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George W. Bush Speech from April 2000

The following is the text of a speech read by George W. Bush at the April 26, 2000 Republican National Committee 'Gala', shortly after he received the Republican Party's nod to take the White House during the campaign of 2000. If you 'elect' to read the speech, like George did, you might want to keep in mind whether any of these promises have been kept. (I can see of a few, but sadly they are mainly the threatening ones.)
George W. Bush:

"I am honored to be here tonight. This is my first visit to our nation's capital since earning the Republican nomination. I am grateful for the enthusiastic support of my fellow Republicans. I am proud to lead our party. And I am confident we will win.

We will win because our philosophy is conservative and compassionate and full of hope for every American. We will win because our philosophy is based on the core principles of limited government, local control, strong families and individual responsibility.

We will win because Americans who love our country want to respect our government.

We will win the White House. We will hold the House. We will hold the Senate. And come January, Vice President Al Gore will have one last official duty: To swear in Senator Rudolph Giuliani of New York.

To renew hope in the American dream, to lift the spirit of our great country, to meet the challenges of this new century, we must change the tone of Washington, D.C.

Sadly, many Americans look at Washington and they don't like what they see. And who can blame them? For eight years they've seen nightly polls and daily attacks. Eight years of excessive partisanship and finger pointing. Eight years of attempts to exploit fear and foster division, all to score political points. Eight years is a long time and eight years is enough.

The Clinton Gore administration has been the most relentlessly partisan administration in our nation's history; but sometimes some in our party have responded in kind. Americans have seen a cycle of bitterness: an arms race of anger.

The legacy is cynicism, a generic disgust. A feeling by too many Americans that it doesn't matter who wins the election, because they're all the same. Both parties bear some of the blame.

But it does not have to be this way. We are not all the same. I will set a different tone. I will restore civility and respect to our national politics.

I have done so in Texas. And I've already started in Washington This afternoon I met with a friend, a Republican Senator And I met with a senator from the Democratic Party. We talked about reforming Social Security. I am committed to saving and strengthening it, and so are these two good Senators. I'm not interested in merely talking about reform during my campaign; I want to achieve reform once elected. And I know to do so will require both Democrats and Republicans working together for what is best for America.

This week four Democrat legislators from Texas traveled with me to Ohio. None of them supported me in my first campaign for Governor. They're all supporting me for President. We did not agree all the time. But for five years we worked together to reform schools and reduce welfare and cut taxes and balance budgets. And they learned I'm willing to listen and to find common ground based on principle.

There's a clear choice in this campaign: the status quo, or positive change. My opponent is an integral part of an administration that has waged the same old Washington blame game. He speaks of the "extra chromosome right wing." Anyone who disagrees with him is labeled "risky" or "radical" or "reckless." He once said, and I quote, he would "rip the lungs out of anybody else in the race."

Last week was Earth Day. Unfortunately, for Al Gore's campaign, every day is scorched-earth day...and it's time to clean up the toxic environment in Washington, D.C.

Make no mistake. When I am attacked in this campaign, I will respond aggressively. I will promote my principles. I will set the record straight.

But I will run a campaign of ideas. I will make our case for a better America. I will vigorously promote my tax relief plan so that all Americans will see a real reduction in taxes. I know the projected surplus is not the government's money, it's the people's money.

I will vigorously promote my plan to strengthen America's military, because I understand a dangerous world requires America to have a sharpened sword.

I will have a common sense strategy to protect the environment and a health care policy that trusts people, not government.

And I will spend a lot of time talking about an education vision that insists on local control of schools, high standards, and strong accountability. I know educating all our children is the cornerstone of a hopeful America.

Ours is a winning agenda, and to pass it as President, I will work with Republicans and reach out to Democrats, as I have in Texas. I will treat the other party with respect and when we make progress, I will share the credit.

I will listen to the best ideas from conservatives and moderates and new Democrats. And as a good man said, from libertarians and vegetarians.

I will unite our nation, not divide it. I will bring Americans together. And this is what it will take for our country to usher in a new era, an era that will stand in stark contrast to the last decades, which have said, "If it feels good, do it, and if you've got a problem blame someone else. As President, I will work with all Americans to usher in the responsibility era where all citizens know they are responsible for the choices they make and accountable for the actions they take. A period in which each of us understand we are responsible for loving the children we bring into this world. That we are responsible for the quality of life in the communities in which we live. And each of us must love our neighbors as we would like to be loved ourselves.

I am confident that with the right leadership, we can change our culture so America can can fulfill its promise for every citizen. And I know this begins by having a President who will uphold the honor and dignity of our nation's highest office.

