Guest Bloggers on the State of the Union
Several colleagues at FCNL asked if they could join me in blogging about their reactions to the speech. In the next few posts you’ll hear from
• Joe Volk, who says the president missed the basic truth that our house of democracy is falling down.
• Ruth Flower, who wonders how we can review the state of the union without mentioning the seven cities where child poverty is over 30 percent.
• Ned Stowe, who points out that the president treated climate change like a side show in his speech, but it's a bigger problem than al Qaeda and Iraq.
• Jim Fine, who notes that, despite his rhetoric, the president is acting like the U.S. is going to be in Iraq for a long, long time.
• Ann Vaughan, who applauds the president for keeping the crisis in Sudan in the public view but was disturbed by any mention of diplomacy as an approach to world problems.
• Jim Cason, who sees the speech as more relaxed than in previous years but with an underlying message consistent the president’s seven year campaign to empower the Executive at the expense of the power of Congress and the courts.
• And I give an overview of the speech and talk about the contradictions and legacy of President Bush.