Bush uses State of the
Union address to launch Presidential campaign
The lines are drawn
By: David Phillips
January 21, 2004
shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union
and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient." -- U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section III
President George W. Bush
gave the annual State of the Union address last night, which appeared more like a campaign speech than a State of the Union
The speech was unmistakably
intended to draw a line between Republicans and Democrats. Instead of trying to unite the two parties and the nation together
in a show of bipartisanship, his speech was unmistakably meant to launch his Presidential campaign.
The timing of the speech
was no accident; White House officials scheduled the speech
for Tuesday night, only 24 hours after the Iowa caucus, to draw attention from the Democratic victor, a Republican close to
the Bush campaign said.
War in Iraq
began his speech defending his reasons for going to war in Iraq. Bush said that the reason for us going to War was to stop
Saddam Hussein from torturing, raping, and killing people who do not have the same beliefs as him, not the Weapons of Mass
Destruction and Saddam Husseins link with Al-Qaeda and September 11, 2001 attacks that he said last year as the reason for
two points were clearly omitted from last nights speech, because theyve been proven to be lies.
said that the United States does not need a permission slip to defend its self. What hes really saying is that he will continue
his policy of unilateralism, and preemptive Wars, regardless of what are former allies (France, Germany, Russia, and the United
said that the capture of Saddam Hussein has made the United States and the World safer, but just as many U.S. troops are being
killed in Iraq as before his capture.
and the Patriot Act
said that the newly created Homeland Security Department, and the Patriot Act, has made us safer now than before the September
a crock of BS, our borders are still flooded with illegal aliens sneaking in, are ports inspectors are still only inspecting
3% of the thousands of containers of shipments from overseas, are Nuclear Plants are still not properly protected, shipments
of Nuclear waste are being published in newspapers showing the routes they will take, the protection provided, and the dates
of the shipments. These are just a few of the gaping holes that our Homeland Security turns a blind eye too.
Patriot Act, which was enacted after 9/11 to makes it easer for law enforcement to track and locate terrorists, it is also
being used to tract the movements of all American Citizens, regardless of our civil liberties.
Security has yet to centralize its database of suspects linked to terrorism, so various Law enforcement agencies can look
up a name to see if its on the watch list.
then started talking about the economy, saying that the tax cuts he gave to the top 5% of the Nations wealthiest, has turned
the economy around. While theres no denying that the stock market is on a rebound, it has yet
to create any measurable jobs.
are moving there manufacturing plants overseas, which have resulted in six million manufacturing jobs lost, because the labor
is considerably cheaper. Three million people are still unemployed, and the six million manufacturing jobs are gone for good.
said that he wants to create a retraining program for people seeking jobs, which sounds like a good idea, but the reality
is that a 50 year old man or women, who has found themselves unemployed from a job that pays 20-30 dollars an hour, will most
likely find themselves working at or near minimum wage, with or without retraining because corporations are moving higher
paying jobs overseas were the labor is cheaper, which increases there bottom line.
The No Child Left Behind Act The purpose of this act is to ensure that all children have
a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging
State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.
Bush may be taking
credit for the new law. But in reality, his administration has failed to provide the resources promised to implement the law,
and has crippled its implementation with delayed, contradictory and ideologically driven regulations. As a result, millions
of families and schoolchildren across America are left with little hope that their teachers will get trained and their schools
It's no small wonder, then, that school districts and teachers across the
country are crying foul, and presidential candidates are calling for the repeal of these reforms. They blame the president
for a failed education agenda. The Bush administration has indeed failed to ensure that no child is left behind.
Other State of the Union Topics
Bush said he has a plan
to cut the deficit (that he created) in half in five years. Make us less dependent on foreign Energy. The Marriage Act, regarding
same sex couples, the abstinence from sex, among teenagers.
Heroes for kids, saying
that pro athletes should refrain from using steroids and should be banned (which they already are) from pro sports.
Well as Bush starts his
Presidential campaign with his 200 million in campaign funds from corporations that hes given billions in tax cuts and tax
credits to, he should realize that there are a lot more people watching, and speaking their minds, because if hes re-elected
you can count on more U.S. troops being killed around the world, and more unemployment.