Blog of the Union

This is my BOTU.

The State of the Union is tragic.  We debate the merits of torture.  We debate the merits of illegal wiretapping.  We debate whether we have a king or a President.  Meanwhile, the temperature rises, pandemics get ready to lash out, and the intellectual nightmare of our failed leadership is coming closer to reality as we eat through our credit and our oil stocks.

No, the State of our Union is not good.  And it is worsened by the river of apathy that overflows among all of us.  But we can get through it, and rebuild the moral prosperity that undergirds who we are.  That is our purpose, and that has always been our purpose.

What's your Blog of the Union?

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aol poll pegs awol

the results of an informal aol poll:

how would you rate bush's performance?
  • f 45%
  • a 17%
  • b 17%
  • d 15%
  • c 06%
is the state of the union better or worse since bush has taken office?

  • worse 63%
  • better 29%
  • same 08%

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The Outlook

Whew, looks like this relaunch is out the door (take the poll in the extended). I want to also mention something about the book (to justify relapsing into a post).

I came across a interesting quote today. It came from the coverage of the anti-abortion protesters, where Bush was quoted as saying (1,2):

"By changing laws we can change our culture."

"We're working to persuade more of our fellow Americans of the rightness of our cause."

And while outlining for this talk about the book I'm preparing, I came across this couple of paragraphs which cyrstalizes the situation, from CTG's Infrastructure chapter:
Right now, the problem is that Democrats are mostly playing defense. We're running around defending Social Security, defending the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, defending Roe v. Wade, and so on. Noble and crucial causes, no doubt, but they're not ideas, they're not visionary, they're not forward thinking, and they're certainly not "progressive" in the literal sense of that word, as in "promoting progress." We're basically defending the status quo that is under constant threat from the reactionary Right.  
The irony here is that Democrats have become conservative in our approach, while Republicans take hold of the power of using the government to bring about social change.

It's just that it's telling that we're in the position of getting the challenge to Alito off the ground after they say it's already over. I'll settle for anything different than the same-old-fold at this point, a little drama would do us some good.

One the one hand, it's as if John Kerry wanted to lose one all over again with us, and we were much obliged to make it happen. On the other, it's less than three days till Bush's speech. If the Republicans push for a cloture on Monday and then a vote on Tuesday (so says Frist), then why doesn't John Kerry, if he really wants to make a stand, filibuster right into the SOTU?

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State of the Union 2006 -- Bush links

The State of the Union 2006 parody is taking off just before the real one. My thanks to Matt Stoller and everyone else up here in the blogosphere!

For those who were unable to see the flash animation version at YouTube, it's also up on ifilm and as a Quicktime file here. I also suggest pausing it to let the file load completely before playing.

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State of the Union 2006 -- Hilarious Bush Impression!

Watch this hilarious take on the State of the Union, with James Adomian doing a hilarious, spot-on impression of President George W. Bush!

State of the Union 2006

This should be fun to screen as a warmup before your SOTU viewing parties.

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