More on the Educator in Chief

Here’s a DOOZY from the SoTU speech (with commentary by and some tidbits from his follow up speech in Nashville at the Grand Old Opry…linked above to prove I got my info from the…horse’s mouth and not Lefty Liberal NPR…

Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research. …Human life is a gift from our Creator — and that gift should never be discarded, devalued or put up for sale.
— Policy justified by religious conviction. I know I shouldn’t be surprised… 2006 State of the Union Address, Jan. 31, 2006

Our state of the union is strong. I say that because America is working hard to protect ourselves; we’re spreading freedom; our economy is vigorous and strong, as well. But there’s some uncertainty in people’s minds. People are uncertain, in spite of our strong union, because of war. And I understand that. I think it is — my job is as much “educator-in-chief” as it is Commander-in-Chief. And during times of uncertainty it’s important for me to do what I’m doing today, which is to explain the path to victory, to do the best I can to articulate my optimism about the future.

The enemy is a bunch of cold-blooded killers that have taken a great religion — taken parts of a great religion and converted it into an ideology that is — they perverted a great religion, and they have an ideology. We’ve been through ideological struggles in the past. We’ve have an ideological struggle against fascism and communism. And we’re in that same kind of struggle now. That’s what’s important for the American people to understand. They have ambition. They want to spread their totalitarian empire.

[author’s note: Re: Immigration/Smuggling/People crossing the border]Now, I’m against amnesty, and the reason I am is I believe if you grant amnesty to people that are here, it will cause another wave of people to want to come.

Let me put it to you in Texan: If al Qaeda is calling into the United States, we want to know.

Interestingly enough, one of the people that I work closest with in the world is the Prime Minister of Japan. Isn’t that interesting? At least it is to me. My dad fought them, and now his son is working to keep the peace with the Prime Minister of the country that he went to war against. And so what happened between when he was 18 and I’m sitting here at 59? I’ll tell you what happened, in between; Japan adopted a Japanese-style democracy. Freedom has the capacity to convert enemies into allies. Freedom has the capacity to lay — (applause) — freedom has that capacity to lay that foundation for peace for generations to come.

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