State of Dis’ Union
Posted by jeremiasx on January 24, 2007
Well…I’m gonna repost the Democratic rebuttal to the President’s State of the Union address…if you missed it…here ya go. I think it bears repeating…the President’s speech was the same one he’s given five times in a row, I didn’t bother to lampoon it, and even the Republicans had a hard time getting up for all his “applause pauses” which shows that they are distancing themselves from this Leper Messiah.
I commend Sen. Webb on a great delivery…even though it’s not substantive, since it’s just a shell game in the end…I at least admire his passion and ability as an orator.
Here ya go…for your consumption: [I’ve highlighted my interjections in brackets.]
I’m Senator Jim Webb [Senator Who?], from Virginia, where this year we will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown an event that marked the first step in the long journey that has made us the greatest and most prosperous nation on earth. [I’m gonna tell ya…we got lost along the way.]
It would not be possible in this short amount of time to actually rebut the president’s message, nor would it be useful. [You can’t reach this President with words.] Let me simply say that we in the Democratic Party hope that this administration is serious about improving education and health care for all Americans, and addressing such domestic priorities as restoring the vitality of New Orleans.[Since it seems like they’re interested into turning it into a Disneyland experience in the French Quarter, complete with preachers and smiling, white faces.]
Further, this is the seventh time the president has mentioned energy independence in his State of the Union message[yes, he’s been TALKING about it about once a year], but for the first time this exchange is taking place in a Congress led by the Democratic Party. We are looking for affirmative solutions that will strengthen our nation by freeing us from our dependence on foreign oil [since no one’s obviously thought about alternative energy in the past?], and spurring a wave of entrepreneurial growth in the form of alternate energy programs. We look forward to working with the president and his party to bring about these changes.[After we impeach these current dicks and the President is Pelosi, then we can be reactionary and as socialist as we want to be.]
There are two areas where our respective parties have largely stood in contradiction [mainly in name and favorite corporations], and I want to take a few minutes to address them tonight. The first relates to how we see the health of our economy, how we measure it, and how we ensure that its benefits are properly shared among all Americans. [All Americans who are smart enough to figure out the system, and sell their souls.] The second regards our foreign policy, how we might bring the war in Iraq to a proper conclusion [what conclusion? don’t hold your breath] that will also allow us to continue to fight the war against international terrorism [yes, the Democrats are also worried about the threat of “Islamofascism”], and to address other strategic concerns that our country faces around the world.
When one looks at the health of our economy, it’s almost as if we are living in two different countries. [You don’t say?] Some say that things have never been better. [Have any of you said this recently? Probably not, if you’re on MY friends list…lol] The stock market is at an all-time high, and so are corporate profits. [You BETCHA] But these benefits are not being fairly shared. When I graduated from college, the average corporate CEO made 20 times what the average worker did; today, it’s nearly 400 times. In other words, it takes the average worker more than a year to make the money that his or her boss makes in one day.
Wages and salaries for our workers are at all-time lows as a percentage of national wealth [no shit? lol], even though the productivity of American workers is the highest in the world [yep, the American worker is working pretty hard and not getting much out of it.]. Medical costs have skyrocketed. [I get a few phone calls a week myself, I won’t be too proud to admit it.] College tuition rates are off the charts. Our manufacturing base is being dismantled and sent overseas. [Made in PAKISTAN] Good American jobs are being sent along with them.
In short, the middle class of this country, our historic backbone and our best hope for a strong society in the future, is losing its place at the table. [Have you seen an angry man when he’s hungry and is told he has no table to eat from? I have…] Our workers know this, through painful experience. Our white-collar professionals are beginning to understand it, as their jobs start disappearing also. And they expect, rightly, that in this age of globalization, their government has a duty to insist that their concerns be dealt with fairly in the international marketplace. [What? No North American Union?]
In the early days of our republic, President Andrew Jackson [Great man in many aspects…his personal favorite accomplishment from his tenure. “I killed the Bank.”] established an important principle of American-style democracy that we should measure the health of our society not at its apex, but at its base. Not with the numbers that come out of Wall Street, but with the living conditions that exist on Main Street. [ah yes…I know all about Main St.] We must recapture that spirit today.
And under the leadership of the new Democratic Congress, we are on our way to doing so. The House just passed a minimum wage increase, the first in 10 years, and the Senate will soon follow. [And you’ll start seeing that money in two years, over three staged increases, and by the time you get to $7.25 an hour, it will be like $5.15 (or less, most likely)] We’ve introduced a broad legislative package designed to regain the trust of the American people. [Good luck…we don’t trust you.] We’ve established a tone of cooperation and consensus that extends beyond party lines. We’re working to get the right things done, for the right people and for the right reasons.
