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Wednesday, February 01, 2006


I watched the speech tonight with friends. The group was made up of 3 republicans, 2 democrats, and 2 non-voting teens. It was a hoot to say the least. I wanted to put a few of my favorite quotes from the address.

Tonight the state of our Union is strong -- and together we will make it stronger.

Same old line....I like hearing it because I remember President Ford saying something just the opposite.

No one can deny the success of freedom, but some men rage and fight against it. And one of the main sources of reaction and opposition is radical Islam -- the perversion by a few of a noble faith into an ideology of terror and death.

I have always believed what Bush has said about free nations not supporting terrorists. I will continue to believe that until it is proven wrong.

Yet, there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success, and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure. Hindsight alone is not wisdom, and second-guessing is not a strategy.

Heh! Refer back to my second quote. No answers or plan from the other side, but I am sure there is a better way.

Everyone I was with paid attention to his words. Everyone noticed the call to throw partisanship aside. Everyone liked the energy proposal. Everyone agreed that the Patriot Act should be passed. We discussed the spying issue at length. The bottom line is the spying program has worked and saved lives. We all agreed that spying is necessary and the laws from 1978 need reform. We should have been tapping phones all along and 9/11 may have been prevented. We also agreed that no warrants are needed as we all thought the less people involved the less chance of leaks.

Tim Kaine's rebuttal was bad. We all agreed he was thrown to the wolves. His better way BS was not received well here on the Birchfield Road. A better way with no explaining of what that way is (refer back to quote 2&3). Same old thing from the left. Kaine should have been honest and said: A Better Way equals More Taxes.

A good, not great, speech from Bush. A bad rebuttal from Kaine. Bad speech, bad content, and those pauses were annoying.

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