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yes i love president bush. yes i’m a republican. yes i have morals that are higher than what most of the world is today. yes i’ll make enemies with this post. but the plain and simple truth is that, as usual, president bush of the United States of America has delivered yet another powerful state of the union address. below are some of the best excerpts out of it, with appropriate comments by me.

“We are living in a time of great change… Yet some things endure – courage and compassion, reverence and integrity, respect for differences of faith and race. The values we try to live by never change. And they are instilled in us by fundamental institutions, such as families, and schools, and religious congregations.”

Yes! Families and Religious congregations! Now if we could only get schools to be able to use the word “God”.

“We must stand with our families to help them raise healthy, responsible children.”

Again, families are the most integral part of society and life. Without families, everything falls apart. Don’t believe me? Ask a 10 year old who’s parents just got divorced if they are happy.

“Drug use in high school has declined by 11 percent over the past two years.”

Wow. Just knowing the figures from my school, that is impressive. Remember the PBS anti-drug commercial “Your brain on crack?”

[In regards to school drug testing] “The aim here is not to punish children, but to send them this message: We love you, and we don’t want to lose you.”

This one is hard to get from text, you have to have seen and heard his emotion while he said this.

“We will double Federal funding for abstinence programs, so schools can teach this fact of life: Abstinence for young people is the only certain way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases.”

Finally someone stands up and says this! It is not pills or latex that helps you be happy without kids and STD’s, it’s abstinence! So start teaching it schools!

“A strong America must also value the institution of marriage.”

Once again, families is mentioned as a key value of a united country.

“Congress has already taken a stand on this issue by passing the Defense of Marriage Act, signed in 1996 by President Clinton. That statute protects marriage under Federal law as the union of a man and a woman, and declares that one state may not redefine marriage for other states. Our Nation must defend the sanctity of marriage.”

Marriage is the union between man and woman. Got that? MAN and WOMAN? We must protect the sanctity of marriage. Thank you so much Mr. President!

[Marriage Topic] “If judges insist on forcing their arbitrary will upon the people, the only alternative left to the people would be the constitutional process.”

Alright, let’s get down to business.

“It is also important to strengthen our communities by unleashing the compassion of America’s religious institutions.”

Very nice, I agree! Religious institutions offer some of the best life-changing help available, as well as offering a more stable lifestyle.

“Last month a girl in Lincoln, Rhode Island, sent me a letter. It began, ‘Dear George W. Bush. If there is anything you know, I Ashley Pearson age 10 can do to help anyone, please send me a letter and tell me what I can do to save our country.’ She added this P.S.: ‘If you can send a letter to the troops … please put, Ashley Pearson believes in you.'”

Right down to the youngest children in our society, I, and millions of others stand with Ashley Pearson. Thank you men and women of the military. And doesn’t that just melt your heart, whether you like the war or not?

“May God bless the United States of America.”

Thank you again for the reference to an almighty power who leads and guides our nation. In this speech, (according to my count) there are 7 or more references to God and religion. George Bush is not afraid to say this, and will stand by his own morals and beliefs that the Constitution defends. You’d be hard pressed to find so many references in many other State of the Union addresses.

So there’s my diatribe on this year’s State of the Union. Yes, I tend to actually get down to business and write in capital letters when I’m serious. Thank you America for making this country so strong and what it is today. Thank you President Bush for supporting and standing behind causes that you and America believe are just and right, no matter what the media says. And most importantly, I thank God, our Heavenly Father, for the amazing blessings and help that He offers this nation and its leaders. May He continue to guide us while we maintain our righteousness.
Good Night.

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NUTS!

December 21, 2004 2:24 am

hehe, perhaps, but patriotic and happy

December 21, 2004 2:24 am

Well said

December 21, 2004 2:25 am

First, who are you to judge if you have higher morals than other people?

My comments to your post…

First you mentioned this quote:

“We are living in a time of great change… Yet some things endure – courage and compassion, reverence and integrity, respect for differences of faith and race. The values we try to live by never change. And they are instilled in us by fundamental institutions, such as families, and schools, and religious congregations.â€?

You said: “Yes! Families and Religious congregations! Now if we could only get schools to be able to use the word “Godâ€?.\â€?

I say, Yes, families are important, and so is religion, but it is in no place BUSH\’s place to push his religion on anyone else. Let me ask you this sir, what if he was muslim and he was saying “families and mosques\â€? what would you say then sir???? I am sure you would do whatever you could to get rid of him. And then you said that we should bring in the word “God\â€? into our schools. If you think that we should use the word God in prayers in school, then your standard should be held up if others were fighting to have the word God replaced with the word Allah…I ask you this…would you allow that? I am sure you would not would you. You would say…”how dare you push your religion and push your god on my child in the public school systems.\â€? So then sir, why would you want to push it on others???

You quoted this: “We must stand with our families to help them raise healthy, responsible children. �

Then you said this: “Again, families are the most integral part of society and life. Without families, everything falls apart. Don’t believe me? Ask a 10 year old who’s parents just got divorced if they are happy.\â€?

