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He couldn’t lay off of the gays, could he?

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.

Every one of those closets in the White House and on the Hill needs to be blown wide open. Listening to him bring up Coretta Scott King, btw, made my stomach turn. I wonder how the thousands of displaced victims of Katrina feel about his remarks.

Just a few comments on the drivel last night…

And we are on the offensive in Iraq, with a clear plan for victory.
I just can’t muster the energy to go over the glorious, flaming pile of bullsh*t he said about Iraq; at this point he’s delusional, attempting to convince some small segment of the population not drunk on the Kool-Aid that we’re somehow winning and that peace and democracy are flourishing. And, of course, he’s going to “stand behind our military.” Troops have all the resources and protection that they need, don’t they? How’s that stop-loss policy working out for you?

As expected, Dear Leader leaned heavily on the use of Terror UnlimitedTM. He mentioned terror, terrorism, or terrorists 21 times in that speech. My favorite section of the night, delivered in his best bogus bumf*ck hick accent:

This terrorist surveillance program has helped prevent terrorist attacks. It remains essential to the security of America. If there are people inside our country who are talking with al-Qaeda, we want to know about it because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again.

There you have it — the neatly-wrapped-and-tied-with-a-bow justification for his domestic spying program. I could hear the Freepi from afar, giving a standing ovation for this bullsh*t.

Aside from the Terror UnlimitedTM campaign, the secondary theme of the speech appeared to be “Keeping America competitive,” while using examples of his efforts that completely undermine the phrase as most thinking people understand it.

* “Keeping America competitive begins with keeping our economy growing.”
Translation: tax cuts are good; make them permanent. Let’s just run up the tab for the great-grandkids.

* “Keeping America competitive requires us to be good stewards of tax dollars. ”
WTF? Leaving aside the matter of the out-of-control spending from the rolling in the pig filth Congress, what has he done to control what happens to our tax dollars? He’s hiding behind the line item veto question; he could have vetoed any of that bloat wholesale once it made it to his desk.

* “Keeping America competitive requires us to open more markets for all that Americans make and grow. One out of every five factory jobs in America is related to global trade, and we want people everywhere to buy American.”
Sorry, bud. Who is buying this? In his many travels to the South, including this state, has he not seen and heard about the shuttering of factory after textile factory, all the jobs going overseas where workers can “thrive” under heinous working conditions for meager wages? Opening global markets won’t fix this problem.

* “Keeping America competitive requires an immigration system that upholds our laws, reflects our values and serves the interests of our economy. Our nation needs orderly and secure borders. To meet this goal, we must have stronger immigration enforcement and border protection. And we must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty, allows temporary jobs for people who seek them legally and reduces smuggling and crime at the border.”
Whatever. Of course everyone wants secure borders. He’s talking out of both side of his mouth on this one — he’s not going to make either side happy with this guest worker idea; the wingers have been eating him alive on the immigration issue. This is the one area where it’s not clear to me that either party has any good solutions yet, and the politicians in those states significantly affected by the surge in undocumented workers/residents aren’t getting any guidance out of Washington.

* “Keeping America competitive requires affordable health care. Our government has a responsibility to help provide health care for the poor and the elderly, and we are meeting that responsibility.”
Good god. After the prescription drug benefit fiasco, he really needs to shut his piehole. This is embarrassing. He’s still blaming lawsuits for the woes of our health care system. He talked about health savings accounts as an answer. Please. Whatever initiative comes out of the White House on this matter — aside from hot air — will not address all the people who have no health coverage of any kind. As Russ noted in his live blogging, Bush is still worried about OB-GYNs not being able to practice their love with women all across this country.

* “Keeping America competitive requires affordable energy. Here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world.”
This almost doesn’t deserve a comment. I will refer you to this: ExxonMobil posts record profit.

Cha-Ching! Exxon Mobil Corp. Chairman and CEO Lee Raymond laughs at you. (AP).

The painful text of the Chimp’s speech is here.

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On the other side…

There has to be a “better way” to counter that sorry-ass State of the Union address.

Since I’ve been Kaine-bashing for the last week or so over his anti-gay BS, I’ll weigh in on Shakes Sis’s poll. Here’s her question:

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being uninspiring but not offensive, and 10 being a disaster of catastrophic proportions, how bad a speaker is Tim Kaine?

