The State of the State of the Union, Hah

We’ll first note I’m the first to ever use the above joke.

Meteor Blades writes about the State of the Union.

I’ll be tempted to violate my advice above and turn on the tube. Because I’d like to see how many Democrats (and how often) give that man more than pro forma applause.

I don’t mean to be too harsh. But there are times when I’d like to see them sitting on their hands. Frankly, I’d like to see them booing on occasion, but that’s too much to hope for even though this will be that man’s first campaign speech of 2004. Congressional Democrats should remember tonight that they are the Opposition party and that all the pomp and hoopla attending this formal affair is electioneering by that man on the taxpayers’ dime.

I love it when liberals complain about taxes being spent on things that they don’t care about, but don’t realize that they do the same thing to Republicans.

Chai Latte on the State of the Union.

Kinda flat. Terror, terror, terror, laundry list of domestic money spending schemes, terror, terror, terror. And steroids and athletes. S’up with that? Well, at least the camera people zoomed in on Tom Brady during that part of the speech. No more sunday stubble.

The New York Times’ transcript of the State of the Union address.

Shelley Powers has a “Citizen’s Response” to the State of the Union.

But it was a life affirming moment when I realized that I didn’t have to make a reasoned response. I am not a Journalist, no not even a wannabe one. I am not an elected official or member of the goverment or candidate for office. I am a regular person, nobody of any importance, and as such I can take all that massive swirling heaving, maelstorm in my brain and literally paint this page with it — and it’s okay! Because I am a Citizen.

Our greatest responsibility is the active defense of the American people. Twenty-eight months have passed since September the 11th, 2001…

Twenty-eight months? Why stop there? Over seven years have passed since Timothy McVeigh decided to ‘teach the government a lesson’ and blew up a Federal building in Oklahoma. Over forty years have gone by since the Russians tried to ship nuclear missles over to Cuba. And over sixty years have passed since the Attack on Pearl Harbor.

A note: It was my understanding that the President is to protect the Constitution. The people can protect themselves, the law and the spirit of the Nation can’t.

Aaron Swartz has a “shorter State of the Union” for Citizens on the Go.

BUSH: America is good. Soldiers and law enforcement are making America safer. Tax cuts are making America stronger. We need more!

Terrorists are bad and still here. But the PATRIOT Act is good, renew it. Afghanistan is good now. Iraq is good now. There are bad people in the shadows, but they don’t scare us. Libya is destroying their WMDs, we sure scared them. Now for North Korea and Iran.

Brad DeLong points to Objectionable Content who reminds us: “Words Not Heard in the President’s State of the Union Address – Osama Bin Laden.”

The Binary Circumstance writes about the State of the Union with regards to Bush’s proposal of protection of marriage.

What did the sanctity of marriage do for George W. Bush? He used to be a relatively harmless, pampered, coke-snorting, alcoholic, frat boy. He marries Laura the Librarian, gets a personal relationship with Jesus and now he’s a liar and a mass murderer who has killed thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians.

The Burning Bush’s death toll far exceeds the number of people that Osama Bin Laden killed in the WTC attack. That’s just another inconvenient bit of evidence that we would all like to ignore so that we can feel superior.

Another choice comment related to this:

If the Burning Bush really believed that each individual has dignity and value in God’s sight, then it follows that God determines their value, not the Burning Bush, the courts, or mob rule, or Constitutional Amendments. But alas, this is not a rational man we’re dealing with here.

Carly comments on the Democrats during the State of the Union.

But then we got to the portion of the evening when I, literally, had to move away from throwable objects in order to avoid tossing them at the screen of our television. Most notably the money he wants to dedicate to abstinence programs, his praise of No Child Left Behind, and (URGH) the rhetoric on the sanctity of marriage.

Then they cut to a shot of Rick Santorum and I nearly lost it.

I was pretty riled up. Yelling at the screen and all. Cleared my living room of apartmentmates — they were frightened I think by my rebuttals.

Nancy Pelosi — I love you, but you look a little scary giving rehearsed speeches.

I think Ted Kennedy is my hero of the night, mostly because he was the one that (at least CNN) was cutting to as a figurehead of the Democratic party when they wouldn’t stand for an ovation or something. I think it’s awesome that he’s so entrenched in his seat that he doens’t have to worry quite as much about politics anymore and can say whatever he wants. He doesn’t represent me, but I loved seeing Senator Kennedy down on the floor shaking his head in disbelief at some of the things that were being said. Made my evening.