, We Must Also Spread Prosperity. To overcome dangers in our world, America will encourage economic progress, fight disease, and spread hope in hopeless lands. Isolationism would not only tie our hands in fighting enemies, it would keep America from helping our friends in desperate need. America has taken unprecedented action to fight AIDS and malaria, expand the education of girls, and reward developing nations moving forward with economic and political reform. Short-changing these efforts would increase the suffering and chaos of the world, undercut America’s long-term security, and dull the conscience of our country.

    The Offensive Against Terrorism Must Continue At Home.

    The enemy has not lost the desire or capability to attack us. America has superb professionals in law enforcement, intelligence, the military, and homeland security who are protecting America. They deserve our thanks – and they deserve the same tools they already use to fight drug trafficking and organized crime, so the President called on Congress to reauthorize the Patriot Act.

    Winning The War on Terror Requires Learning The Lessons of September 11th.

    To prevent another attack – based on authority given to the President by the Constitution and by statute – the President has authorized a terrorist surveillance program to aggressively pursue the international communications of suspected al-Qaida operatives and affiliates to and from America. Previous presidents have used the same constitutional authority the President has – 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.

    Leadership For Prosperity At Home And Abroad

    America’s Economic Strength Continues To Lead The World.

    The American economy is healthy and vigorous and growing faster than other major industrialized nations. In the last two and a half years, America has created 4.6 million new jobs – more than Japan and the European Union combined. Even in the face of higher energy prices and natural disasters, the American people have turned in an economic performance that is the envy of the world.

    Our Nation Will Compete With Confidence And Extend Our Economic Leadership In The World.

    In a dynamic world economy, we are seeing new competitors. This creates uncertainty, which makes it easier to feed people’s fears. Protectionists want to escape competition, while others want the government to take a larger role in directing the economy. The President set forth a better path that will raise standards of living and generate new jobs. Americans should not fear our economic future, because we intend to shape it.

    Congress Needs To Make The Tax Cuts Permanent.

    Keeping America competitive begins with keeping our economy growing. Our economy grows when Americans have more of their own money to spend, save, and invest. In the last five years, tax relief has left $880 billion in the hands of American workers, investors, small businesses, and families, and they have used it to help produce more than four years of uninterrupted economic growth. Yet the tax relief is set to expire in the next few years. If Congress does not act, American families will face a massive tax increase.

    The Growth Of Government Must Be Limited Through Fiscal Discipline.

    Every year since President Bush took office, the growth of non-security discretionary spending has been reduced, and last year this spending was cut. This year the President’s budget will cut it again and will reduce or eliminate more than 140 programs that are performing poorly or not fulfilling essential priorities. By passing these reforms, we will save the American taxpayer another $14 billion next year and stay on track to cut the deficit in half by 2009. Congress must also move forward on earmark reform and pass the line-item veto to limit special interest projects.

    The Government Must Confront The Larger Challenge Of Entitlement Spending. The coming retirement of the Baby Boom generation will put unprecedented strains on the Federal government. By 2030, spending for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid alone will be almost 60 percent of the entire Federal budget. And that will present future Congresses with impossible choices: staggering tax increases, immense deficits, or deep cuts in every category of spending. The President proposed a bipartisan commission to examine the impact of this problem.

    America Must Continue To Open Markets For American Goods.

    One out of every five factory jobs in America is related to global trade, and we want people everywhere to buy American. With open markets and a level playing field, no one can out-produce or out-compete the American worker.

    Immigration Reform Must Be A Priority.

    America needs an immigration system that upholds our laws, reflects our values, and serves the interests of our economy. Our nation needs orderly and secure borders. To meet this goal, we must have stronger immigration enforcement and border protection. And we must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty, allows temporary jobs for people who seek them legally, and reduces smuggling and crime at the border.

    Health Care Must Be Made Affordable And Accessible.

    Our government has a responsibility to help provide health care for the poor and the elderly, and it will meet that responsibility. For all Americans, we must confront the rising cost of care, strengthen the doctor-patient relationship, and help people afford the insurance coverage they need.

    Improved Health Savings Accounts Will Offer Lower Costs And Security Between Jobs. The President proposed strengthening Health Savings Accounts by making sure individuals and small business employees can buy insurance with the same tax advantages that people working for big businesses now get. We will do more to make this coverage portable, so workers can switch jobs without having to worry about losing their health insurance.

    Technology Offers The Possibility Of More Effective, Less Expensive Health Care. The President called for wider use of electronic records and other health information technology to help control costs and reduce medical errors.

