Thoughts About The State Of The Union

Here are a few thoughts on Bush’s State of the Union Address

— This was an important line,

“Our greatest responsibility is the active defense of the American people. Twenty-eight months have passed since September 11th, 2001 — over two years without an attack on American soil — and it is tempting to believe that the danger is behind us. That hope is understandable, comforting — and false.”

I’m glad to see Bush reminding the American people that the danger hasn’t passed.

— Here’s something else people need to be reminded of, especially anti-war liberals,

“Inside the United States, where the war began…”

— This was great too,

President Bush: “Key provisions of the PATRIOT Act are set to expire next year…”

Democrats: (Applause)…

President Bush: “The terrorist threat will not expire on that schedule.”

Face Job!

— Here’s another key point W. hit on,

“As part of the offensive against terror, we are also confronting the regimes that harbor and support terrorists, and could supply them with nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons.”

Bush has been saying that since 9 days after 9/11 although the anti-war left insists on ignoring it…

— These numbers aren’t bad,

“We are tracking al-Qaida around the world — and nearly two-thirds of their known leaders have now been captured or killed…Of the top 55 officials of the former (Iraqi) regime, we have captured or killed 45.”

— I loved this,

“I know that some people question if America is really in a war at all. They view terrorism more as a crime — a problem to be solved mainly with law enforcement and indictments. After the World Trade Center was first attacked in 1993, some of the guilty were indicted, tried, convicted, and sent to prison. But the matter was not settled. The terrorists were still training and plotting in other nations, and drawing up more ambitious plans. After the chaos and carnage of September 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers. The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States — and war is what they got.”

Oh hell yah, tell ’em W.!

— This is such a great counter to lefties who claim we’re in Iraq without allies,

“Some critics have said our duties in Iraq must be internationalized. This particular criticism is hard to explain to our partners in Britain, Australia, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, the Netherlands, Norway, El Salvador, and the 17 other countries that have committed troops to Iraq. As we debate at home, we must never ignore the vital contributions of our international partners, or dismiss their sacrifices.”

— Listen up John Kerry, Wesley Clark, & Howard Dean, he’s talking to you…

” There is a difference, however, between leading a coalition of many nations, and submitting to the objections of a few. America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.”

— Make sure to repeat this number back to the people who claim we aren’t spending enough on education,

“We are providing more funding for our schools — a 36 percent increase since 2001.”

— The Democrats ended up applauding this line, but I think they were aiming for the death tax…

“Unless you act, Americans face a tax increase.”

— This sounds good, more details please…

“Our agenda for jobs and growth must help small business owners and employees with relief from needless Federal regulation, and protect them from junk and frivolous lawsuits.”

— The oddest part of the speech was the focus on steroids,

“So tonight I call on team owners, union representatives, coaches, and players to take the lead, to send the right signal, to get tough, and to get rid of steroids now.”

What? Who stuck this in the speech?

— Can’t Charles Rangel at least stay awake through the whole SOTU?

— I can almost hear Andrew Sullivan screaming from here…

“Activist judges, however, have begun redefining marriage by court order, without regard for the will of the people and their elected representatives. On an issue of such great consequence, the people’s voice must be heard. If judges insist on forcing their arbitrary will upon the people, the only alternative left to the people would be the constitutional process. Our Nation must defend the sanctity of marriage.”

I’m glad to see that Bush is supporting a Constitutional Amendment to protect marriage. Not only do I support it, I think it’s a great election year issue…

— On the whole, I think Bush did an outstanding job of defending his foreign policy. On the domestic side, I’m just pleased that Bush didn’t propose any really, scary new domestic programs like giving solid gold walkers to seniors, making Mexico a state, or building a bridge to the moon out of hundred dollar bills. It wasn’t a knock-out speech, but it’ll do.

PS: I don’t think anybody watching Nancy Pelosi, her bug-eyed stare, wooden delivery, and her “America must be a light to the world, not just a missile” line, is going to be reassured that the Democrats are serious about protecting America.

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