State of the Union approaches. George II will dutifully
report on our successes on the War on Terrorism. Dubya will
pay tribute to the gallant men and women of our military.
He'll pay homage to those who lost their lives on September
11th and those working in clean-up and rebuilding efforts.
He should do that.
a nation are showing the pride we have for our country,
regardless of how flawed our government may be. This we
should do, as we were viciously attacked and we are at war.
we are still a nation with internal problems that must be
addressed. Let us listen for what Dubya has to say about
the domestic problems we now face. Let us listen to hear
if what is going on behind the war front will be given the
light of day.
understand that while we can support a president in the
execution of war, it is neither un-American nor un-patriotic
to criticize a president's domestic policies at the same
time. Franklin D. Roosevelt, one our greatest presidents,
was roundly criticized for many of the programs he implemented
while opponents rallied around his execution of WWII.
brings us to George II. There is a reason he lost the election.
Some of you will say that losing the people's vote isn't
losing an election, but in all except the election for president,
that is the case, so lets not quibble. People rejected Dubya's
domestic agenda. With good reason.
we are fighting terrorism (will George II have the resolve,
unlike George I, to finish the job?) many are terrified
at the agenda Dubya and the Republicans are espousing.
fear Dubya's court appointees. Did you know that Dubya has
appointed 60 federal judges at this point? As expected they
hold a conservative bent. You 'll find many of the appointees
to be anti-choice, anti-gay, and anti-minority.
fear a reversal of reproductive rights, as discussion limiting
the scope of Roe vs. Wade is widespread. Dubya, bowing to
his conservative allies, is thumbing his nose at the "king
of conservatism's" wife, Nancy Reagan, by opposing stem
cell research that many believe will save lives because
opponents claim it supports a "culture of murder."
fear Dubya's faith based initiatives. Many believe these
initiatives blur the line between a separated church and
state by forcing taxpayers to subsidize religious organizations,
which, under these initiatives, will provide services once
supplied by public institutions.
fear George II's environmental policies, such as the proposal
to open the Artic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
This is at a time when studies have shown that as many as
80% of polar bears are hermaphrodites because of pollution
in the artic-one reason for a dramatic decline in that bear's
others fear Dubya's economic stimulus package, claiming
it only benefits the wealthy through benefits such as cutting
or eliminating the capital gains tax, for instance, something
most of us will not need benefit of.
fear, in light of the stock markets recent performance,
Dubya's continued call for the partial privatization of
Social Security that would force seniors to play the stock
question why there has been no movement on a plan to provide
healthcare for the working poor.
will these issues be addressed in the State of the Union,
or are we supposed to forget that the domestic goings-ons
of the United States still go on?
must also ask, "what will we hear at the State of the Union
about Enron?" Probably not much as Vice President Dick Cheney
and Mr. Bush have both said they don't have a whole lot
to say on the matter. Hmmmm. Why is it that when a Democrat
appears to be in trouble, the pack of wolves descend, yet
when that same pack appears in trouble they become as silent
as little sheep?
folks, for all his handling of the War on Terrorism, George
II is still a wolf in sheep's clothes.
is after all, a reason why Dubya is, an illegitimable president.