Bill Clinton and Al Gore came in together, now let us see them off together. The wheel has turned. And now it is time to go.

I look forward to this campaign. I look forward to working with you to achieve a victory. Together, we can restore respect to our national politics and give America a fresh start after a season of cynicism."
Here's a Few Corrections to George's Speech 20.Nov.2002 01:36

The Idol

I am proud to lead our party. And I am confident we will win. [AND EVEN IF WE DON'T, I WILL STILL LIVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE.]

We will win because our philosophy is conservative and compassionate and full of hope for every American. We will win because our philosophy is based on the core principles of limited government, local control, strong families and individual responsibility. {CORRECTION: I WILL CREATE THE LARGEST ADDITION TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN OVER 50 YEARS BY CREATING AN ENTIRELY NEW AND UNNECESSARY DEPARTMENT CALLED HOMELAND SECURITY. I WILL GIVE ONE OF MY DADDY'S FRIENDS, MR. POINDEXTER, HEH HEH, THE JOB OF TRACKING EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN.]

We will win because Americans who love our country want to respect our government.

We will win the White House. We will hold the House. We will hold the Senate. And come January, Vice President Al Gore will have one last official duty: To swear in Senator Rudolph Giuliani of New York. [DAMN CANCER! HILLARY LIVES BUT IS A GOOD REPUBLICAN.]

To renew hope in the American dream, to lift the spirit of our great country, to meet the challenges of this new century, we must change the tone of Washington, D.C. [WE MUST CHANGE THE TONE OF WASHINGTON, DC TO ONE OF TOTAL, PERMANENT WAR AGAINST INNOCENT CIVILIANS WITH DARK-COLORED SKIN.]

Sadly, many Americans look at Washington and they don't like what they see. And who can blame them? For eight years they've seen nightly polls and daily attacks. [I WILL GET RID OF THE POLLS AND GIVE THEM 24/7 ATTACKS.] Eight years of excessive partisanship and finger pointing. Eight years of attempts to exploit fear and foster division, all to score political points. Eight years is a long time and eight years is enough. [CORRECTION: EIGHT YEARS IS ENOUGH OF CLINTON AND GORE, BUT I AM SURE AMERICANS WILL BE MUCH HAPPIER WITH THE PERMANENT EXPLOITATION OF FEAR, TOTAL SURVEILLANCE, AND A 'WAR ON TERROR' THAT WILL LAST 'BEYOND THEIR LIFETIMES'.]

The Clinton Gore administration has been the most relentlessly partisan administration in our nation's history; but sometimes some in our party have responded in kind. Americans have seen a cycle of bitterness: an arms race of anger. [WE WILL REPLACE THIS 'ARMS RACE OF ANGER' WITH AN ARMS RACE OF NUCLEAR, CHEMICAL, AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS.]

The legacy is cynicism, a generic disgust. A feeling by too many Americans that it doesn't matter who wins the election, because they're all the same. Both parties bear some of the blame. [NOW AMERICANS CAN FEEL THAT IS DOESN'T MATTER WHO WINS THE ELECTION BECAUSE I WILL STILL LIVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE.]

But it does not have to be this way. We are not all the same. I will set a different tone. I will restore civility and respect to our national politics. [I WILL SADLY FAIL AT THIS COMPLETELY, MAINLY BECAUSE IT IS A TOTAL LIE THAT NEARLY HALF OF VOTING AMERICANS WILL BUY.]

This afternoon I met with a friend, a Republican Senator And I met with a senator from the Democratic Party. We talked about reforming Social Security. I am committed to saving and strengthening it, and so are these two good Senators. I'm not interested in merely talking about reform during my campaign; I want to achieve reform once elected. And I know to do so will require both Democrats and Republicans working together for what is best for America. [BOTH SENATORS SEEMED LIKE VERY SMART PEOPLE, BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY TALKED ABOUT. THEY WERE JUST THERE TO BRING ME AND MR. CHENEY BIG SACKS OF MONEY FROM KEN LAY AND ANDY FASTOW.]

This week four Democrat legislators from Texas traveled with me to Ohio. None of them supported me in my first campaign for Governor. They're all supporting me for President. We did not agree all the time. But for five years we worked together to reform schools and reduce welfare and cut taxes and balance budgets. And they learned I'm willing to listen and to find common ground based on principle. [ACTUALLY ALL FOUR DEMOCRATS HAD GUNS POINTED AT THEIR HEADS AND WERE FORCED TO PLEDGE TOTAL OBEDIENCE TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR AND THEIR FAMILIES' LIVES. NINETY NINE PERCENT OF ALL DEMOCRATS IN AMERICA WERE SIMILARLY CONVINCED NOT TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT MY POLICIES. NOW YOU KNOW.]

