On the foreign policy side, I see an activist government that is fighting a war on terrorism against an enemy we can’t see and don’t really understand. We are fostering a civil war in Iraq that is catching our troops, our journalists, and many Iraqi citizens in its crossfire. And I wonder how long we will sit in this crossfire before it is too painful to bear. And I wonder where we draw the line on this interventionist policy. Do we take the fight to Iran, to North Korea? Do we have to go it basically alone? Why won’t the rest of the democratic world fight this war on terrorism alongside of us if it is so critical to the stability of the world? And why has our international reputation fallen so far in the past decade?
But as troubling as the foreign policy picture is, I am even more distressed by the domestic scene. We have oil companies like Exxon reporting earnings at the rate of $40bn per year. And yet we have no real alternative energy policy in this country. We have federal budget deftcits of close to $500bn compared to a surplus at the beginning of the decade. We have rising interest rates suporting a dollar that is terribly weakened by a bankrupt fiscal policy.
We have senior citizens scared and confused by a market driven drug benefit policy they don’t understand and don’t like. We have religious beliefs governing our thinking on issues like stem cell research and the morning after pill.
We have a goverment that is proud of the fact that it spies on its citizens. A government that takes great pleasure in raising the specter of 9/11 every time someone questions the wisdom of its policies. And a party that controls every branch of government and is once again proof that absolute power corrupts.
I see a Democratic party that remains built on age old foundations like labor and civl rights that are cracking and buckling before our very eyes.
So President Bush can say all he wants tonight to make our country feel good about where it is and where it is going. But it is not going to make me feel good.
I am tired of the Bushes and the Clintons, the Kennedys and the Delays, the Gores and the Cheneys. I want them all gone. I want new blood, new ideas, a new state of the union不幸的是，我认为我在这方面属于少数。