Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Words And The Way Out

Transcript Of State Of The Union Address


I appreciated President Obama's words in his State of the Union Address. But there are a number of subjects that he touched on that I find the most interesting and/ or agree with:

1. "We may have differences in policy, but we all believe in the rights enshrined in our Constitution. We may have different opinions, but we believe in the same promise that says this is a place where you can make it if you try. We may have different backgrounds, but we believe in the same dream that says this is a country where any thing's possible. No matter who you are. No matter where you come from."

2. "Because the American people deserve to know that special interests aren't larding up legislation with pet projects, both parties in Congress should know this: if a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it."

3. "Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love."

4. "This year, we will work with nearly 50 countries to begin a transition to an Afghan lead. And this July, we will begin to bring our troops home."

5. "Because we rallied the world, nuclear materials are being locked down on every continent so they never fall into the hands of terrorists."

6. "We have reset our relationship with Russia, strengthened Asian alliances, and built new partnerships with nations like India. This March, I will travel to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador to forge new alliances for progress in the Americas."

7. "Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail, which could allow you go places in half the time it takes to travel by car. For some trips, it will be faster than flying -- without the pat-down. As we speak, routes in California and the Midwest are already underway."

I'm sure that everyone came away with something that they appreciated about President Obama's speech tonight. And different people will talk about a different part of the speech tomorrow.

But I believe that there is a kernel of truth in everything that the President said.

It is up to us, now, to use it in the spirit in which it was given.

We, as United States citizens, have a choice now. When it comes to the Problem List that the President outlined, we will have to do one of two things: Chew On It...Or Change It.

Because, as President Obama declared tonight: "Our destiny remains our choice."

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