Wednesday, February 01, 2006

State Of The Union Highlights...

I don't know if anyone is aware of this already, but the President gave his State Of The Union speech last night.

I watched it, and I was impressed by several aspects of it. I was impressed by the class and statesmanship that the President displayed. I was impressed by the positive tone of his message. (Of course I know that no President is ever going to walk into the chamber to deliver his State Of The Union speech and say that America sucks, and we will all probably starve to death in the next 6 months...) (Although if Carter had done that, it might have sounded accurate...)

I was impressed that he acknowledged some of his failures, as well as his (and our Nation's) successes.

I was not impressed with the party of loyal obstruction sitting on their hands when the President mentioned the successes that America has realized over the past few months. Whether you like him or not, President Bush has presided over a period of incredible economic recovery and prosperity, even in a time of war. Our Country has not experienced a Terrorist attack on our soil since the one that was planned and carried out on 9/11/2001 by the guy that Senator Clinton's Husband wouldn't lock up when he was President.

I was not impressed with the Democrats standing and cheering for themselves over blocking progress toward a solution to the Socialist Security Program.

"Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security..." Said the President.

"Yeah!! Whoooo!! Alright!! Yay!! Hooray for Us!! We kept the Republicans from solving the Social Security problem!! Clap clap clap clap clap clap clap!!"

Shut up.

Is that REALLY the best that you guys can do? If so, then the sooner the Democrats are completely marginalized, ignored completely, and forgotten, the better off all Americans will be.

Last night's State Of The Union speech was an occasion of several historic firsts.

It was the first time (to my knowledge) that a Supreme Court Nominee has been confirmed on the same day as a State Of The Union speech.

It was the first time (to my knowledge) that Ted Kennedy has intentionally blown off an event like this, where there was obvious opportunity for Camera Time, and people who would probably seek him out and ask his rambling, disjointed, incomprehensible opinion.

It was the first time (to my knowledge) that a dog was invited to attend the State Of The Union speech.

Cindy Sheehan (the only parent who has lost a child to the War in Iraq that the Media seems to be able to locate) was invited by Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D. Ca.), and was removed from the hall before the proceedings began because she chose to wear an anti-war tee-shirt.

"I didn't know that a person could be arrested for wearing a tee-shirt. I didn't know that a person could be arrested for protesting inside the People's Hall..." Said Sheehan.

Well, I guess you found out last night, didn't you Cindy?

And she should have been. Anyone should know better than to wear a tee-shirt to an event like the State Of The Union speech. It's a classy event. Dress up a little bit, for Pete's sake.


I even suffered through a little of the Democrat Rebuttal, given by newly elected Virginia Governor Tim Kaine. The gist of it was, "We can do better, but we can't tell you how, because then we would have to kill you."

"Stop looking at my eyebrow!"

Overall, it was a good speech. I felt that it was worth putting off watching Monday Night's episode of 24 from my Tivo for an hour or so in order to watch it.

I can't wait for the next one.

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