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BUSH STATE OF THE UNION: A CRITICAL RESPONSE FROM THE RIGHT
American people were denied any meaningful rebuttal to the President’s
State of the Union address to Congress.
Predictably, the Republicans responded with nothing
but enthusiasm and blind support for Bush’s statements.
The Democratic response
was a pathetic combination of maudlin appeals to minorities, me-too
am particularly disturbed by the increasing lack
of honor and dignity of Congress in allowing itself, through
mindless pomp and circumstance, to be turned into a manipulating
propaganda machine on behalf of a sitting president.
State of the Union speeches are fraudulent from start
to finish. They
are never the original work of modern script-reading Presidents
(who are chosen more for their slavish loyalty to the control system
than for their abilities).
Hack ghost writing committees mix the dry substance of political
proposals with melodramatic and grandiloquent phrases (borrowed
from far superior writers like Winston Churchill, who, despite being
a deceptive, manipulating globalist, did have real talent) to induce
applause and standing ovations at regular intervals.
a person makes verbal appeals to high minded and lofty principles,
invoking the name of God for support, conscience demands that hypocrisy
and ulterior motives be absent.
When grand eloquence
is used to cover for grand lies, the judgments of God are not
far behind. We have
had three artful dodger presidents in a row fronting for globalist
aims, while pretending to be God-fearing protectors of the Constitution.
It is time for conservatives to stop viewing their Republican
leaders with rose colored glasses and start critically analyzing
the half truths and multi-faceted deceptions that are being foisted
upon them to undermine all we hold dear.
The State of the Union address is the epitome of manipulation
and deception, being specifically contrived for those purposes
alone, and must be virtually picked apart line by line to expose
all its dangerous fallacies.
Here I will examine Bush’s latest address point by point,
including my analysis and rebuttals in [brackets].
Readers will soon get a clear perception of the extent and
depth of deception and double-speak inherent in this speech, and
indeed, in every public address by our establishment-controlled
and I serve our country in a time of great consequence….we will
answer every danger
and every enemy that threatens the American people. [This
is pure bravado, meant only to elicit applause and garner the emotional,
unthinking support of the people.
No leader can guarantee an answer to every danger to a nation,
but the real deception here lies in the true intent of Bush to take
his nation into a war that will eventually result in a huge retaliatory
attack on America.]
all these days of promise and days of reckoning [strange
mix of conflicting adjectives], we can be confident.
In a whirlwind of change, and hope, and peril, our faith
is sure [it is particularly
offensive to God when politicians invoke allusions to faith or God
to elicit support for evil causes],
our resolve is firm, and our union is strong. [Bush’s
reference to a strong union is anachronistic.
The feds have long since removed any potential for state
rebellion or official disunity.]
country has many challenges. We will not deny, we will not ignore,
we will not pass along our
problems to other Congresses, other presidents, and other generations.
[This statement is patently
untrue and knowingly deceptive.
Every president who commits this country to billions in deficits,
as Bush will do in this speech, knowingly passes on the costs to
future generations. In
fact, all of his “solutions,” whether about Social Security, Medicare,
education, foreign aid, or welfare, are doomed to failure, no matter
what their version. The problem keeps getting worse with each administration,
whether Republican or Democrat.]
We will confront them with focus, and clarity, and courage.
[Time will prove him deadly
the last two years, we have seen what can be accomplished when we
work together. To lift the standards of our public
schools, we achieved historic education reform which must now
be carried out in every school, and every classroom, so that every
protect our country [which
wasn’t the real purpose], we reorganized our government and
created the Department of Homeland
Security which is mobilizing against the threats of a new era.
fact, it is preparing to mobilize against the inevitable domestic
backlash from constitutional conservatives and civil libertarians
to this new form of federal tyranny.]