There's a clear choice in this campaign: the status quo, or positive change. My opponent is an integral part of an administration that has waged the same old Washington blame game. He speaks of the "extra chromosome right wing." Anyone who disagrees with him is labeled "risky" or "radical" or "reckless." He once said, and I quote, he would "rip the lungs out of anybody else in the race." [I WILL DO EVERYTHING WITHIN MY FATHER'S POWER TO BRING ABOUT 'CHANGE', BUT IT WON'T BE POSITIVE IN ANY WAY. I WILL STRIVE EACH DAY TO PROVE AL GORE RIGHT WHEN HE CALLED PEOPLE LIKE ME "RISKY' AND 'RECKLESS'.]

Last week was Earth Day. Unfortunately, for Al Gore's campaign, every day is scorched-earth day...and it's time to clean up the toxic environment in Washington, D.C. [WE CAN USE MY MODEL OF TEXAS, THE MOST POLLUTED STATE IN THE NATION!]

Make no mistake. When I am attacked in this campaign, I will respond aggressively. I will promote my principles. I will set the record straight. [I WILL STILL FAIL TO CONVINCE ABOUT HALF A MILLION VOTERS, AND ABOUT 10,000 ELIGIBLE BLACK VOTERS IN FLORIDA WHO WILL BE TURNED AWAY AT THE POLLS BY MY BROTHER JEB AND KATHERINE HARRIS. IT WILL STILL TAKE MY DAD'S POWERFUL FRIENDS AND FIVE MEMBERS OF THE SUPREME COURT TO COMPLETE THE THEFT OF THE ELECTION.]

But I will run a campaign of ideas. I will make our case for a better America. I will vigorously promote my tax relief plan so that all Americans will see a real reduction in taxes. I know the projected surplus is not the government's money, it's the people's money. [I AM SURE THE PEOPLE WOULD WILL ME AND MR. CHENEY TO TAKE THEIR MONEY BACK AT THE LAST MINUTE AND PLEDGE ALL OF THAT AND BILLIONS MORE TO A COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY AND ILLEGAL, PERMANENT WAR ON THE WORLD.]

I will vigorously promote my plan to strengthen America's military, because I understand a dangerous world requires America to have a sharpened sword. [MR. CHENEY HAS A PLAN WHERE WE DON'T EVEN NEED ENEMIES BECAUSE WE CAN MAKE THEM UP WHENEVER WE WANT TO. HE SAYS IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE MEDIA, BUT I DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND.]

I will have a common sense strategy to protect the environment and a health care policy that trusts people, not government. [YOU WILL NEVER HEAR ANYTHING MORE FROM ME OR ANY MEMBER OF MY REGIME ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT. IN TEXAS, WE GOT RID OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND EVERYBODY WAS A WHOLE LOT HAPPIER!]

And I will spend a lot of time talking about an education vision that insists on local control of schools, high standards, and strong accountability. I know educating all our children is the cornerstone of a hopeful America. [I WILL BE READING AN UPSIDE DOWN BOOK TO SOME SECOND GRADERS WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN. I WILL COWER IN FEAR UNTIL MR. CHENEY SLAPS ME SILLY AND TELLS ME WE KNEW ABOUT IT BEFORE IT HAPPENED.]

I will unite our nation, not divide it. [WRONG.] I will bring Americans together. [NOT.] And this is what it will take for our country to usher in a new era, an era that will stand in stark contrast to the last decades, which have said, "If it feels good, do it, and if you've got a problem blame someone else." As President, I will work with all Americans to usher in the responsibility era where all citizens know they are responsible for the choices they make and accountable for the actions they take. A period in which each of us understand we are responsible for loving the children we bring into this world. [BUT WE MUST DESPISE THE CHILDREN OF POOR PEOPLE FROM COUNTRIES LIKE IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND OTHERS THAT I HAVEN'T LEARNED ABOUT YET.] That we are responsible for the quality of life in the communities in which we live. And each of us must love our neighbors as we would like to be loved ourselves. [UNLESS THESE NEIGHBORS ARE MUSLIM OR HAVE SKIN DARKER THAN MINE, OR WHOSE NAMES ARE DIFFICULT TO PRONOUNCE, OR WHO HAVE VALUABLE OIL THAT WE WANT.]