He sucked donkey dick. 8.5 (the mitigating factor was the nice setting behind him; the fire distracted me enough to keep me from falling asleep — good choice there, Tim). The whole “better way” of governing drivel (basically “we know how to do it in Virginia”) was uninspiring, to be charitable. With a trail of devastation domestically (Katrina) and internationally (Iraq) left by the man sitting in the White House, this timid speech practically glossed over the level of disaster that Bush has laid at our doorstep. Kaine made it sound like it was just a gentleman’s diagreement on policy.

If the Dem party is going to put up a Mr. Repug Lite, get someone in there who has the much-lauded charisma that would entice the feeble sheeple. He called for more bipartisanship (good luck with that one, Congress), and lifelessly delivered the rest of obvious (and necessary) talking points.

BushCo’s management failures re: Hurricane Katrina, Iraq are enormous, and Kaine barely tapped the fertile ground of the lobbying and corruption scandals hanging over the entire Bush Admin. Any Dem centrist-right fantasies that this “new face” of the Dem party is going to slide into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave should be dashed pronto.

Shakes Sis g
ave him a 9.5, saying the only thing that would have given it a 10 was if Kaine’s “dick had fallen out of his pants to reveal it was emblazoned with a tattoo of Calvin peeing on The New Deal.”Well if his dick fell out, Shakes, that wouldn’t improve things because the audience would then have to endure shouts of “forgive me Jeebus” because his pee-pee was exposed.

The full text of Kaine’s remarks is here.

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NOTE: If you want to read a kick-ass response from a Dem, check out John Edwards‘ speech over at Tom Paine, The America We Believe In.


Edwards’s launching pad for 2008 is called One America Committee. I intend to push the former Tar Heel senator and VP candidate on the civil equality issue, since his stated position is that he opposes same-sex marriage, but he does not think the Constitution should be amended to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

He needs to re-articulate what civil rights and liberties he feel gays and lesbian taxpaying citizens are entitled to. Here are some of the knowns, based on his public statements to date:

* the recognition of partnership benefits
* changing our immigration and adoption laws, so that they provide equality to gay and lesbian couples
* a re-examination of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy
* he’s taken the punt of “let the states decide” on whether to ban or allow same-sex marriage.

That last bit of business has been the Dem’s “safe” position for the time being. However, this is little comfort to those gays and lesbians now living under those constitutional amendments and any Dem candidate for president is going to have to address this.

Dems taking this position are saying civil equality should be something decided at the ballot box, something they never would have said to Dr. King.

On his blog, Edwards praised the life and work of Coretta Scott King, who was for full civil equality for gays and lesbians.

“Our nation owes her a debt of gratitude for all of her efforts to bring about peace and equality both here in America and around the world. Today, we must continue her legacy by working to end poverty, so all Americans have the same opportunity to realize the American dream. We honor Coretta Scott King by carrying on her commitment to ensuring civil rights and justice for all Americans.”

I would hope that he has come to embrace the idea that allowing states to decide to enshrining discrimination into their state constitutions against taxpaying citizens is wrong.

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The Moderate Voice has a good roundup of SOTU coverage.

The Fixer at The Alternate Brain has 10 tips for Democrats: “Since you guys so suck at getting a message out, I’ve compiled 10 points that should get you all on the same page and clear some of the dead wood and RINOs out of the Party”

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Shakes Sis can’t take these useless Repug-lite Dems either. The Kaine response was, as I’ve ranted, an official kiss-off to the liberal wing of the party. The symbolism is clear, for those who think the issue is irrelevant because “it’s just one throwaway speech.” BS.

In their one guaranteed opportunity a year to promote their message, unfettered by media filters and free from the constraints of having to answer specific questions posed by a journalist and restrict responses to clever soundbites, the Dems did little more than reassert their intention to be Republican-lite, sending charisma-void Tim Kaine out to reaffirm that everything the President says is just great and all, but there’s a better way. No matter how much we bemoan the very real ways in which the deck is stacked against the Dems, like an actively pro-GOP media, no one else but the Dems themselves are responsible for making the choice to use the SOTU rebuttal as a platform to distance themselves from genuine liberal tenets.

Don’t worry though — they’ll be coming around to pass the hat.

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