That is totally ridiculous. Yes families are extremely important. but what if that 10 year old you are speaking of was abused by one of the parents and without that divorce then he would have continued to be abused! Good, healthy and strong families are important and you know what that sometimes means single parents too! that sometimes means inter racial parents, and yes that sometimes means gay parents! If the child is being cared for properly and is living the life they deserve then what does it matter if it stands to your standard of what a family should be????

Ok then you went on to speak of how emotional Bush was when he said the following quote: “The aim here is not to punish children, but to send them this message: We love you, and we don’t want to lose you. �
This one is hard to get from text, you have to have seen and heard his emotion while he said this.\�

I say: “staged! acted! He promised to not leave any children behind, he HAS left them behind. I don\’t think he knows that it is to have any love for the average american child.

Then you quoted this: “We will double Federal funding for abstinence programs, so schools can teach this fact of life: Abstinence for young people is the only certain way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases.�

And said this: Finally someone stands up and says this! It is not pills or latex that helps you be happy without kids and STD’s, it’s abstinence! So start teaching it schools!\�

My repsonse: it is very sad that you do not know that abstinence only education leads to death death death. Abstinence should be taught, but in conjunction with safer sex education. If you ask the average youth what abstinence means they will say no sexual intercourse, but they will do other activity that may not get them pregnant but could transmit disease. I am sorry, but you are completely wrong here. We may disagree on how we feel about the job the president has done, but you can not deny that by teaching abstinence only, kids will have unprotected sex or sex activity and they will spread diseases and die.

You quote: “A strong America must also value the institution of marriage.�

And you said: “Once again, families is mentioned as a key value of a united country.\â€?

my repsonse, ok I agree that marriage is important, it is a tool that people can choose to use or not use and it shoudl be the choice of ALL people to be able to provide a happy and healthy life. Now i can understand if you were to argue it on a economic standpoint, that maybe allowing same sex marriages to have the same tax benefits, insurance, whatnot would cost too much (though i do not agree) it would be a better arguement than to just stand on a moral high horse and judge other people. You have no right to tell anyone who they can or cannot love. how would you like it if someone one day said to you that you could not be married to your wife or husband because the president thought it was wrong, how would you feel? to have your love taken from your life? And then you agree with BUSH that it shoudl be in the constitution??? the constituation is there to protect all americans, not just the ones who judge poeple for being outside of their moral box. I am engaged to be married, a marrige between a man and a woman, but I would never tell anyone else that they do not have the right to be happy. i am straight and I know that homosexuality is not about SEX, it is about being who you are and living the way you know is right and loving who you are meant to love.

Then you quote this madness: “It is also important to strengthen our communities by unleashing the compassion of America’s religious institutions. �

and you comment with this: “Very nice, I agree! Religious institutions offer some of the best life-changing help available, as well as offering a more stable lifestyle.\â€?

My repsonse, OK i can agree that some religious based institutions can offer a wonderful setting (for those of that religion). I shoudl know i go to a Catholic college. I beleive in god and follow his word. But to say that american tax dollars shoudl go to religious groups is ridiculous, you i am sure would give your tax dollars to a christian based school but what if bush asked you to fund a Muslim school or a jewish school. I am sure you would protest. so again, if you cant\’ hold the standard to all religions then it is impossible. Please sir, think about poeple besides yourself, think about your neighbors, friends, not just next store but in the next state, across the country, we are ALL americans.

Now you mentioned the letter from Ashley. I personnaly think it was a ploy by the adminstration. One that is not needed because we can all agree that we support the troops. I pray for them everyday and support them. That is why i am against the war and against BUSH. he has cut veterans services, spitting in their face. And the troops are not getting the protection and good equipment that they need over there and that is why they are dying. I want them to live, i want them to come home and be safe.

Ok, in your closing, you say somethign about the media, implying that it is liveral based, that is soooo far from the truth, so far. I ask you this, tell me one station or network that is completely liberal based??? i bet you can\’t, they are all in the middle or to the right. i surf the talk radio all day trying to find a station in which people are not directly attacking anyone who is in ooposition to the current administration. But it is impossible. And sad becasue peopel are taken so in by it. Wake up, the media is conservative, they are a part of a huge conglomerate, and huge conglomerates are ALWAYS conservative.

You also speak of BUSH as if he is a very religious man. In my opinion he uses MY religion and MY love for God against me, as well as my love for my country. Jesus preaches about the meek and helping the poor, he ignores the poor. He also preaches not to kill, and BUSH has sent so many people to die and has ordered the death of innocent, just to capture one person. Does it make it right to kill thousands to get one? Not according to my religion, killing is wrong! He may not pull the triggers, but he gives the order, and that makes him just as responsible.

I love my country, i am a patriot, i may not like the president or his admisntrations actions, but i love my country and i don\’t want to see it continue to go down this road.

Good night and may we all bless america and the world.

December 21, 2004 2:26 am

Wow! I think your comment was about twice the length of my original post! I’m glad something finally started a good healthy debate! While I wish it were on one of my photos or articles, I can go with this…..

First off, let me congratulate you on your engagement! I hope your marriage is happy and prosperous!

