The Political "State of the Union"

By: Tyler Helms
By: Tyler Helms

"The state of our union is solid and strong," said President Bush on Tuesday night. The State of the Union is a speech that though the years has evolved more into a campaign address rather than a report on the nation, and this year with the presidential election in November, the State of the Union garnered political attention from both parties, nationally and locally.

"I think President Bush is committed to finishing our efforts overseas," said Rick Barry with the Lauderdale County Republican Committee. He was very pleased with the President's speech especially the significant portion that dealt with international affairs.

"We want to make sure when we leave there that Iraq is in a position where they can establish their own democracy," said Barry.

Bill Ready, Chairman of the local Democratic Committee says he didn't support the original reason for war but is glad the President is committee to finishing the job.

"I'm from the John Stennis era, we are there, there is nothing left to talk about, lets just finish the job," said Ready.

The President touched on a slew of domestic issues, calling for cheaper healthcare, emphasizing the importance of the no child left behind law, and praising his job creation plan. It left a lot to be desired.

"He has not done what he should have done on the domestic scene," said Ready.

And then there was the most controversial issue of the night, gay marriages. The President endorsed a constitutional amendment against it.

"I think the people of Mississippi would tend to agree with the President on that issue," said Barry.

I think that the laws in the United States in my personal opinion should be decided by each individual state," said Ready. No matter the opinion of last night's speech they are all divided along one line, as most thing in politics are, the party line.


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