Saturday, January 21, 2006

The State of the Union

Bush's poll numbers continue to be low. Soon, we will hear his State of the Union Speech. We will hear the usual posturing and misleading statements. It is possible Iran will be a main topic. No doubt, the problems of our nation will largely be ignored. Some pretty words will be spoken and some promises will be made that once again will be forgotten in weeks. In reality, the state of the Union is not good. We need new leadership. We need people who will look at the world as it is and not through the lens of their ideological assumptions and their need for ratings points. We need a new leadership more interested in America's promise than in back door deals. We need leadership that doesn't fear the future so much that it feels compelled to spy on millions of Americans. Here's two cautions from the past.

Men who are familiarized to danger, meet it without shrinking, whereas those who have never seen service often apprehend danger where no danger lies.
—George Washington

A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.
—James Madison

Most Americans agree that we need a strong military but a Pentagon increasingly without accountability, an NSA without oversight and the necessary adherence to the Constitution, a Vice President and Secretary of Defense trying to concentrate massive amounts of power in their hands, and a president out of his element with overreaching ambition cannot be good things.

3 Comments:

Anonymous MkWannabee said...

But wait a moment, didn't the uber donkey JFK order wire tapping done on the uber civial rights leader MLK

11:07 PM  
Blogger Poechewe said...

Mkwannabee provides a fine example of what is known as trolling. For those new to blogs, trolling is an attempt by right wingers to make distracting and irrelevant comments.

We expect more trolling in the months to come.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Especially since this is an election year, Bush's address will be a promotional exercise.

I get mischievous flashes, seeing him standing before the assembled (ahem) honorables, asserting the Iraq war is a triumph, with eager Iraqi troops shoving their U.S. mentors aside so they can get at the insurgents.

Meanwhile, behind Bush and unbeknownst to him, a giant photo is unfurled, showing Bush shaking hands with Jack Abramoff, with insets showing Bush shaking hands with "Kenny Boy" Lay, with Michael "Heckuva Job" Brown, and of Ahmed Chalabi sitting behind Laura Bush last time.

And in front of Fearless Leader, Demcorats are rolling on the floor, laughing, while even some Republicans start to snicker.

11:37 PM  

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