To begin with, there is the point counterpoint of religion. You stated that Bush pushed his religion on others through the Address. I can see nowhere where he specifically references a particular religion, but instead leaves it as “religious congregations.� Thus, mosques would also be covered under this reference.

My point about the word “God� in schools was not a statement of making everyone believe in Christianity, but far from it. God, in English, is a supreme being by definition, no matter the specific type of religion. Allah is the Arabic word for God. God is the English word for Allah. Dieu is the French word for God. God is the English word for Dieu. Currently, discussion, mention, or interaction of religion in public schools is virtually unheard of. No matter the language you speak, or the religion you affiliate with, I am saying the idea of God should be an option for attendees.

Next the point of divorce. Your example of abuse was an absolute, which offered no other option. In an abusive situation, I entirely condone a divorce, as well as legal intervention. My view on divorce is similar to many peoples view of abortion: While not usually the preferred course, in extreme situations, such as rape or incest, it is perfectly acceptable. The fact is, most children are not abused by their parents, but in the end are harmed by the split. I also have no issues with inter-racial parents, as I know some. However, gay marriages are not something I support, as will be addressed later.

On the matter of how Bush “said� the line about loving children and not wanting to lose them, it is totally opinion based, and neither of us can argue either way on that one.

Your point about abstinence and the average teenager not knowing what it is about is true; which further serves to demonstrate my point. Because schools have not been teaching it, students are not sure of what it is. Abstinence is defined as restraint from sexual relations. Sexual relations include dangerous and deadly activities such as oral sex and other forms that can transmit STD’s. Other forms of contraception cannot protect against these dangers either. Thus, if schools were properly teaching to refrain from any sexual relations, including oral sex, this would be teaching abstinence, and keeping the teenagers of America safer.

On the topic of gay marriages, there is a strong division between the supporters and opposers, mainly because of core beliefs. When one opposed to gay marriages voices their opinion, they are immediately struck down with the response that they “must tolerate my views.� I ask you sir, is tolerance a two way street in this case? Obviously not, as the proponents of gay marriages are not tolerating the belief of others. The reason I am opposed to gay marriages encompasses two things: my firm and basic religious beliefs, and the proven dangers of gay relations. I believe that God set us here on the Earth to recreate and continue his children and posterity. Gay relations do not allow children to be born in such a relation. Sure, one could adopt, or have an implantation, but this requires outside sources that are of straight origins. Also, gay marriages are risky in many ways to the participants. In a longitudinal study (a study conducted over several years with the same participants) conducted in Europe on the topic of gay marriages, it was discovered that well over two-thirds of all such relations do not last, and end in a divorce. This harks back to how children are negatively affected by divorces. Of the third or so that did stay married, 90% did so by the mutual allowance of extramarital sexual partners. This most often was on the scale of 5 to 12 extra partners. If there is not a better way to spread STD’s, than please let me know.

Next, government funding of religiously affiliated schools. I don’t know when I became I became such a xenophobe as you’ve made me out to be, but I would have no problem funding schools of different religions. You said, “So again, if you can’t hold the standard to all religions then it is impossible.� I never said I couldn’t, because I would. This was pure speculation on your part; lets keep it to the facts.

A ploy by the administration? Perhaps, but I do think that there are some honestly caring young children out there that occasionally do do unusual things. As for whether our troops have good equipment, you are sorely mistaken. Sir, when was the last time you watched C-Span? I was watching it last week in which a congressional hearing was being held on the current state of military funds. During this, they discussed the current phase-out of old equipment, as well as the phase-in of brand new equipment, including weapons, and the latest bullet-proof vests available, standard issue. Not only are our troop’s equipment already the best possible in the world and getting better, but also American ingenuity is helping out. A company introduced just a bit ago stick on armament for Hummers, which is easy to apply and can stop armor-piercing bullets.

The sad fact is that American soldiers are dying. This is because of two reasons. First, we are in a war, and second, we are fighting in urban areas, the most difficult areas in which exist to fight in. Unfortunately, no matter what happens, it is impossible to stop a rocket fired directly at a window of a protected Hummer. Nor is it possible to locate which of the millions of Iraqis on any given day may be the one that despises what the US has done, and chooses to take action. We are all praying for our soldiers, lets not discredit them know with false blame or inconsistent accusations.

As for the liberal media, I suppose this is another area when everything is in the eye of the beholder. You say that you can’t find a talk station that isn’t attacking someone against the administration, while I say that I can’t find someone lauding the administration. If the media were a huge conglomerate, then there would be one radio station, maybe two, for the entire US. However, there are countless stations across this continent, with enough competition and diversity for companies to create an entirely new form of radio with over 100 channels from each provider. Doesn’t sound like a “huge conglomerate� to me.

Jesus Christ also taught that no man should be under bondage from another. If you think the sole reason for America’s involvement in Iraq was simply to get rid of Saddam Hussein, then you are missing the greater purpose. While it is arguable whether Bush himself thought of it, freeing an entire populace from the grips of a horrendously intolerable man seems like pretty good reason to me.

I too love my country, and am glad that we can have such discussions. I am thankful for my freedom, my liberty, and my religion. May God, and us, continue to bless America.

Another Real Patriot,
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December 21, 2004 2:26 am