I had a hard time getting to sleep, so I flipped on the TV and caught a bit of the recorded State of the Union address. (That's where the President talks about the current state of Apath -- er, America).
I didn't listen to all of it, but several things caught my attention and interest. I pulled up the transcript on the Whitehouse website..
"They are trying to shake the will of our country and our friends, but the United States of America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." - George W Bush
Surely no American citizens are intimidated by their own government's alphabet agencies (the IRS comes to mind).
Surely Randy Weaver wasn't intimidated by the FBI siege of his home at Ruby Ridge - resulting in the killing of Randy's wife, son, and dog.
Surely the Branch Davidians at Waco, Texas weren't intimidated when their country's own military attacked and killed them.
Thugs and assassins, Eh?
"For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible, and no one can now doubt the word of America." - George W Bush
Actually large portions of the world do doubt our word now. It's a sick joke, around the world. It was a sick joke even before our most recent military action, when large portions of the "evidence" cited was easily discredited.
"America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country." - George W Bush
Ohh, and where was the threat from Iraq, again? After all, clearly this implies the most recent war in Iraq was to defend the security of our country. So where was it??
"Younger workers should have the opportunity to build a nest egg by saving part of their Social Security taxes in a personal retirement account. (Applause.) We should make the Social Security system a source of ownership for the American people." - George W Bush
Yes, because Americans are too stupid to possibly save for their own retirement. But we'll appease them a bit by saying "well you can save some of it in your own retirement account." You want to make Social Security a system owned by the American people? ABOLISH IT. It's socialism and against everything embodied by the US Constitution - remember that little document you swore to uphold and defend from enemies both domestic and foreign?
"In two weeks, I will send you a budget that funds the war, protects the homeland..." - George W Bush
There were three mentions of the "homeland", aside from mentions of the Department of Homeland Security. That's three to many. "Homeland" smacks of nationalism, which I despise - and any self-respecting American citizen should, too. I'm surprised it wasn't renamed the "State of the Homeland" - maybe next year.