Wednesday, February 6, 2019

                          TO THE AID OF THEIR COUNTRY

After a century and a half of bipartisan slumber, The National Academy of Science awoke in 2009 to the necessity of annotating  the State Of The Union  address. It has added to this year's 5,000 presidential words 17 links to NAS reports.
Since, as of this writing, no living American has read them all, I have taken the libery of shortening the NAS text somewhat:

Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans:
We meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential. America is a Nation that believes in redemption.

Adolescence is a distinct, yet transient, period of development between childhood and adulthood characterized by increased experimentation and risk-taking, a tendency to discount long-term consequences, and heightened sensitivity to peers  …
We are also joined tonight by Matthew Charles from Tennessee.  In 1996, at age 30, Matthew was sentenced to 35 years for selling drugs and related offenses.  Over the next two decades, he completed more than 30 Bible studies, became a law clerk, and mentored fellow inmates… welcome home.

 I pledge to you tonight that we will never abolish our heroes from ICE…drug detection at our ports, closing loopholes that enable child smuggling, and plans for a new physical barrier, or wall…I’ll get it built.

The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigrationfinds that the long-term impact of immigration on the wages and employment of native-born workers overall is very small, and that any negative impacts are most likely to be found for …

The United States prides itself on being a nation of immigrants, and... The integration of immigrants and their children contributes to our economic vitality and …

This is a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier — 

I know that the Congress is eager to pass an infrastructure bill — and I am eager to work with you on legislation to deliver new and important infrastructure investment, including investments in the cutting edge industries of the future.  This is not an option. 

I am asking the Congress to pass legislation that finally takes on the problem of global freeloading and delivers fairness and price transparency for American patients.  We should also require drug companies, insurance companies, and hospitals to disclose real prices to foster competition and bring costs down.

No force in history has done more to advance the human condition than American freedom.  In recent years we have made remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS.  Scientific breakthroughs have brought a once-distant dream within reach…  Together, we will defeat AIDS in America.

Tonight, I am also asking you to join me in another fight that all Americans can get behind:  the fight against childhood cancer.

To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children…made in the holy image of God.

The final part of my agenda is to protect America’s National Security… As part of our military build-up, the United States is developing a state-of-the-art Missile Defense System.

I am asking you to choose greatness.
No matter the trials we face, no matter the challenges to come, we must go forward together.
We must keep America first in our hearts.  We must keep freedom alive in our souls.  And we must always keep faith in America’s destiny — that one Nation, under God, must be the hope and the promise and the light and the glory among all the nations of the world!
Thank you.  God Bless You, God Bless America, and good night!