Susan Kitchens' 2020 Hindsight – Listening to the George Bush speech on the radio, feeling mostly heartsick, heartsick for what's to come, I take a bit of comfort that one of the longest periods of applause was in response to this statement:
I ask you to uphold the values of America, and remember why so many have come here. We are in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith. [read the entire text]
But I cringed at the statements about how we're a beacon of democracy, our leaders are elected. And also the discussion of why we are hated, and about totalitarian regimeswhich totally ignored the role that our government has played in other parts of the world.