Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Definition of Torture

It's hard to decide what was the most outrageous moment of last night's State of The Union Address. It is always painful -- bordering on torture -- for me to watch a Bush speech because they are invariably filled with lies, half-truths and chimp-like grimaces. Yuck.

I really can't choose among:
  • the claim that criticism of his disasterous Iraqi invasion should end, or
  • the bold idea that we should reduce our oil imports from the Middle East (see #1 above), or
  • the ridiculous claim that illegal wiretaps would have stopped the 9/11 attacks, or
  • his bigoted swipe at "activist courts that try to redefine marriage."

In fact, every paragraph was filled with dishonest and/or inaccurate assertions. So I guess I will just say that the arrest of Cindy Sheehan (even though Bush is not personally responsible) was the most reprehensible and disgusting example of how far we have fallen as a nation in these 5 short years. Please read Cindy's explanation of her arrest over at the Daily Kos.

Of course, since she was cuffed and dragged from the audience, Cindy Sheehan was unable to share in the praise Bush offered for the sacrifice of American families with loved ones in Iraq. The worst-president-ever took the time to say:

"Staff Sergeant Dan Clay’s wife, Lisa, and his mom and dad, Sara Jo and Bud, are with us this evening. Our Nation is grateful to the fallen, who live in the memory of our country. We are grateful to all who volunteer to wear our Nation’s uniform – and as we honor our brave troops, let us never forget the sacrifices of America’s military families."

Meanwhile, Cindy Sheehan -- mother of a slain American soldier -- was in jail. What does it take to wake up America?