Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The State of the Union

So, what grade would you give President Bush's SOTU speech and why? My personal view is it was a "B." A litte long on the laundry list of initiatives at the end, but a solid beginning. Recognizing the families of fallen soldiers was a nice touch.

What always amazes me about these events is how the politicians in the gallery behave. It doesn't matter who the president is, you can always count on the opposing party to somehow get their disllike for him across. Pretty interesting dynamic, don't you think?

Monday, January 30, 2006


Have you noticed how intense emotions have become on Capitol Hill lately? Today, Massachusetts Sens. Edward Kennedy and John Kerry, unsuccessfully tried to convince other senators to use a vote-delaying filibuster to stop Judge Samuel Alito, President Bush's Supreme Court nominee and a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Appeals Court, from ever reaching the high court.

Kerry said, "It is the only way we can stop a confirmation that we feel certain will cause irreversible damage to our country." Kennedy, in an emotional tirade on the floor of the Senate said, "If you are concerned and you want a justice that is going to stand for the working men and women in this country, it's not going to be Judge Alito!"

I remember watching the confirmation hearings. Judge Alito didn't seem like some wild-eyed, maniacal character intent on setting us back 50 years. In fact, he was given the highest rating of "Well Qualified" by the American Bar Association and supported by both Republican and Democratic judges he had worked with. So what was all the fuss about? Simple. Bush Derangement Syndrone or B.D.S.

It used to be comfined to a certain small segment of the population that believes President George W. Bush is: 1) an idiot, barbecue-jockey, 2) an election-stealing cowboy, 3) a mad dictator bent on world domination, 4) a chimp, and 5) an evil that must be defeated at all costs. They even found a way to create a composite of the five: ChimpyMcBushHitler.

Now, you don't have to subscribe to all five beliefs. Any combination of 2 or 3 will suffice for B.D.S. Unfortunately, it seems to have infected our congressional leaders over the past few years. President Bush is considered by those suffering from B.D.S. to be WRONG no matter what he says or does. Nominate a qualified Supreme Court justice - WRONG! Lower tax rates across the board - WRONG! Fight a war against terrorism - WRONG! Do anything - WRONG!

Although these points can be debated, seething hatred for a politician to the point of irrationality isn't healthy for the average person much less a politial movement. The Republican party found this out, albeit a little late, in the 1990s. The American public may not be crazy about Mr. Bush right now but, they're not about to put people who are acting crazy in charge. Sadly, the Democrats can forget about winning many elections until they successfully cure their illness.