To bring our economy out of recession, we delivered the largest
tax relief in a generation. [This
obviously didn’t achieve Bush’s stated purpose, though I believe
it is helpful.] To
insist on integrity in American business, we passed tough reforms,
and we are holding corporate
criminals to account. [This
is an outright falsehood.
No one of any significance has been prosecuted.
All the big fish, such as Enron chief Ken Lay and other executives
at Global Crossing and WorldCom, have been protected from meaningful
prosecution — because they are among the insiders to a secret government-corporation
partnership for global governance.]
might call this a good record. I call it a good start [a
pack of lies and half truths would be more accurate]. … We must
have an economy that
grows fast enough to employ every man and woman who seeks a job.
[Actually, labor is always
in short supply even during a depression, though this fact is masked
by the artificial surplus of labor created by the forced maintenance
of abnormally high wages.
Thus the problem is more accurately a matter of not enough
high paying jobs, because the economy is contracting from an
ongoing cycle of government-induced excess.
If wages were allowed to contract along with the economy,
the labor surplus would quickly disappear, and recovery would be
recession, terrorist attacks, corporate scandals, and stock market
declines, our economy is
recovering [not true
according to most government data] – yet it is not growing fast
enough, or strongly enough. With unemployment rising [a
contradiction of his statement on recovery], our Nation needs
more small businesses to open, more companies to invest and expand,
more employers to put up the sign that says, Help Wanted.
[As I pointed out
in a recent brief, the single biggest inhibition to hiring new people
is the government-imposed costs of employment — taxes, Social Security,
withholding, insurance, unemployment compensation.
These costs are particularly restrictive to individual entrepreneurs
looking to expand their operations and hire employees.
There are millions who could hire, but won’t do so due to
the high cost of regulation.
The Bush plan does nothing here.]
are created when the economy grows [circular
reasoning]; the economy grows when Americans have more money
to spend and invest [this is a Keynesian
idea. In truth, the
economy grows when people make more than they consume, in real terms.
Inflation of the money supply by government provides the
illusion that people have more money to spend and invest, but that
illusion is always temporary and is detrimental to long-term economic
growth]; and the best, fairest way to make sure Americans have
that money is not to tax it away in the first place [true—but
Bush wants it both ways: cut taxes and raise spending on a massive
scale. So, it’s a lie
that he doesn’t intend to pass our problems down to the next generation].
tax relief is for everyone
who pays income taxes and it will help our economy immediately.
[It will not in itself lead
to economic recovery, but will merely slow the continued contraction.
However, this is good, because the longer a severe collapse is avoided,
the more time the economy has to adjust to reality.] If this
tax relief is good for Americans three, or five, or seven years
from now, it is even better for Americans today [true
also strengthen the economy by
treating investors equally in our tax laws.
[It’s not just investors
that should be treated fairly, but all taxpayers.
It is grossly unjust that the top 50% of taxpayer pay over
90% of all taxes.] It is fair to tax a company's profits. It
is not fair to again tax the shareholder on the same profits [absolutely
taxes and greater investment will help this economy expand [true].
More jobs means more taxpayers and higher revenues to our government.
[This is a socialist
view and should never be a legitimate goal of government.
The proper goal of government taxation should be to extract
from the private economy the least amount possible to satisfy its
mandate to defend fundamental rights.]
The best way to address the deficit and move toward a balanced
budget is to encourage economic growth and to show some spending
growing economy, and a focus on essential priorities, will also
be crucial to the future of
Social Security. [Yes,
Bush wants economic growth to help postpone the inevitable death
of the SS Ponzi scheme. The
SS system pays out too much to current beneficiaries and will at
some point go bankrupt to the detriment of future beneficiaries.
Even so, no
second goal is high quality, affordable
health care for all Americans. [Affordable
health care in
American system of medicine
is a model of skill and innovation with a pace of discovery that
is adding good years to our lives. [This
is only partly true. A
good portion of the longevity achieved by Americans is being enjoyed
by the full third of Americans who are turning to better nutrition,
vitamins, minerals, herbs and alternative therapies to achieve better
health. Those who stay
within the established system become ever more dependent upon drug
therapies which all have deleterious side effects.]
