State of the Union Address 2006. The text of last night's State of the Union Address by President Bush is available at the blogged site.
I usually avoid political comments on my blog. I leave the politicizing of the profession to my leftist colleagues who dominate the library profession. However, here are a few quotes from the speech I liked with my comments on it in bold:
"In a system of two parties, two chambers, and two elected branches, there will always be differences and debate. But even tough debates can be conducted in a civil tone, and our differences cannot be allowed to harden into anger. " Can anyone really argue with that? I am so tired of the angry anti-Bush or the angry anti-leftist comments which seem to dominate all political discourse in the USA.
"There is no peace in retreat. And there is no honor in retreat. By allowing radical Islam to work its will -- by leaving an assaulted world to fend for itself -- we would signal to all that we no longer believe in our own ideals, or even in our own courage. But our enemies and our friends can be certain: The United States will not retreat from the world, and we will never surrender to evil. " Like the Iraq War or not, we are going to have to finish it. Kerry if elected would still be in Iraq too. You can not just invade a country, put a new government in power, and leave before it can stand alone. It just invites more attacks when that government falls and the terrorists use it to target us again.
"Tonight, let me speak directly to the citizens of Iran: America respects you, and we respect your country. We respect your right to choose your own future and win your own freedom. And our nation hopes one day to be the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran." Amen.
"Fortunately, this nation has superb professionals in law enforcement, intelligence, the military, and homeland security. These men and women are dedicating their lives, protecting us all, and they deserve our support and our thanks. They also deserve the same tools they already use to fight drug trafficking and organized crime -- so I ask you to reauthorize the Patriot Act." I am one of a minority of librarians who supports the Patriot Act but I will write my congressman again tonight asking him to support it.
"Keeping America competitive requires affordable energy. And here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world. The best way to break this addiction is through technology. " Is President Bush going green? I am not buying it but I hope he is. I like the part about oil addiction. It is true.
And that ends my comments on what was a decent speech but not the President's best.