    Medical Liability Reform Will Help Retain Good Doctors. The President called on Congress to pass Medical Liability Reform this year. Lawsuits are driving many good doctors out of practice, leaving women in nearly 1500 American counties without a single OB-GYN.

    The Advanced Energy Initiative Will Help Break America’s Dependence On Foreign Sources Of Energy.

    The best way to break America’s addiction to oil is through technology. The President set a goal of replacing more than 75 percent of oil imports from the Middle East by 2025. Since 2001, we have spent nearly $10 billion to develop cleaner, cheaper, more reliable alternative energy sources. The Advanced Energy Initiative will deliver a 22 percent increase in clean-energy research to push for breakthroughs in two vital areas:

    New Energy Sources For Homes And Businesses. To change how we power our homes and offices, we will invest more in zero-emission coal-fired plants; revolutionary solar and wind technologies; and clean, safe nuclear energy.

    New Energy Sources For Transportation. We must also change how we power our automobiles and move beyond a petroleum-based economy. We will increase our research in better batteries for hybrid and electric cars and in pollution-free cars that run on hydrogen. We will also fund additional research in cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn but from wood chips, stalks, or switch grass. The goal is to make this new kind of ethanol practical and competitive within six years.

    The President’s American Competitiveness Initiative Will Encourage Innovation Throughout The Economy.

    America must continue to lead the world in human talent and creativity. Our greatest advantage in the world has always been our educated, hard-working, ambitious people, and we are going to keep that edge.

    New Federal Funding For Research. The President proposed doubling the Federal commitment to the most critical basic research in the physical sciences over the next ten years. This will support the work of America’s most creative minds as they explore promising areas such as nanotechnology, supercomputing, and alternative energy sources.

    Provide Tax Certainty For Research And Development. The President proposed making permanent the research and development tax credit to encourage bolder private-sector investment in technology. With more research in both the public and private sectors, we will improve our quality of life and ensure that America will lead the world in opportunity and innovation for decades to come.

    Strengthening Education In Math And Science. Building on the success of the No Child Left Behind Act, the President proposed training 70,000 high school teachers to lead advanced-placement courses in math and science; bringing 30,000 math and science professionals to teach in classrooms; and getting early help to students struggling with math so they have a better chance at good, high-wage jobs.

    America Is Becoming A More Hopeful Nation.

    Violent crime rates have fallen to their lowest levels since the 1970s. Welfare cases have dropped by more than half over the past decade. Drug abuse among youth is down 19 percent since 2001. There are fewer abortions in America than at any point in the last three decades, and the number of children born to teenage mothers has been falling for a dozen years in a row. Government has played a role in this quiet transformation, and wise policies such as welfare reform, drug education, and support for abstinence and adoption have made a difference in the character of our country.

    America Still Has More To Do To Strengthen Our Culture And Our Institutions.

    Many Americans, especially parents, still have deep concerns about the direction of our culture and the health of our most basic institutions. They are concerned about unethical conduct by public officials and discouraged by activist courts that try to redefine marriage. And they worry about children in need, fellow citizens still displaced by natural disaster, and suffering caused by treatable disease.

    Courts Must Deliver Equal Justice Under Law And Not Legislate From The Bench. The Senate has confirmed two superb new members of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. The President will continue to nominate men and women who understand that judges must be servants of the law and not legislate from the bench.

    America Must Recognize The Value Of Every Life. The President called on Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research: cloning human beings; creating or implanting embryos for experiments; creating human-animal hybrids; and buying, selling, or patenting human embryos. Human life is a gift from our Creator, and that gift should never be discarded, devalued, or put up for sale.

    Elected Officials Must Uphold The Public Trust. The President supports the efforts of honorable people in both parties who are working on reforms to strengthen the ethical standards of Washington. Public servants make a pledge to be worthy of public responsibility, and that is a pledge that must never be forgotten, dismissed, or betrayed.

    America Must Protect And Encourage Its Children. Through the Helping America’s Youth initiative led by First Lady Laura Bush, America is encouraging caring adults to get involved in the life of a child. The President called for additional resources to encourage young people to stay in school so more of America’s youth can raise their sights and achieve their dreams.

    A Continuing Commitment To Gulf Reconstruction. America will aid our fellow citizens in times of suffering and emergency and stay with them until they are back on their feet. So far the Federal government has committed $85 billion to the people of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. We are removing debris, repairing highways, building stronger levees, and providing business loans and housing assistance. We must also address deeper challenges that existed before the storm arrived and must provide not only temporary relief, but also schools that teach every child, job skills that bring upward mobility, and more opportunities to own a home and start a business.

