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America First Party
1630 A 30th Street #111
Boulder, Colorado 80301
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Boulder, CO -- Following the State of the Union Address, America First Party
National Chairman, Dan Charles, issued the following statement:
"Last night President Bush delivered his third State of the Union address to
Congress and millions of Americans across the country. This is a
Constitutional requirement for all presidents. While much of the focus of
his speech was on domestic programs, he did discuss his proposed war on
Iraq. American's who love our Constitution, who support the values promoted
by our Founding Fathers, and who expect our elect officials to act in the
best interests of the American people should be sickened by what was said.
"President Bush argued for the need to invade Iraq. Yet, the only
justifications he offered were vague statements that relied on the fertile
imagination of the audience--and the wrongheaded notion that our sons and
daughters should die to protect the honor and authority of the United
Nations Security Council.
"President Bush showed his disdain and distrust for the American people and
the American Constitution last night. He is unwilling or unable to explain
the threat or what proof exists that Iraq poses a threat to us. And, he is
unwilling to initiate discussion about the value of war by asking Congress
for a declaration of war as required by our Constitution.
"Wars result in many young people being sent to a foreign soil to fight and
sometimes die for a cause. Should the mothers and fathers of this country
send their children to Iraq for a laundry list of vague arguments? Should
we sacrifice the youth of our country because we think someone might be a
threat far in the future?
"If so, why Iraq? Because we can? There are other nations that are a far
greater threat than Iraq. President Bush mentioned Korea, a rogue nation
that has recently threatened us with nuclear weapons while selling missiles
to nations where our citizens have been attacked. China has dozens of
nuclear weapons aimed at our largest cities.
"Any threat posed by Iraq, as far as President Bush is willing to tell us,
relies upon Saddam Hussein working with terrorists who would infiltrate our
nation and attack from within. But, the President made no mention of
securing our porous borders. Rather than protect our citizens from the
threats posed by terrorists crossing our border illegally, President Bush
promoted policies that our own CIA believes will encourage terrorists. He
promoted policies based on the arrogant notion that he should decide who
rules other nations.
"The first obligation of any government is to protect the nation from true
threats to its security and independence, and actual enemies of its people.
President Bush seeks to promote the authority of the United Nations and save
the people of Iraq from their own government--as he ignores the assault on
our nation and people."
Dan Charles, National Chairman, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 4
Romelle Winters, Press Secretary, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 2