I am confident that with the right leadership, we can change our culture so America can fulfill its promise for every citizen. And I know this begins by having a President who will uphold the honor and dignity of our nation's highest office. [I AM NOT THIS PRESIDENT BUT I HOPE AMERICA WILL FIND ONE LIKE IT SOMEDAY, IF MY DADDY'S FRIENDS DON'T GET RID OF ELECTIONS BEFORE 2004.]

One Last Thing 20.Nov.2002 01:52

Idol

I searched the Internet to see if I could locate any of George W. Bush's campaign speeches. It seems that the speeches George read during the 2000 campaign have been relegated to the Memory Hole.

The link to the website page of Bush's campaign speeches has been wiped clean at the Republican National Committee.

 http://www.georgewbush.com/News/speeches/

flukes inaugural spew 20.Nov.2002 02:57

bush darer

President George W. Bush's Inaugural Address

January 20, 2001

President Clinton, distinguished guests and my fellow citizens, the peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history, yet common in our country. With a simple oath, we affirm old traditions and make new beginnings.

As I begin, I thank President Clinton for his service to our nation.

And I thank Vice President Gore for a contest conducted with spirit and ended with grace.

I am honored and humbled to stand here, where so many of America's leaders have come before me, and so many will follow.

We have a place, all of us, in a long story--a story we continue, but whose end we will not see. It is the story of a new world that became a friend and liberator of the old, a story of a slave-holding society that became a servant of freedom, the story of a power that went into the world to protect but not possess, to defend but not to conquer.

It is the American story--a story of flawed and fallible people, united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals.

The grandest of these ideals is an unfolding American promise that everyone belongs, that everyone deserves a chance, that no insignificant person was ever born.

Americans are called to enact this promise in our lives and in our laws. And though our nation has sometimes halted, and sometimes delayed, we must follow no other course.

Through much of the last century, America's faith in freedom and democracy was a rock in a raging sea. Now it is a seed upon the wind, taking root in many nations.

Our democratic faith is more than the creed of our country, it is the inborn hope of our humanity, an ideal we carry but do not own, a trust we bear and pass along. And even after nearly 225 years, we have a long way yet to travel.

While many of our citizens prosper, others doubt the promise, even the justice, of our own country. The ambitions of some Americans are limited by failing schools and hidden prejudice and the circumstances of their birth. And sometimes our differences run so deep, it seems we share a continent, but not a country.

We do not accept this, and we will not allow it. Our unity, our union, is the serious work of leaders and citizens in every generation. And this is my solemn pledge: I will work to build a single nation of justice and opportunity.

I know this is in our reach because we are guided by a power larger than ourselves who creates us equal in His image.

And we are confident in principles that unite and lead us onward.

America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these principles. Every citizen must uphold them. And every immigrant, by embracing these ideals, makes our country more, not less, American.

Today, we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation's promise through civility, courage, compassion and character.

America, at its best, matches a commitment to principle with a concern for civility. A civil society demands from each of us good will and respect, fair dealing and forgiveness.

Some seem to believe that our politics can afford to be petty because, in a time of peace, the stakes of our debates appear small.

But the stakes for America are never small. If our country does not lead the cause of freedom, it will not be led. If we do not turn the hearts of children toward knowledge and character, we will lose their gifts and undermine their idealism. If we permit our economy to drift and decline, the vulnerable will suffer most.

We must live up to the calling we share. Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment. It is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos. And this commitment, if we keep it, is a way to shared accomplishment.

America, at its best, is also courageous.

Our national courage has been clear in times of depression and war, when defending common dangers defined our common good. Now we must choose if the example of our fathers and mothers will inspire us or condemn us. We must show courage in a time of blessing by confronting problems instead of passing them on to future generations.

Together, we will reclaim America's schools, before ignorance and apathy claim more young lives.

We will reform Social Security and Medicare, sparing our children from struggles we have the power to prevent. And we will reduce taxes, to recover the momentum of our economy and reward the effort and enterprise of working Americans.

We will build our defenses beyond challenge, lest weakness invite challenge.

We will confront weapons of mass destruction, so that a new century is spared new horrors.

The enemies of liberty and our country should make no mistake: America remains engaged in the world by history and by choice, shaping a balance of power that favors freedom. We will defend our allies and our interests. We will show purpose without arrogance. We will meet aggression and bad faith with resolve and strength. And to all nations, we will speak for the values that gave our nation birth.

America, at its best, is compassionate. In the quiet of American conscience, we know that deep, persistent poverty is unworthy of our nation's promise.

And whatever our views of its cause, we can agree that children at risk are not at fault. Abandonment and abuse are not acts of God, they are failures of love.

And the proliferation of prisons, however necessary, is no substitute for hope and order in our souls.

