Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The state of the union is good

So.. we all listened to Bush praise the Union tonight. The strength that it has. The ability that it has to kick the shit out of any challenging force. Including those pesky libertarians. Well... what do I have to contribute to the conversation? Honestly, not a whole lot. The only thing I can contribute is the idea that we should start thinking about smothering our enemies with care and consideration. Iran has long been a thorn in the side of the United States. If we opened our borders a bit to Iran, don't you think the United States way of life would start to invade? Wouldn't that accomplish our goals? Iranians would start to see the benefits of the 'American' way of life.

What about our goals as they relate the national security? Well... what if we embraced extremistIsilamic fundamentalism? Give them a voice in government. As long as we are hunting down terrorists and trying to kill them all off we will ever lose this war on terrorism, neither will we ever win. All we can hope to do is control the power that it has over us. These obviously aren't totally my views... they are more or less just ideas to spark other ideas. It's too easy to appeal to the violent, aggresive tendencies of the nation. To pump them up with phrases like 'we will fight for our way of life' while talking about soldiers lost to war.

I think one of the things I took from last night is that Bush is in over his head. He makes mistakes. He doesn't always come up with the smartest solutions. But he isn't a complete moron. He isn't some nefarious demon hoping to rule over a barren, ruined world. What is he? Well, he is someone who thinks he's doing the right thing, but going about it totally wrong. He is someone with the best interests of the country at heart, but without the experience or core values to make it happen.

We are suffering because our country lacks a sense of moral responsibility to our people and our world. This doesn't mean that we need people to be more religious. It just means we need people and corporations to act in the best interests of the nation. And that nation is the citizens that live in it. Maybe if we can accomplish that, we could really move forward.


At 4:01 PM, Blogger Ryan Blace said...

Dood... another Ryan Blace!!!!

I used to work in Arlington! Now I'm in CA. How old are you?


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