    Continuing The Fight To Prevent, Treat, And Defeat HIV/AIDS. The President called on Congress to reform and reauthorize the Ryan White Act and to provide new funding to states, so we end the waiting lists for AIDS medicine in America. More than one million Americans live with HIV, and half of all AIDS cases occur among African-Americans. The President called for a nationwide effort, working closely with African-American churches and faith-based groups, to deliver rapid HIV tests to millions, end the stigma of AIDS, and come closer to the day when there are no new infections in America.

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  • Well, as I sat watching our President deliver the State of the Union, I had my trusty laptop in front of me. I needed to jot down my notes in real time. After reading hem, I came to the realization that I really am ashamed to call this man our President. Come, take a journey with me, as I relive the State of the Union, 2006:

    Mr. Speaker, the President of United States.

    How depressing. The GOP majority kisses his butt as he makes his triumphant entry into the chamber. Guess what? They’re cowards. That’s right, GOP cowards, cheer him, make him feel welcome. The Roman Senate did the same thing for Caesar. There’s Laura flanked by an African American and an Islamic female. Gee, will George talk about Coretta? I hope the hell not. Oh hush, he’s about to speak.

    I knew it. The son of a bitch had the balls to mention her from the start. Martin’s spinning in his grave. Oh goody — a standing ovation by the Congress. Douche bag hypocrites. Every last one of them. He said “rostrum” without messing it up. Lordy, Lordy. I wonder if he can say “colostomy”? Two parties? Differences and debate? Civil toned debates? No hardening in anger? Oh, this guy is good. He has no respect and his good will is fake.

    Tonight the State of the Union sucks and once again W. has misled us.

    The enemies of freedom? Where’s Cindy Sheehan tonight? This is a complex and challenging time, alright. And George W. Bush, the lowest I.Q.’d President in history is leading the way. We seek the end of tyranny. Tell it to Cindy Sheehan. Tell it to the disenfranchised Palestinians. Tell it to the innocents at Guantanamo. Here we go with the weapons mass distraction. Oh, yeah, let’s not forget the fight against terror. We will act boldly in freedom’s cause, he says. Oh George, you’re an idiot.

    Today there are 122 democracies in the world according to George. Is the United States among the lucky? More than half he people in our world live in democratic nations, he says. Yet we have no freedom when it comes to health care. We are subject to the whims of the Federal government. Radical Islam. Perversion of a few. We have to take Osama seriously. Oh boy, here it comes, weapons of mass murder. The terrorist have chosen the weapon of fear. Gee, George, you’re a rocket scientist. And, George, YOU’VE broken my will. We love our freedom and we will fight to keep it, he says. Yeah, I’ll fight to keep it. I’ll fight by working to oust every incumbent I can.

    There is no honor in retreat. Our enemies and friends can be certain that we will never surrender to evil. Isn’t that what we did when we supported the Shah of Iran and Sadaam the first time around? Isn’t the support of evil evident in our support of the Saudi Riyal Family? What about the oppressed in Saudi Arabia? Has George shut his eyes? Then he talks about a clear plan for victory. There’s no clear plan. He doesn’t know which end is up. Iraqis are showing their courage every day. Oh George, you’re my hero. In less than three years Iraq has gone from dictatorship to sovereignty. And national elections. Wow, at least the Iraqis aren’t under a dictatorship. Lord knows we are under the GOP dictatorship. OK, here go. He’s setting up the military commanders saying they will call the shots and not the politicians in Washington. There’s the biggest crock right there. Isn’t he entrusted to be Commander in Chief?

    George says he will seek good advice from both sides of the aisle. Advice on what? Which brand of cocaine to import? People in public office have a duty to speak with candor. Now THAT is something I can rap my lips around. I defy any politician to speak the truth and be up front with the American people. How refreshing it would be. O look, let’ see the soldiers who have been wounded. Let’s hear about Dan Clay who lost his life in Fallujah. Oh, pull at my heart strings, George. Read a part of his letter. Oh how touching. Let’s eclipse Cindy Sheehan Let’s show Danny Boy’s family to Congress. Welcome, family, thank you for your sacrifice. We’ll remember you a week from now. Oh show the tear stained face of a female soldier. Oh, give us that extended applause. Smirk for the cameras, George. You made an impact. Forget the sacrifices of America’s military families? Tell it to the veterans you’ve screwed during your Administration. Oh, the terrorist have a vision of dark hatred and fear. Tell that to the victims of our supporter’ hatred and fear: gays, pro-choicers, and liberals.