Where there is suffering, there is duty. Americans in need are not strangers, they are citizens, not problems, but priorities. And all of us are diminished when any are hopeless.

Government has great responsibilities for public safety and public health, for civil rights and common schools. Yet compassion is the work of a nation, not just a government.

And some needs and hurts are so deep they will only respond to a mentor's touch or a pastor's prayer. Church and charity, synagogue and mosque lend our communities their humanity, and they will have an honored place in our plans and in our laws.

Many in our country do not know the pain of poverty, but we can listen to those who do.

And I can pledge our nation to a goal: When we see that wounded traveler on the road to Jericho, we will not pass to the other side.

America, at its best, is a place where personal responsibility is valued and expected.

Encouraging responsibility is not a search for scapegoats, it is a call to conscience. And though it requires sacrifice, it brings a deeper fulfillment. We find the fullness of life not only in options, but in commitments. And we find that children and community are the commitments that set us free.

Our public interest depends on private character, on civic duty and family bonds and basic fairness, on uncounted, unhonored acts of decency which give direction to our freedom.

Sometimes in life we are called to do great things. But as a saint of our times has said, every day we are called to do small things with great love. The most important tasks of a democracy are done by everyone.

I will live and lead by these principles: to advance my convictions with civility, to pursue the public interest with courage, to speak for greater justice and compassion, to call for responsibility and try to live it as well.

In all these ways, I will bring the values of our history to the care of our times.

What you do is as important as anything government does. I ask you to seek a common good beyond your comfort; to defend needed reforms against easy attacks; to serve your nation, beginning with your neighbor. I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens, building communities of service and a nation of character.

Americans are generous and strong and decent, not because we believe in ourselves, but because we hold beliefs beyond ourselves. When this spirit of citizenship is missing, no government program can replace it. When this spirit is present, no wrong can stand against it.

After the Declaration of Independence was signed, Virginia statesman John Page wrote to Thomas Jefferson: ``We know the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong. Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm?''

Much time has passed since Jefferson arrived for his inauguration. The years and changes accumulate. But the themes of this day he would know: our nation's grand story of courage and its simple dream of dignity.

We are not this story's author, who fills time and eternity with his purpose. Yet his purpose is achieved in our duty, and our duty is fulfilled in service to one another.

Never tiring, never yielding, never finishing, we renew that purpose today, to make our country more just and generous, to affirm the dignity of our lives and every life.

This work continues. This story goes on. And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.

God bless you all, and God bless America.
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b.s. served straight, no chaser. 20.Nov.2002 06:53

this thing here

>"America, at its best, is compassionate. In the quiet of American conscience, we know that deep, persistent poverty is unworthy of our nation's promise."<

>"We will win because our philosophy is conservative and compassionate and full of hope for every American."<

>"Together, we can restore respect to our national politics and give America a fresh start after a season of cynicism."<

--- president george w. bush II


cloak - n. - 1. a loose outer garment. 2. something that conceals: PRETENSE, DISGUISE.

Weird 20.Nov.2002 08:57

LWV

It is strange looking back at pre September 11 politics, when everybody agreed that Bush was a fool. I love to see the expression on people's faces when I say "September 11 was the happiest day in Bush's life." it really pisses some folks off, but neeeds to be said again, and again.

LWV gives an invitation to an ass whipping 20.Nov.2002 10:41

The Black Asp

Reguardless of politics, If I heard you say that Sept 11 was the happiest day in any Americans life, I would remove every tooth in your skull.

Sure 20.Nov.2002 11:24

bov

Black Asp, and then you could be in jail until you were executed by the government, like the two they're executing this week in Texas.

LWV is right, Black Asp 20.Nov.2002 14:44

GRINGO STARS gringo_stars@attbi.com

9-11 gave a hard-on to George The Second and his employers. FINALLY, all those draconian anti-privacy "security" measures could be made real! FINALLY, he would have a pretext for the annihalion of any of those pesky civil rights that keep getting in the political elites' way all the time. FINALLY hiss stock in all the armament corporations would go through the roof and get appropriated even MORE money! If it wasn't for 9-11, Bush wouldn't be so popular, and people might focus on, say, the Enron-like behavious of all major corporations, or any number of the many real issues that Shrubby has mishandled over the years. Remember, George The Sequel is the one prepared to slaughter hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and HAS seen to the slaughter of 3,000 to 5,000 Afghani CIVILIANS. 3,000 dead civilians in our country would be nothing on such a cold, immoral man's conscious, probably equal to undertipping at his favorite five-star restaurant. "Oops... Oh well."