Wake Me When It’s Over

29 Jan

In his last State of the Union Address, President Bush started to close the door on his time in office.  The speech touched on the main issues of his tenure, summarizing actual and would-be accomplishments.  That he offered no new bold initiatives for his final eleven months is a blessing.  After all he has brought about (No, we are not better off than we were three or seven years ago, to put it in Reaganite terms.), America doesn’t need any more bright ideas from its leader.  All we can ask is that President Bush not further muck things up before he gracefully accepts his place in the annals of history alongside Millard Fillmore and Herbert Hoover.

The Democratic response to the address was given by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, and it was disturbing.  In an election year in which the Democrats have a chance to gain the Presidency and add to their majority on Capitol Hill, Governor Sebelius spoke with all the zeal and passion of a drug tester at a Valium factory.  To paraphrase:  “We are all Americans. Let’s hold hands.  All will be well.” The Hangover was waiting for the Governor to promise us two S’mores in every pot. 

Governor Sebelius did manage to invoke the term “heartland” three times into her short speech.  Perhaps if she had challenged those nice “folks” in the red-state heartland to examine issues and candidates with critical thought, they might be able to help “chart a new course” for America.  Sitting around the campfire singing “My Country ’tis of Thee” is not going to get it done.    

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4 Responses to “Wake Me When It’s Over”

  1. Scott Sanders January 29, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    Well at least Bush tried to make up for the liberal weinyism
    that gutted our military, created artificial budget surpluses, compromised our national security and promoted the use of cigars that A Fuente, Partegas and Macanudo could never imagine.

  2. Scott Sanders January 29, 2008 at 6:17 pm #

    Can we clone Ronald Regan Please

  3. Kevin Whitworth January 31, 2008 at 12:40 am #

    Oh, how I long for the days when we could have at least an “artificial” budget surplus. Now all we have is actual,
    cataclysmic debt, and China will soon come calling to
    collect. Meanwhile the re-writing of history is in full
    swing. Reagan was a pinhead, barely above ridicule by the
    end of his last term. But after Bush’s scorched earth
    policy against his own country over the past eight years,
    Reagan seems like a statesman. I don’t know what you’re
    smoking out there, Scott, but you need to switch off the
    FOX News.

  4. george in the sticks January 31, 2008 at 5:00 am #

    I might suggest that red meat rhetoric has not been successful in fueling the overthrow of the conservatives the past few years, ask the howling former governor of Vermont. But I admit I have a soft spot for Sebelius, she’s been able to get pay raises for state employees out of the legislature the last few years. Kum ba yah.

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