    Saudi Arabia has taken the first steps of reform. Oh yippee. Of course Democracies in the Middle East won’t be like our own. Gays will be executed. Women will be bound in burkas and Jews will be turned away. Oh here we go. Iran’s regime must not obtain nuclear weapons. Duh. Thanks for the news, George. America can’t rally the world to confront the scourge of poverty. OH, and now the message to Iran. Oh we extend our friendship in the hopes of a free and democratic Iran. Lord, George, you must be on crack. Americans believe in God given dignity. Well, George, tell it to the gays. Tell it to the poor. Tell it to the victims of Katrina who were also victims of rampant political corruption in Louisiana. We’re not partners for a better life. Men and women are dedicating their lives protecting us all and they deserve our thanks. George, they also deserve to be given the right equipment to work with. They deserve to have better health coverage. And, dear God, the Patriot Act is not patriotic.

    Oh boy. Here comes the September 11th card. So to prevent another attack, George has authorized a terrorist surveillance program. Oh, previous presidents have used the same constitutional authority. The program is essential to the security of America. OK, Congress, stand and applaud. Scream, yippee. George is smirking. Winking to his buddies. Oh let’s reject, isolate and retreat. We’re in a long war against a determined enemy. Oh, here we go. Let’s go for the bipartisan support. Use the military that are fighting for us as selling point, George. Only appeal to our innate goodness. Because if we ponder the truth, you’d be impeached.

    We’ve created 4.6 million new jobs. Thanks, Wal Mart. Americans have turned in an enviable economic performance. Immigrants are somehow bad for the economy, but our country can’t function without them.

    Here goes. We’re got to have an agenda for confidence. Let’s shape our economic future. Tax relief has left $880 billion in the hands of investors, and families even. Whoop dee do! Tax relief expires in the next few years Uh oh, here we go. We need more than a temporary expansion. Congress, act responsibly and make the tax cuts permanent! Applause. George W. says we must be good stewards of tax dollars He’s eliminating 10 programs saving the taxpayer $14 billion next year! Did anybody tell George that his Administration is responsible for this financial mess? The Federal budget has too my special interest projects. Pass the line item veto so George can veto anything but what’s good for his folk.

    Congress did not act last year on his proposal to save Social Security. The Democrats actually had balls in rising and cheering. Oh here we go. Social Security and Medicare are entitlements. Um, we paid for these damn benefits, George. Let’s get bipartisan solutions. Put aside partisan politics. I have an idea. Let’s start a third party that will do something.

    We must open more markets, George says. We want people everywhere to buy American. No one can out produce or out compete with the American worker. Then why the hell are the GOP influenced corporatists OUT SOURCING, George? Our nation deserves orderly and secure boarders. Um, don’t we pay George to oversee that? Keeping America competitive requires affordable health care. George, you’re not meeting the responsibility for the elderly and poor. Wider use of electronic records will help control costs. Health saving accounts will be given more support. We’ll do more to make coverage affordable so workers will worry less about health insurance. Nearly 1500 American counties are left without an OB-GYN. Gee, George. You actually care about the uterus.

    America is addicted to oil which is imported from unstable parts of the word. Gee, George, maybe you are a rocket scientist. But I am not the one who kisses the Saudi King three times on the cheeks and walk hand in hand with him through your Midland Texas gardens. We must change how we power our automobiles. Oh goody, we’re going throw funding into research! HEY GEORGE LEGALIZE HEMP, YOU PUTZ! This country can move beyond a petroleum based economy. After all, the Bush family don’t need no more money. We must continue to lead the world in human talent — I guess George saw Brokeback Mountain. We’re gonna have our children get a firm grounding in math and science. They’ll learn their multiplication tables and about how Man was created in the Garden of Eden. We’re gonna research nanotechnology. We’re gonna have a research tax credit. We’ll improve our quality of life. We’ll be the land of opportunity and innovation. We gotta tell our kids to take more math and science. Oh, here we go, the No Child Left Behind Act has been a resounding success. George, you speak some good propaganda n education. I even support some of your initiatives. But face it, George, it ain’t gonna happen. Together we will show the world what we, the people, can achieve. Yeah, OK, George.

    We strive to be compassionate, peaceful society. Welfare cases have dropped more than half. Drug use is down 19% since 2001. Abortions are on the decline. Teenage mothers are falling for a dozen years in a row. We’re in a revolution of conscience. Personal responsibility has created fulfillment. Name me one politician n Washington who takes personal responsibility, George. Parents have deep concerns about the healing of our culture. Here we go on redefining marriage. We must never give in to the belief that America in a decline. We’ve proven the pessimists wrong before. And we’ll do it again. That’s right George. We’ll dump your butt.