Yet for many people, medical care costs too much [it
costs too much for everybody!]
and many have no coverage at all [there
should be – but is not – a clear distinction made between those
who want medical coverage but can’t afford it, and those who
choose not to purchase establishment medical coverage but to
rely on nutrition and alternative therapies to address the majority
of their health issues]. These problems will not be solved with
a nationalized health care system that dictates coverage and rations
care [true, but what Bush
is proposing will result in the same type of control, while avoiding
the term “nationalized care”].
Instead, we must work toward a system in which all Americans have
a good insurance policy [this
is very deceptive. Insurance
companies are where the control occurs.
They almost always refuse to pay for anything outside the
establishment system — even when its cheaper], choose their
own doctors [he isn’t including
alternative practitioners here], and seniors and low-income
Americans receive the help they need [more
welfare socialism, and more spending — in the billions].
care reform must begin with Medicare, because Medicare
is the binding commitment of a caring society. [Yes,
Medicare is binding, but it is morally wrong!
It is the bondage commitment for a society becoming ever
more socialist. In
contrast, the hallmark of a caring, free society is voluntary charity
hospitals.] We must renew that commitment by giving seniors
access to the preventive medicine and new drugs that are transforming
health care in
happy with the current Medicare system should be able to keep their
coverage just the way it is. [This
is simply a political sop to quell any potential discontent from
Seniors too fearful of changing proposals.
Seniors have become the single biggest welfare corrupted
voting block. The Bush
speech writers wanted to make sure there wouldn’t be any backlash
here.] And just like you, the members of Congress, members of
your staffs, and other federal employees, all seniors should have
the choice of a health care plan that provides prescription drugs.
If the public knew what kind of perks Congressmen have in
terms of cradle to grave pensions and healthcare — without having
to pay for SS — they would be outraged in comparison.]
My budget will commit an additional $400 billion over the
next decade to reform and strengthen Medicare.
[This amount is grossly
understated, as are all socialist foot-in-the-door programs.
Eventually everyone will demand subsidized drug prices and
the cost to taxpayers will go up to astronomical proportions.]
one has ever been healed by a frivolous lawsuit and I urge the Congress
to pass medical liability
reform. [The problem
isn’t frivolous lawsuits, which are very few.
Most medical lawsuits are based on real damage to people
done by doctors making mistakes or by the damaging side effects
of drugs. Just as Bush
has been pushing for immunity for vaccine manufacturers, he wants
limited immunity for the establishment medical community as well.
I do not favor giving any sector blanket immunity from liability,
though there ought to be limitations on obscenely high damage awards.
The way juries are selected now, only the most manipulable
persons are chosen to pass judgment on a case.
The judicial system has written its own (unconstitutional)
rules about jury selection, and has given judges too much power
to control what juries may decide.]
third goal is to promote energy independence for our country, while
dramatically improving the environment.
I have sent you Clear
Skies legislation that mandates a 70 percent cut in air pollution
from power plants over the next 15 years. [I’m
skeptical. Power plants
are already very clean and represent a very small fraction of air
pollution. I think
he’s driving at pacifying the global warning crowd by including
carbon dioxide in this list of “pollutants”.]
have sent you a Healthy
Forests Initiative, to help prevent the catastrophic fires that
devastate communities, kill wildlife, and burn away millions of
acres of treasured forest. [If
he is talking about emphasizing good logging practices, I’m all
for it. Forests are
meant to be harvested and renewed over time.
But I think he is hiding something.
His forest service bureaucrats were responsible for much
of the damage caused by fires last year, because of their refusals
to allow private contractors to help put out fires free of charge.
