Thursday, February 02, 2006

Most Telling Moments in State of the Union Speech

The Democrats revealed their true colors in their reactions to Pres. Bush's State of the Union address to Congress. Two instances were most telling.

In the speech, Pres. Bush defended the controversial program of warrantless surveillance of international terrorist communications to or from the U.S. He closed, "If there are people inside our country who are talking with al-Qaida, we want to know about it - because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again." While Republicans loudly, Democrats responded with silence.

From his prepared remarks that were distributed before the speech, Bush noted that Congress failed last year to pass any legislation to reform Social Security. The Democrats rose as one to cheer and applaud thunderously, their loudest of the night. They had fallen into a trap. Bush continued with remarks that probably did not appear in the distributed text. He pointed that the problem did not go away. The Democrats stopped cheering.

To congressional Democrats, everything is partisan, even the great universal issues of Social Security and national security. For potential partisan gain, Democrats will let the Social Security problem fester, and they will oppose measures that protect the country's citizens from another terrorist attack.

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