Monday, September 04, 2006

Here's Some Thing The President Says To Which We Can All Agree

In the close of today's speechifying by the President, we finally see something stipulated to which we can all agree:
I can't help but look at a man over there in uniform and think about our military right now on Labor Day. First, thank you for serving. (Applause.) And our soldiers and sailors and Coast Guard men and Marines and Air Force have got to understand this -- that this country supports them in the mission; that they may hear all the political discourse going on, but the people of this country, the people of the United States of America stand squarely behind the men and women who wear our uniform. (Applause.)

And on Labor Day, we think about those who are sacrificing for our freedom and peace, and we think about their families, too.
Do we all agree with the president here? Or, do we differ here as well? My initial thinking was that we could cross the lines and all shake hands over this one, but perhaps that was rather superficial of me. In particular, I am fairly certain that there are vast areas of disagreement as to what that support for the troops should look like.

5 comments:

Kvatch said...

No I can't agree. The President is doing what he always does, turning a non-related event into a cynical PR stunt. Labor Day, if it has any relation to the military at all, would apply to the men and women who stay behind and make all the things that keep the military in the field. But even that is stretching the meaning of the holiday.

Bush is an idiot.

enigma4ever said...

11minutes of total crap...and the more he used the word scarificed the more I kept thinking about where I live...Homelessness rampant, lost souls wandering the streets ( Downtown Cleveland - 10,000 - my area- and more than 3,000 homeless and jobless). Cleveland is the Poorest City in the Country- 34% living below the poverty line, 50% of children here live in poverty, and I could go on and on....but mostly I have been here 16 monthes and I have watched so many jobs lost and businesses close...
so sad- and most people just trying to make ends meet..and take care of themselve and their kids...and they should not be asked to "sacrifce" anything... And the WORKERS of the country are in trouble, all across the country...

sumo said...

Amen to what you all said.

frstlymil said...

Regarding Bushy invoking Labor Day when he and his party are opposed to everything it represents (and I'm pretty sure Walmart is not holding a Labor Day sale):

Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

"Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country," said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor. "All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day...is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation."

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

pissed off patricia said...

Way off topic, but since I still cannot use my computer email, I just wanted to ask if I may take a rain check on your offer and also thank you very much for thinking of me too :)