Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Jim Webb Kicks Elephant

Crooks and Liars has the video and transcript of Jim Webb's rebuttal to the State of the Union Address. Beginning to end, it's a powerful dope slap for Dubya. A few highlights:

...this is the seventh time the President has mentioned energy independence in his state of the union message, but for the first time this exchange is taking place in a Congress led by the Democratic Party. [...] In the early days of our republic, President Andrew Jackson established an important principle of American-style democracy - that we should measure the health of our society not at its apex, but at its base. Not with the numbers that come out of Wall Street, but with the living conditions that exist on Main Street. [...] We owed them [our national leaders] loyalty, as Americans, and we gave it. But they owed us - sound judgment, clear thinking, concern for our welfare, a guarantee that the threat to our country was equal to the price we might be called upon to pay in defending it. [...] These Presidents [Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower] took the right kind of action, for the benefit of the American people and for the health of our relations around the world. Tonight we are calling on this President to take similar action, in both areas. If he does, we will join him. If he does not, we will be showing him the way.

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