State of the Union 1/31/06

Written by Christianity and the Confusion on February 4th, 2006


Mr. Bush began graciously with praise to Coretta Scott King, and the progress that has followed.  Those African-Americans, who waited 10 hours to vote only to find that their names had been illegally removed from the voting rolls, may have felt that was just lip service.  In this article we are placing video clips of the State of the Union speech and asking what you thought of the points.  We will endeavor to be non-partisan as possible.  Below is the first clip:

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In the opening statements Mr. Bush spoke of civility to those we disagree with but have the right always been civil?  When is comes to politics it is real easy to see the other guy as the Bad guy, but how would you rate the civility of politicians? 

 

 

Mr. Bush also said that we must lead the world, but why us?

 


One of the criticisms of the speech is how quickly Mr. Bush invoked 9/11.  When in a few words brought <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” /><?xml:namespace prefix = u1 />Iraq as to link the two.  Some people feel that the administration over uses 9/11 to prop up their goals.  Watch the clips and tell us if the cartoon is relevant or not.

 
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Our goals Part 1                                                                     Our goals Part 2

In our second part we ask what are our goals as a nation?  What is the goals of the Bush administration?  Do you think that the terrorists are the only ones using fear?


The majority of Americans fear that the extreme right is blindly trying to undo the New Deal programs of FDR.  The Republican Party has always been opposed to Social Security and Medicare for philosophical reasons.  They believe strongly is the myth that all can pull themselves up by their bootstraps.  For the government to aid those who have not been successful violate this principle.  We saw last year the effort of Mr. Bush and the right to privatize Social Security without any success.
The problem that they face is that these programs that they wish to cut are very successful and popular.  Never in the whole history of Social Security has one check been missed its recipient. The only problem that the Social Security fund faces is that all the money borrowed by both Democrats and Republicans has not been repaid.  One would think that a Congress which is intent on all the citizens repaying their debts would do the same and repay the debt to Social Security even if it meant rolling back the tax brakes to the rich.  In the following clip you will see Mr. Bush address this and the response of the Democratic members of Congress.
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In our third part we ask what type of country we want.  Should our citizens have to work until death?  Should medical care only be provided to those who can afford it?

 

10 Comments so far ↓

  1. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Bush spoke of civility to those we disagree with but have the right always been civil? When is comes to politics it is real easy to see the other guy as the Bad guy, but how would you rate the civility of politicians? Mr. Bush also said that we must lead the world, but why us?

  2. Anonymous says:

    In our second part we ask what are our goals as a nation? What is the goals of the Bush administration? Do you think that the terrorists are the only ones using fear? Has the administration over uses 9/11 to prop up their goals?

  3. Anonymous says:

    In our third part we ask what type of country we want. Should our citizens have to work until death? Should medical care only be provided to those who can afford it?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Is Bush kidding about civility? My God, how many times have we had our patriotism questioned if we disagreed with him? What did they say about John Kerry's military service? What it sounds like to me is a case of reversionary history and selected memories. If Bush and the Republicans are serious about becoming civil good, but let's see them do it during the coming election and on the internet. Oh and on the radio!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I think that the goal of this group is a perpetual war. They would like to move to Iran and Syria. Their idea of keeping America safe does just the opposite, it destroys our democracy.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I pray that never happens, there has been enough blood spilled and for What?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I never understood by the Republican Party has been against the New Deal programs of FDR. Social Security has been very successful and we need to add to Medicare not take away from it. Most Americans are in favor of Social Security because they know that they will need it. I do believe that is why men like Bush don't realize how important it is to the average American, they have never gone for want. When you grow up with wealth it is difficult to understand why anyone wouldn't have enough money. To put it simply, the right likes to say of the second amendment that “they can take their guns from the dead cold hand.” Well that is just what you will do to us if you take our Social Security from us; you will be taking it from our cold dead hands. I praise God that the Democratic Party stopped them from privatizing Social Security.

  8. Anonymous says:

    When it comes to civility the Democratic Party has the Republicans beat hands down. That's not to say that the Democratic Party is perfect, but far more civil. All you got to do is go to most message boards and see who is polite and who is rude.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Take a look at Mark Fiore and ask who is addicted to oil?

  10. Anonymous says:

    How can you say that with all the Bush bashing that goes on?
       

                                                                                                                                               Go Bush

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