Bringing LIBERTY to
Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, February 2, 2008, 10:30am
A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning
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Notes and Summary of Laura Bush's Address -- American
During the weekly radio address, Mrs. Bush said, "February is
American Heart Month -- a time to start heart-healthy habits, and to
learn about the risk factors for heart disease. These risk factors
include smoking, being overweight, lack of exercise, diabetes, high
blood pressure and cholesterol, family history, and age. Heart disease
affects more than 80 million people in the United States and claims
the life of one American every minute."
How the First Lady Differs from the American vision of
"Liberty Under God":
- Who can disagree with advice to learn about and guard against
Nevertheless, let's step back and look at the big picture through
the eyes of the philosophy of "Liberty Under God."
- "Liberty": The Doctrine of "enumerated
- In the Constitution, is it the job of the Executive Branch of
the federal government to be an educator or policy maker in the
area of heart health? This radio address is just the tip of the
"Under God": Who should be admired? Who should be
a spokesperson for heart health? Why should we listen to Laura Bush?
Who should we be listening to? Who is America listening to?
Who creates better health? Government or business? Which societies
have better health: those with liberty and thriving businesses, or
those with strong centralized governments?
Saturday Morning Radio Address
"Liberty Under God"
||The President did not give the
Saturday Morning Radio Address on a matter of public policy;
rather, the address was given by First Lady Laura Bush, on the
subject of women's health.
Usually we take issue with the substance of the President's
radio address, but there's not much that Mrs. Bush said that
anyone can really disagree with. So we step back and ask whether
The First Lady would be giving such an address in a nation of
"Liberty Under God."
MRS. BUSH: Good morning. This is Laura Bush. For
the weekly radio address, President Bush has handed the mic over
to me. And today, I'd like to talk about something that's close to
my heart -- America's heart health.
Women's History: Wednesday December 31, 2003
When Gallup in their annual poll
asked "What woman that you have heard or read about, living
today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is
your second choice?" the combined first and second choices
Rodham Clinton making a remarkable comeback into the top spot.
Oprah Winfrey came in second with Laura
Bush close behind. Others in the top ten this year were
Condoleezza Rice, Barbara
Thatcher, Queen Elizabeth II, Madeleine
Reagan, and Elizabeth Dole.
Others who've made the list in recent years include Jennifer
Angelou, Barbara Walters, Rosalynn Carter, Elizabeth Taylor,
Julia Roberts, Madonna, Sandra Day O'Connor, Rosa
Parks, Tipper Gore, Christine Whitman, Mother
Teresa (usually appearing at #1 until her death), and Princess
More people selected a friend or relative than any individual
other than the #1 selection, 22% named others not on these lists,
and 31% didn't name anyone or expressed no opinion.
Pick 50 Most Admired Men, Women | Christianpost.com
|February is American
Heart Month -- a time to start heart-healthy habits, and to learn
about the risk factors for heart disease. These risk factors
include smoking, being overweight, lack of exercise, diabetes,
high blood pressure and cholesterol, family history, and age.
Heart disease affects more than 80 million people in the United
States and claims the life of one American every minute.
News - President Bush Declares February American Heart Month
Does the Constitution give the President the power of
transubstantiation, turning February into "American Heart
|By now, many women
who've tuned in may be tempted to tune out. A few years ago, I
might have. Like many women, I assumed heart disease was a
"man's disease." But the Heart Truth is this: that heart
disease is the leading cause of death among American women. In
2002, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute launched the
Heart Truth campaign, and asked me to join.
Heart Association with Marie Osmond:
- "During American Heart Month, ask your lawmakers to do
their part to cure these diseases by co-sponsoring the
HEART for Women Act. Women’s lives depend on it!"
for Women Act - Thomas: Library of Congress
- Requires sexual discrimination and segregation: are there
really differences between men and women? Are there really
differences between races?
|Over the last five
years, I've seen the Heart Truth campaign spread the word to women
about how they can protect their heart health. Symptoms of a heart
attack can be different in women than in men. Symptoms in women
can include persistent fatigue, difficulty breathing, and a pain
in the jaw or neck. If women have these symptoms, they should go
immediately to the hospital.
||Why is it basic health
information is not taught in schools? (Answer: because not much of
anything is taught in government-operated schools.)
attention like a little red dress, so this is the Heart Truth's
symbol. Across the country, people are rallying around that dress.
Women are taking heart disease more seriously. So are their
doctors. And every year from 2000 to 2005, heart disease deaths
among women decreased.
||Who gets the credit for the
decrease in heart disease death? The government?
|This is good
progress, but we still want more people to know the Heart Truth.
Too many women, especially African-American women, die of heart
disease. More than 80 percent of middle-aged women have at least
one risk factor and many of them don't know it.
||Overall, the government
encourages a "live for today" attitude. The government
criticizes us for being overweight, while its budgets are bloated
beyond comprehension, and the future mortgaged to crisis levels.
Government's spending for today without concern for the future is
|Last year, as part of
my work to tell the Heart Truth, I went on the Rachael Ray show,
where I described the symptoms of heart attacks in women. One
woman who watched, Candy Stauffer, says that a few weeks after she
saw the show she woke up feeling nauseated and bothered by pain in
the jaw. Candy's daughter remembered what she'd heard on Rachael
Ray. And because Candy and her daughter paid attention to the
symptoms of heart trouble, Candy got to the emergency room in time
to be treated.
||Who is Rachael Ray?
Rachael Ray's Official
Apparently the next Julia
|Since her close call,
Candy has started exercising every day. She's dropped 45 pounds.
Now she's calling on others to take better care of their hearts.
"My family is more aware," Candy says. "My friends
are more aware." Even in line at the grocery store, Candy
will tell other people about heart disease.
|I'm proud to serve as
the Heart Truth's official national ambassador. But I'm even more
proud of America's unofficial heart-health ambassadors. Across the
United States, doctors, researchers, and patients like Candy
Stauffer are telling the Heart Truth, and they're saving women's
lives. This American Heart Month, all of us can be Heart Truth
ambassadors. Start by protecting your own heart, and spread the
word to others. February is a month known for Valentines. This
February, encourage your loved ones to take care of their health.
It's the best Valentine's gift you could possibly give. Thanks for
||"Back in 1920, men and women
had almost identical life spans. But the looming threat of heart
disease widened that gap. American men now have heart disease
death rates that are 50% higher than women's. Compared to their
married counterparts, single elderly women are four times more
likely to end up in a nursing home.
Kevin Craig's platform:
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John Adams once wrote that the American
Revolution began in 1761, when Massachusetts attorney James Otis
began legal challenges to the Writs of Assistance. He lost the case, but
"American independence," Adams wrote, "was
then and there born." Now do the math. That means it took 15
years to convince the rest of America to declare Independence (1776).
Then another seven years of war was required before a Peace Treaty was
signed (1783), and then six years before the Constitution was finally
ratified (1789). That's almost 30 years. (And Jefferson said we
shouldn't go 20
years without another rebellion!) How can we hope to convince
Americans to fight for principles they were never taught in government
schools? We need to be in this battle for the long term. "Eternal
Vigilance is the Price of Liberty."
The Democrat Party Radio Address:
Manchin, West Virginia
"Bipartisan stimulus package" should be permanent, not
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