Independent Presidential candidate Bob Hargis released this statement on the "State of the Union" address to the Conservative President 2008.
Bob Hargis' Response to the 2007 "State of the Union" address:
Although the President’s demeanor was calm, the reality of disunity, especially realized through rebuttals and commentary in the hours following his speech, was disheartening.
The United is States is grand with diversity. If foreign and domestic policy and social issues continue to divide our government, and cooperation does not increase among our leaders, then we will continue to go into a political tailspin. We must find common ground and cooperation to operate a smooth and effective government.
I would like to use an example, in this case a social issue. If you believe in across the board abortion rights for all cases, then you and I disagree. But I am not offended by that. I am against abortion, but I also stand strongly against those who try to burn abortion clinics, threaten physicians, or use their message as violent propaganda against the opposition. I believe violence fails to demonstrate faith.
So, while we may disagree on the topic, we could sit in the same room and discuss this without argument. Further, we could likely agree on some elements of the matter. We could cross the lines of indifference safely, if we simply do not get offended by differing opinion.
I think this style of cooperation is something our government needs to embrace, if it is going to work together on all matters, including social issues, economical issues and of course, in foreign affairs. This is the only way we will resolve issues like Iraq.
Bush and the congress have demonstrated through their words that they have no real intention to cooperate with each other. Bipartisanship is a far reality with this government. I am sad to say that this will likely not improve until January 2009.