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President Bush's second State of the Union Address; critical thinking skills in politics

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Can you please explain from the President's most recent State of the Union address and the Democratic reply what fallacies were present in each?

Can you also please explain what our critical thinking skills to politics might be?

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The solution presents a 1055 word critique of the State of the Union Address by George W. Bush. Fallacies in the speech and the reply are mentioned although there is clear bias on the part of the author. Response to the second question if a list of 35 ideas and comments to guide the reader in thinking critically about politics. It is an excellent source list.

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The traditional, perceived strength of the conservative Republican Party is one of fiscal responsibility. Like it or not, they have mastered the successful ability to promote and stand on this illusion, so much so that, incredibly, there is not rioting in the streets over the fiscal irresponsibility and deficit spending that they have amassed in four years. We are now also faced in this country with the news that our own economy is rapidly being placed in the hands of Communist China through their continued willingness to finance our debt.

Security is but one example. The command of the details and these topics are mind-boggling! It is very good that we all become more knowledgeable about these things, as we become more powerful in so doing. But, I think the important thing that we need to make sure of is that we never lose sight of the central message of fiscal irresponsibility of the other party. In my humble opinion virtually all the topics that we discuss so passionately are ancillary and derivative of this main point.

Another Rove pointer: "Keep it Simple."
If we continue to wring our hands and worry and cogitate over `who will be the one leader that can defeat them', we are simply and mindlessly continuing to perpetuate the "W. authoritative father figure frame". Do you want outside of the box thinking? Well, allow me to tear the sucker up and throw it away! If we are to be the party of inclusion, we must project that leadership does not depend on any one person, either man or woman.

The State of the Union speech given by George W. Bush Tuesday night was among the most menacing and belligerent in American history. The US president outlined a program of limitless and perpetual warfare, on every continent, and against any regime that stands in the way of the rapacious American ruling class

If the state of the union is any guide, all this means that Mr. Bush is planning to run on his record. With the economy rebounding, broad public support for the war on terror and big reforms in education and health under his belt, that may be understandable. But there is a risk. It is all very well claiming credit for, say, progress in ...

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