"The President shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."--Article II, Sec. 3, U.S. Constitution.
When any man steps before his colleagues and his fellow citizens as the most powerful democratic leader in the world, it is a historical moment, a moment worth watching. Since I was old enough to understand the historic magnitude of the State of the Union address, I have watched, mesmerized by the executive office and the strong principles of the legislature--both Democratic and Republican. Tonight was no exception.
As I could continue on describing my amazement by the constitutional moment I have just experienced for days, I will give my critical assessment of the 2005 State of the Union address as given by President George W. Bush.
I am simply surprised that the Iraqi elections went as well as they did. I sat with tears in my eyes as the Iraqi woman hugged the mother of a fallen Marine. But in all the emotion, never once (and I just heard that Sen. John Kerry is already mentioning it) was Osama Bin Laden spoke of. Never once was an exit strategy mentioned. We have brought democracy to Iraq, but the regime that brought tragedy to our own soil on 9/11 has not fully been confronted and our troops continue to be compromised on foreign soil.
Social Security being privatized is an issue I'm not yet too educated on. I plan on in the next several weeks addressing this from my side of the political spectrum, but I will say this: Scaring the American public is not the answer to justifying spending or the change of any issue. I do not side with my fellow Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer often, but on this I stand firmly. Social Security has a much larger future than the President would have us believe. He said before that Social Security would go broke by 1988-- so far I haven't seen that to be true. Social Security will be a key battle for the 109th Congress.
I will certainly say reinstating the Ryan White Act is an excellent move for America. AIDS research and prevention must exhaust our efforts, but AIDS is not only a problem on our home court. If there is one issue that I stand completely with my party on it is AIDS. AIDS and stem-cell research continue to be issues that keep us politically in disagreement, but for the good of our people require our attention.
There is so much yet to be done at home and abroad. There is genocide currently being practiced in the Sudan. There is great unrest in the ancient lands of Israel and Palestine. There is ever growing insecurity in Iran and Syria. There is a terrorist leader still somewhere in the mountains of Pakistan. But despite all that must be done to bring peace to the world, there is much more to be done at home. "We shall be judged more by what we do at home than by what we preach abroad." (President John F. Kennedy, 3rd and final State of the Union address)