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Jan. 13th, 2004 @ 08:58 pm This is a time for American Heroes
The thing I miss most about the West Wing this season is that the writing just hasn't been able to bring tears to my eyes. "20 Hours in America" was on Bravo this evening, and the passage that set me off is President Bartlet's speech following the tragedy of a pipe bombing in a school:

"...securing peace in a time of global conflict, sustaining hope in this winter of anxiety and fear. More than any time in recent history America's destiny is not of our own choosing. We did not seek nor did we provoke an assault on our freedoms and our way of life. We did not expect nor did we invite a confrontation with evil. Yet the true measure of a people's strength is how they rise to master that moment when it does arrive.

Forty four people were killed a couple of hours ago at Kenneson State University. Three swimmers from the men's team were killed and two others are in critical condition when after having heard the explosion from their practice facility they ran into the fire to help get people out. Ran into the fire. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight. They're our students and our teachers and our parents and our friends. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight.

But every time we've measured our capacity to meet a challenge we look up and we're reminded that that capacity may well be limitless. This is a time for American heroes. We will do what is hard. We will achieve what is great. This is a time for American heroes and we reach for the stars."


Yeah I know it's just a show, but by God those lines just grab you. I think this is a time for heroes. I think we have them, serving in our armed services, in our firehouses and police stations, in our hospitals and schools. And yes there are even some in our government offices.

I think it's time, and past time, we got a hero in the white house. Hell there are even folks in the GOP that I'd vote for, but I don't think they'll be running against a sitting President. We're going to need one to save us from the things that have been going on for the last four years.

Education, Environment, Financial oversight and regulation, Public health, Foreign policy and of course there's that little problem with jobs and the economy.

You have to love the President's latest idea on jobs, let's open our job markets to non-citizens. Now on the surface this is a good idea, but in the hands of an unscrupulous person this could easily be used to bring in a lot of cheap workers in any field because "American workers don't want the job". No I'm not going to work 74 hours a week as a brain surgeon for $25K a year, and frankly I don't think I'd want that surgeon operating on me either! Now I know that the details haven't been ironed out yet, but you know I'll be looking for evil loopholes like that.

Ok enough ranting for tonight, I can name names and pick on other issues as the year goes on. If anyone is interested of course.
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