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Bush on Domestic Issues, Part 2

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Okay, so I can’t even make myself pretend to analyze the platitudes about energy independence and education.

But this…

Bush: Yet many Americans, especially parents, still have deep concerns about the direction of our culture, and the health of our most basic institutions. They are concerned about unethical conduct by public officials, and discouraged by activist courts that try to redefine marriage.

So, Mr. President, what is your solution for dealing with these unethical public officials? Why won’t your release the pictures of your friend Jack Abramoff? Why haven’t you fired Karl Rove, as you said you would?

And to suggest that redefining marriage is more of a threat to American values than the wholesale gutting of the 4th Amendment, authorizing torture abroad, defending a policy of victimizing mothers of our enemies, or creating a unilateral executive betrays a narrow-minded bigotry. The ‘character of our country’, as you put it, is not intolerance towards gays and lesbians, but respect for the idea that all humans deserve rights, and to be treated fairly.

Bush: A hopeful society depends on courts that deliver equal justice under law. The Supreme Court now has two superb new members, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sam Alito. I thank the Senate for confirming both of them. And I will continue to nominate men and women who understand that judges must be servants of the law, and not legislate from the bench. Today marks the official retirement of a very special American. For 24 years of faithful service to our Nation, the United States is grateful to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

A hopeful society has institutions of science and medicine that do not cut ethical corners, and that recognize the matchless value of every life. Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research – human cloning in all its forms … creating or implanting embryos for experiments … creating human-animal hybrids … and buying, selling, or patenting human embryos. Human life is a gift from our Creator – and that gift should never be discarded, devalued, or put up for sale.

Hmm. I wonder why those two paragraphs were connected. Welcome to the Alito-Roberts-Thomas Court, America.

Finally, this gem.

Bush:Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security, yet the rising cost of entitlements is a problem that is not going away – and with every year we fail to act, the situation gets worse. So tonight, I ask you to join me in creating a commission to examine the full impact of Baby Boom retirements on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Boy, if that isn’t inspired leadership in the mold of FDR and Lincoln, what is? After getting his ass handed to him on Social Security last year–by the Democrats and his own party, Bush offers us a commission? Who the hell is he, Ross Perot?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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