    Let’s talk about Alito and Roberts. Oh boy, George, we now have a fair and balanced SCOTUS. Thank you, Senate. George will continue to nominate judges who the servaNS OF Cist. Oh, I mean the law. Let’s thank Sandy Day O’Connor for a job well done. She deserves it. She’s Reagan appointee. Here we go. Let’s look at the value of life. Let’s prohibit human cloning. Lord knows we don’t need a Bush/Cheney clone. Human life is a gift from our Creator which shouldn’t be devalued. Praise Jesus, George. Now let’s talk about ethical standards in Washington. Right on George. Let’s get ethics and personal responsibility back. Imprison Tom Delay. Fire Karl Rove. Oh boy Laura is going to lead the effort to help our teenagers. They will be interns in Washington Where Gary Condit when you need him?

    So far the Federal government has dedicated $5 billion to the disenfranchised of Katrina. Many of our fellow citizens have felt excluded. Duh. You idiot. They have been excluded. Let’s work for the day when all Americans are protected in justice. Thanks, George. You’re my hero. Let’s talk about AIDS. It can be defeated, treated. Congress needs to reauthorize the Ryan White act. How dare he mention Ryan White. Smirk. Here comes the nationwide effort to help African American churches and faith based groups to fight AIDS. Every great moment in history comes to a point of choosing. Yep, George, that’s right. Will we turn back? Will we finish well? We will show that courage. We will lead freedom’s advance. We’ll renew defining moral commitments. God bless America, the day George W. Bush leaves the White House.

  • permanentceasefire

    Excellent work, Silas.
    If I believed all of W.’s lies, I would have to question his sincerity when it comes to reducing the country’s dependency on oil. Didn’t he and his family make a zillion dollars from oil?
    America’s sound history of gullibility is second only to its ingenuity. We can create a mountain of diamonds from a pile of crap, but we’ll believe anything the President tells us.
    Once again, at the risk of sounding like a G.O.P. brown-noser, thanx for the clear assessment of the President and his lies.

  • Nancy

    Silas, I laughed til I cried. Loved those personal real time thoughts. Amen.

  • Eric Olsen

    Silas, why not put that comment into a story? There’s plenty there!

  • You know, Eric, as I read back over that blow by blow, I realize that I sound like some left winger on crack. I might as well have been because every word that man uttered last night sent me over the edge. By the end of his speech I was like a white woman in heat. Those were my real-time notes, typos and all.

    At the end of the day, as I have stated elsewhere, I don’t think George is that bad of a guy. He comes from a good family. His dad is a lot smarter than we’ve given him credit for. His Mom is one of the savviest politicians ever to hit national politics. In many ways, I think W. still has issues that go back to his childhood. There’s probably even a rivalry there with Daddy for Momma’s affection. That doesn’t forgive some of his blunders but it certainly makes me understand how he thinks. If the verdict for this Administration is failure, it’s not all upon his shoulders. It’s on all of us. Especially those of us who remained complacent and didn’t do what we could at the right time to put this country back on track.

  • From one Nancy to another, thanks, Nancy.

  • at a time of low poll numbers, concerns over energy and health care costs, the war in Iraq, the continued threat of terror, Iranian nuclear saber rattling, and a gay cowboy movie with eight Oscar nominations.

    BRAVO! Eric, I missed it, but now I am happy I did! Your article is better than the actual event, I bet!

  • Bliffle

    He looked straight into the camera (reminiscient of Bill Clinton) and lied. Especially when he said the constitution gives him the power to tap anyones phonelines.

  • At least the Constitution gave Bill Clinton the right to tap any intern. Oh, it didn’t? Never mind.

  • gonzo marx

    dayum Silas…

    massive cool stream of consciousness!


    in a day or so, i will begin the campaign for the forming of a new political faction…some things stirring in my head, and since i’ve just Posted my second Article in one week (insert gasp here)

    mebbe it’s time


  • Eric Olsen

    Silas, you are very measured in your take on Bush for someone who appears to disagree with him on most things – you generally avoid the demonization.

  • I don’t know if “demonization” is the right word, Eric. Measured? Yeah, probably so. I guess as I get older I mellow on some things. Were it not for the fact that I am a huge fan of his father, as well as in awe of Barbara, I’d probably be much worse in my critiques. I don’t agree with him on most things these days. However, I question just how committed he is to the issues he claims to embrace. The right wingers have served George well — NOT the other way around. Think about it.