Now, bureaucrats in the Department of the Interior are still
refusing to allow logging companies to log burned out forest areas—a
practice that has added insult to injury in the devastation wrought
upon the land. The
standing, limbless trees are simply left to rot.
The radical environmental movement still controls most of
these bureaucratic positions in government, and Bush has used none
of his executive authority to cause these departments to change
I am proposing 1.2 billion dollars in research funding so that
so many in our country – the homeless, the fatherless, the addicted
– the need is great. Yet there is power, wonder-working power,
in the goodness and idealism
and faith of the American people. [I
tire of Bush continually confusing “the power of goodness, idealism
and faith” with government coercive taxation to fund more welfare
schemes. This is not
charity. This is confiscation
at the point of a gun.]
are doing the work of compassion every day visiting prisoners, providing
shelter to battered women, bringing companionship to lonely seniors.
These good works deserve our praise; they deserve our personal support;
and, when appropriate, they deserve the assistance of our government.
[I’ve never seen an instant
when Bush didn’t think it appropriate to insert government into
the ever more controlling equation.] I propose a $450 million
initiative to bring mentors to more than a million disadvantaged
junior high students and children of prisoners. [I
can’t think of a more inappropriate and unconstitutional venue for
government (which has a self-declared mandate to push non-discrimination
in hiring) than to provide bureaucratically selected and trained
“mentors” for disadvantaged children.
You all know where this will lead.]
cause of hopelessness is addiction to drugs.… Too many Americans
in search of treatment cannot get it. So tonight I propose a new
$600 million program to help an additional 300,000 Americans
receive treatment over the next three years. [So
we spend billions on a fruitless effort to stop drug trafficking,
even though the government is deeply involved in the trade, and
now the taxpayer is required to fund treatment?
Again, this program both fails to solve the problem, and
transfers billions of taxpayer dollars to the purveyors of false
qualities of courage and compassion that we strive for in
American flag stands for more than our power and our interests.
[The flag doesn’t
stand for our power and interests, but rather for the cause of liberty
of the original 13 colonies.]
Our Founders dedicated this country to the cause of human
dignity, the rights of every person, and the possibilities of every
life. [This is a devious
interpretation heading his listeners toward embracing a policy of
globalist intervention — which the founders soundly rejected.]
This conviction leads us into the world to help the afflicted,
and defend the peace, and confound the designs of evil men. [Yes,
as individuals, but certainly not on a national scale as global
cop, harnessing others’ wealth to overthrow governments not a direct
threat to American liberty.]
are whole countries in
and gentlemen, seldom has history offered a greater opportunity
to do so much for so many. [This
is a borrowing from Churchill’s famous words concerning the British
pilots who defended
this Nation is leading the world in confronting and defeating the
man-made evil of international
date we have arrested, or otherwise dealt with, many key commanders
of al Qaeda. [These
are pronouncements without any independent verification.
We know nothing about al Qaeda except what the
are working closely with other nations to prevent further attacks.
have the terrorists on the run, and we are keeping them on the run.
One by one, the terrorists are learning the meaning of American
justice. [Sadly, terrorists
are not on the run, but are still free to grow and continue operations.
Terrorism in the
government is taking unprecedented
measures to protect our people and defend our homeland. [Unprecedented,
yes — but not to protect!
The core elements of the
ask you tonight to add to our future security with a major research
and production effort to guard our people against bio-terrorism,
called Project Bioshield.
[This must be another pro-vaccine
funding boondoggle that will generate billions for insider vaccine
companies (already granted blanket immunity for their questionable
work). Different strains
of bio-toxins are manufactured constantly.
There is no way any of the vaccines on the market today are
going to be effective against the full range of changing toxins.]
am instructing the leaders of the FBI, Central Intelligence, Homeland
Security, and the Department of Defense to develop a Terrorist
Threat Integration Center, to merge and analyze all threat information
in a single location. [He
forgot to mention one of the main components of this new organ:
Awareness Office (IAO), the new and dangerous domestic surveillance
arm of government.]
the ruins of two towers, at the western wall of the Pentagon, on
a field in Pennsylvania, this Nation made a pledge, and we renew
that pledge tonight: Whatever the duration of this struggle, and
whatever the difficulties, we will not permit the triumph of violence
in the affairs of men – free people will set the course of history.
