In a rousing State of the Union address, President George W. Bush yesterday rejected ISOLATIONISM as a course for America in the world, telling the U.S. Congress, "The road of isolationism and protectionism may seem broad and inviting, but it ends in danger and decline...We seek the end of tyranny in our world ... In reality the future of America's security depends on it...Every step toward freedom in the world makes our nation safer, so we will act boldly in freedom's cause."
Recalling that right after World War II there were "less than 2 dozen lonely democracies in the world" Bush noted that today there are about 122 democracies and that at the beginning of 2006, more than half of humanity now lives in democratic nations. Bush added, "And we we do not forget the other half, in Syria, Burma, Zimbabwe, North Korea, Iran, because the demands of justice and the peace of this world require their freedom as well."
(Let's not forget "partly free" Philippines, which was the first Democracy in Asia but has been moving backwards and forwards and sideways ever since. And what about China? That is where most of that other half lives.)
BABY BOOMER BUST: On the domestic front, GWB stood tall amidst a bipartisan standing ovation on his call for a solution to be found and implemented ahead of the big Baby Boomer Retirement Bust of Social Security, which Bush said would present the US Congress with impossible choices. As a Baby Boomer me-self, I'm glad W. is thinking of my security in old-age. (Though my advice to all American Baby Boomers planning their golden years is : Invest and Retire in the Philippine Archipelago--it's like 7,100 Singapores with a hundred Hawaiis in it and where all those great, beautiful, successful Filipino-Americans came from anyway.)
The White House has a webcast (Windows or Real Media) of the 5th State of the Union Address by US President George W. Bush. I really wish President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo would listen to this speech. One of its most memorable lines is unintentionally but painfully accusatory of Mrs. Arroyo's behavior:
President Bush: "WE WILL NEVER RETREAT FROM THE WORLD AND WE WILL NEVER SURRENDER TO EVIL."
RETREAT is exactly what the Philippine President did in Iraq in the self-preserving case of Angelo de la Cruz, and SURRENDER is what Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is doing now in the case of jueteng and Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz's crusade against gambling. It isn't after all the illegality of jueteng, but the debilitating effects of an economy and morality dominated by the false hope of jueteng, that Cruz crusades against.
President Bush had inspiring words for all human beings, including Filipinos--
"WE LOVE OUR FREEDOM AND WE WILL FIGHT TO KEEP IT!"
Do we? Will we?
America's Interests and the Fate of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
America Should Withdraw Support for GMA's Mob Rule.