Why am I going on and on and on about this? Because our president rocks the White House, and had some damn good things to say, and I think you should know, whether you like it or not. Because if you're American, you should want to know. If you live on Earth you should want to know! Because I will impress my will upon you with my irresistible blogs and secret powers of hypnosis.
Here are a couple of good quotes to introduce his speech:
“We will not deny, we will not ignore, we will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, to other presidents, and other generations. We will confront them with focus and clarity and courage.”
“Our founders dedicated this country to the cause of human dignity, the rights of every person, and the possibilities of every life. This conviction leads us into the world to help the afflicted, and defend the peace, and confound the designs of evil men.”
Here’s an outline for you kids who don’t want to be bothered with reading all ten pages:
1. Economy: “We must have an economy that grows fast enough to employ every man and woman who seeks a job.”
a. Tax relief: “Jobs are created when the economy grows; the economy grows when Americans have more money to spend and invest; and the best and fairest way to make sure that Americans have that money is not to tax it away in the first place.”
2. Health care: “High quality, affordable health care for all Americans.”
a. Better Medicare
b. Reduced threat of frivolous lawsuits
3. Energy independence a. Clean Skies: 70% cut in air pollution from power plants
b. Healthy Forests Initiative: reduce “catastrophic fires”
c. Development of hydrogen-powered automobiles
4. Apply compassion to the deepest problems of America: homeless, addicted, children of imprisoned, etc.
a. Faith-based initiative and Citizen Service Act
a. USA Freedom Corps
b. Expand mentoring programs
c. Provide additional rehab centers for the addicted
d. Outlaw partial-birth abortion and human cloning
a. Provide AIDs medicine to the peoples of Africa and the Caribbean, and provide care for AIDs sufferers, and children orphaned by the disease.
To wrap up, President Bush discusses the war on terrorism: 1. We have arrested or otherwise defeated more than 3,000 terrorists.
2. We are placing a greater focus on national security:
a. At borders, ports or entry, and airports
3. Project Bioshield and other methods to prevent biological attacks are being implemented
4. We are working towards a defense against ballistic missiles
5. Intelligence agencies have improved and expanded their abilities to analyze threat information
6. Working with the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the governments of other nations to secure and/or disarm nuclear weapons in many countries
The President next details factually and convincingly the ability of Saddam Hussein, dictator of Iraq, to kill millions by nuclear and biological weapons. He gives evidence of Hussein’s connection with terrorists.
The end of his speech is too eloquent and powerful to outline, so try to break from your apathy for one moment and read this portion:
“Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike? If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words, and all recriminations would be too late. Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an option.
“The dictator who is assembling the world’s most dangerous weapons [Hussein] has already used them on whole villages – leaving thousands of his own citizens dead, blind, or disfigured. Iraqi refugees tell us how forced confessions are obtained – by torturing children while their parents are made to watch. International humans rights groups have catalogued other methods used in the torture chambers of Iraq: electric shock, burning with hot irons, dripping acid on the skin, mutilation with electric drills, cutting out tongues, and rape. If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning.”
“If Saddam Hussein does not fully disarm, for the safety of our people and for the peace of the world, we will lead a coalition to disarm him.”
“We seek peace. We strive for peace. And sometimes peace must be defended. If war is force upon us, we will fight in a just cause and by just means – sparing, in every way we can, the innocent. And if war is forced upon us, we will fight with the full force and might of the United States military – and we will prevail.”
“And as we and our coalition partners are doing in Afghanistan, we will bring to the Iraqi people food and medicines and supplies – and freedom.”
“We exercise power without conquest.”
“The liberty we prize is not America’s gift to the world, it is God’s gift to humanity…May God continue to bless the United States of America.”