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  • To burn that flag in protest.

  • Now, show me that. Defend that.

  • Celebrate that in your classrooms,

  • Then you can stand up and sing

  • About the land of the free.

  • I've known bob rumson for years,

  • And I've been operating under the assumption

  • That the reason bob devotes so much time and energy

  • To shouting at the rain

  • Was that he simply didn't get it.

  • Well, I was wrong.

  • Bob's problem isn't that he doesn't get it.

  • Bob's problem is that he can't sell it.

  • We have serious problems to solve,

  • And we need serious people to solve them.

  • And whatever your particular problem is,

  • I promise you

  • Bob rumson is not the least bit interested

  • In solving it.

  • He is interested in 2 things

  • And 2 things only--

  • Making you afraid of it

  • And telling you who's to blame for it.

  • That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.

  • You gather a group of middle-aged, middle class,

  • Middle-income voters

  • Who remember with longing an easier time,

  • And you talk to them about family

  • And american values and character.

  • Then you wave an old photo

  • Of the president's girlfriend,

  • And you scream about patriotism.

  • You tell them she's to blame for their lot in life,

  • And you go on television,

  • And you call her a whore.

  • Sydney ellen wade has done nothing to you, bob.

  • She has done nothing

  • But put herself through school,

  • Represent the interests of public school teachers,

  • And lobby for the safety of our natural resources.

  • You want a character debate, bob?

  • You better stick with me,

  • Because sydney ellen wade is way out of your league.

  • I've loved 2 women in my life.

  • I lost one to cancer...

  • And I lost the other

  • Because I was so busy keeping my job

  • I forgot to do my job.

  • Well, that ends right now.

  • Tomorrow morning,

  • The white house is sending a bill to congress

  • For its consideration.

  • It's white house resolution 455--

  • An energy bill

  • Requiring a 20% reduction of the emission of fossil fuels

  • Over the next 10 years.

  • It is by far

  • The most aggressive stride ever taken

  • In the fight to reverse the effects

  • Of global warming.

  • The other piece of legislation

  • Is the crime bill.

  • As of today,

  • It no longer exists.

  • I'm throwing it out.

  • I'm throwing it out

  • And writing a law that makes sense.

  • You cannot address crime prevention

  • Without getting rid of assault weapons

  • And handguns.

  • I consider them a threat to national security,

  • And I will go door-to-door if I have to,

  • But I'm going to convince americans that I'm right,

  • And I'm going to get the guns.

  • We've got serious problems,

  • And we need serious people.

  • And if you want to talk about character, bob,

  • You better come at me with more than a burning flag

  • And a membership card.

  • If you want to talk about

  • Character and american values,

  • Fine.

To burn that flag in protest.

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