With respect to foreign policy, this country has patiently endured a mismanaged war for nearly four years. [Yes we know…we’ve watched you all sitting on your hands. All of you.] Many, including myself, warned even before the war began that it was unnecessary, that it would take our energy and attention away from the larger war against terrorism, and that invading and occupying Iraq would leave us strategically vulnerable in the most violent and turbulent corner of the world. [And there we sit…poised to strike at Iran or Syria quite soon.]
I want to share with all of you a picture that I have carried with me for more than 50 years. This is my father, when he was a young Air Force captain, flying cargo planes during the Berlin Airlift. He sent us the picture from Germany, as we waited for him, back here at home. When I was a small boy, I used to take the picture to bed with me every night, because for more than three years my father was deployed, unable to live with us full-time, serving overseas or in bases where there was no family housing. I still keep it, to remind me of the sacrifices that my mother and others had to make, over and over again, as my father gladly served our country. [I understand this anguish…my grandfather was torn up by the Vietnam war, and it was very hard on our family, then and now.] I was proud to follow in his footsteps, serving as a Marine in Vietnam. My brother did as well, serving as a Marine helicopter pilot. My son has joined the tradition, now serving as an infantry Marine in Iraq. [You should beat some sense into that boy…or at least make sure he’s deployed to the rear…I bet you could pull some strings. 😉 ]
Like so many other Americans, today and throughout our history, we serve and have served, not for political reasons, but because we love our country. On the political issues, those matters of war and peace, and in some cases of life and death, we trusted the judgment of our national leaders. [“Ours is not to reason why…ours is but to do or die.”] We hoped that they would be right, that they would measure with accuracy the value of our lives against the enormity of the national interest that might call upon us to go into harm’s way. [ahhh but they lied…didn’t they?]
We owed them our loyalty, as Americans, and we gave it. But they owed us sound judgment, clear thinking, concern for our welfare, a guarantee that the threat to our country was equal to the price we might be called upon to pay in defending it. [You might just know a little something Sen. Webb]
The president took us into this war recklessly. [Deceitfully, purposefully, and with the twinkle of vengeance in his eye] He disregarded warnings from the national security adviser during the first Gulf War, the chief of staff of the army, two former commanding generals of the Central Command, whose jurisdiction includes Iraq, the director of operations on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many, many others with great integrity and long experience in national security affairs.[The current Iraq strategy comes from the AEI report, by Mr. Kagan, it’s in LARGE PRINT…therein lies the difference.] We are now, as a nation, held hostage to the predictable and predicted disarray that has followed. [We’ve been hostage since election day 2000…and before, most likely.]
The war’s costs to our nation have been staggering. Financially. The damage to our reputation around the world. The lost opportunities to defeat the forces of international terrorism. [Osama Bin Forgottin?] And especially the precious blood of our citizens who have stepped forward to serve. [Their blood cries out for vengeance, along with their enemies.]
The majority of the nation no longer supports the way this war is being fought; nor does the majority of our military. [What? You don’t consider 28% majority rule?] We need a new direction. [Out] Not one step back from the war against international terrorism. Not a precipitous withdrawal that ignores the possibility of further chaos. [This is the setup for Democratic escalation…if it becomes necessary to justify it, barring other “unseen” events.] But an immediate shift toward strong regionally based diplomacy, a policy that takes our soldiers off the streets of Iraq’s cities, and a formula that will in short order allow our combat forces to leave Iraq. [So they can get busy in Iran or Tajikistan, or wherever else we need to posture ourselves.]
On both of these vital issues, our economy and our national security, it falls upon those of us in elected office to take action. [It may require more than legislators or elected public servants…time will be the judge on that one, though.]
Regarding the economic imbalance in our country, I am reminded of the situation President Theodore Roosevelt faced in the early days of the 20th century. America was then, as now, drifting apart along class lines. The so-called robber barons were unapologetically raking in a huge percentage of the national wealth. The dispossessed workers at the bottom were threatening revolt. [Wow…who told him that people are doing stuff like that? I’ve never heard of such things…sounds like some Alex Jones conspiracy crap to me, buddy…]
Roosevelt spoke strongly against these divisions. He told his fellow Republicans that they must set themselves as resolutely against improper corporate influence on the one hand as against demagogy and mob rule on the other. And he did something about it. [Settle down, children!]
As I look at Iraq, I recall the words of former general and soon-to-be President Dwight Eisenhower during the dark days of the Korean War, which had fallen into a bloody stalemate. “When comes the end?” asked the general who had commanded our forces in Europe during World War II. And as soon as he became president, he brought the Korean War to an end.
[and moved the boys to Vietnam…Vietnam…Vietnam…]
These presidents took the right kind of action, [Really?] for the benefit of the American people and for the health of our relations around the world. Tonight we are calling on this president to take similar action, in both areas. If he does, we will join him. If he does not, we will be showing him the way. [Strong words, Mr. Marine…let’s see what you get done. Godspeed.]