The president?s speech last night was inspiring for the nation, and part of it was particularly thrilling for me. The president made a strong appeal to help prisoners transition from prison back into society.
Most important, however, were the president?s words about foreign policy and the war on
The stakes in
Terrorism experts recognize that trying to root out groups like this one by one is nearly impossible. You simply don?t know where they are, and the borders of this country are porous.
The better answer is the one the president has chosen, bringing to the Muslim world the benefits of modernity and democracy that can produce free societies and free markets. This is the only way to answer Islamic leaders who excuse their own failures by blaming the deprivation of the Islamic masses on the
On the domestic front, the president announced a program for prisoner re-entry. I?m thrilled. With more than 600,000 inmates being released this year, we have got to work to make their transition successful. This proposal is part of a pattern?prison rape elimination, abolition of
The president made a strong plea for the sanctity of marriage, directly confronting judicial activism?the first time I?ve heard a president do that. The people, not the courts, Mr. Bush said, ought to be making their own decisions about marriage. Make no mistake: The battle over marriage is shaping up as the Armageddon of the culture war. And the president is taking the lead, courageously saying the people will have to resort to the Constitutional process. He?s right.
This is an election year, and there will be political warfare over the president?s initiatives. That?s okay. Thank God we have the freedom to do that. But on these key issues, for Christians, the president has taken a principled and, I think, wise position. And he has my fervent prayers.
For further reading and information:
President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address ,
White House historian/author Richard Norton Smith talks about the history of the presidents? State of the Union addresses , and White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett answers State of the Union questions .
Samuel Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (Touchstone, 1998).
Visit Justice Fellowship?s website for more information on prisoner re-entry.
Victor Davis Hanson, ? The Election of 1864 ,? National Review Online,
Clifford May, ? On Offense ,? National Review Online,
Rich Lowry, ? Paranoid Lunacy ,? National Review Online,
Joel Mowbray, ? Increasing Islamic Influence in Iraq ,? Townhall.com,
Robert Pear and David D. Kirkpatrick, ? Bush Plans $1.5 Billion Drive for Promotion of Marriage ,? New York Times,
Andrew Apostolou, ? Guilty as Charged ,? National Review Online,
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