[This is simply more bravado
coupled with an applause generator.
They are hollow words of doubtful integrity in light of what
we know about US government foreknowledge of and failure to respond
the gravest danger in the war on terror, the gravest danger facing
the 20th century, small groups of men seized control of great nations
[through the deliberate assistance
in this century, the ideology
of power and domination has appeared again [furthering
the lie that Communism has been defeated, and that our only threat
is rogue dictators], and seeks to gain the ultimate weapons
of terror. Once again,
this Nation and our friends are all that stand between a world at
peace, and a world of chaos and constant alarm [No,
the major threat to peace in the world today is the competition
for global control between the “continuing Soviets” (Russia/China
axis) and the
are working with other governments to secure nuclear
materials in the former
the course of this Nation does not depend on the decisions of others.
[This is exactly the opposite
of what his administration said the day after this speech relative
threats require different strategies [an
excuse justifying inconsistencies in foreign policy]. In
the Korean peninsula,
an oppressive regime rules a people living in fear and starvation
[with the help of continued
Nation and the world must learn the lessons of the Korean peninsula,
and not allow an even greater threat to rise up in
years ago, Saddam Hussein
faced the prospect of being the last casualty in a war he had started
and lost. To spare himself, he agreed to disarm of all weapons of
mass destruction. [No—it
United Nations concluded [guessed]
in 1999 that Saddam Hussein had
biological weapons materials sufficient to produce over 25,000
liters of anthrax … [and] 38,000 liters of botulinum
toxin… Our intelligence officials estimate [worst
case scenario guesses] that Saddam Hussein had the materials
to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard, and VX nerve agent.
[Some of these estimates
are based on the knowledge that the
three Iraqi defectors we know that
from intelligence sources, secret communications, and statements
by people now in custody, reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects
terrorists, including members of al Qaeda. [This
is highly speculative given that Hussein is an anti-Moslem fundamentalist.
Hussein most likely knows better than most that al Qaeda
is US funded and controlled (at the Osama bin Laden level) and would
have every motive not to get deeply involved with this snake trap.]
a long litany of scar mongering and recitations of Saddam’s brutality
(which occurred while the
tonight I have a message for the brave and oppressed people of
the armed forces he
flatters:] Your honor will guide you. You believe in
seek peace. We strive
for peace. [Talk is cheap.
Your actions belie what you say.]
And sometimes peace must be defended. A future lived at the
mercy of terrible threats is no peace at all. If
war is forced upon us [it
takes real gall to put it that way—especially when Bush steadfastly
refuses to abide by the constitutional restriction against going
to war without a specific declaration by Congress.], we will
fight in a just cause and by just means – sparing, in every way
we can, the innocent. [We
shall see. Or perhaps
we won’t. The
are a free people [only partially,
and our freedoms are diminishing each year], who know that freedom
is the right of every person and the future of every nation.
The liberty we prize is not
Americans have faith in ourselves but not in ourselves alone. We
do not claim to know all the ways of
© 2003 Joel Skousen - All Rights Reserved
Joel Skousen is political scientist by training, and currently editor-in-chief of the World Affairs Brief www.joelskousen.com
"I have sent you a Healthy Forests Initiative, to help prevent the catastrophic fires that devastate communities, kill wildlife, and burn away millions of acres of treasured forest. [If he is talking about emphasizing good logging practices, I’m all for it. Forests are meant to be harvested and renewed over time. But I think he is hiding something. His forest service bureaucrats were responsible for much of the damage caused by fires last year, because of their refusals to allow private contractors to help put out fires free of charge."