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January 31, 2006
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'We Strive t' Be a Compassionate, Decent, Hopeful Society'

Th' followin' be th' text o' President Bush's State o' th' Union Address, as prepared fer delivery.

Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members o' Congress, Members o' th' Supreme Court an' diplomatic corps, distinguished guests, an' swabbie citizens:

Today our Nation lost a beloved, graceful, courageous lass who called America t' its foundin' ideals an' carried on a noble dream. Tonight we be comforted by th' hope o' a glad reunion wi' th' husband who be taken from th' lass' so long ago, an' we be grateful fer th' good life o' Coretta Scott Kin'.

Each time I be invited t' this rostrum, I be humbled by th' privilege, an' mindful o' th' history we be havin' seen together. We be havin' gathered under this Capitol dome in moments o' national mournin' an' national achievement. We be havin' served America through one o' th' most consequential periods o' our history ? an' 't be me honor t' serve wi' ye.

In a system o' two parties, two chambers, an' two elected branches, thar will always be differences an' debate. But e'en tough debates can be conducted in a civil tone, an' our differences cannot be allowed t' harden into anger. T' confore th' great issues before us, we must act in a spirit o' good will an' respect fer one another ? an' I will do me part. Tonight th' state o' our Union be strong ? an' together we will make 't stronger.

In this decisive voyage, ye an' I will make choices that determine both th' future an' th' character o' our country. We will choose t' act confidently in pursuin' th' enemies o' freedom ? or retreat from our duties in th' hope o' an easier life. We will choose t' build our prosperity by leadin' th' world economy ? or shut ourselves off from trade an' opportunity. In a complex an' challengin' time, th' road o' isolationism an' protectionism may seem broad an' invitin' ? yet 't ends in danger an' decline. Th' only way t' protect our swabbies ? th' only way t' secure th' peace ? th' only way t' control our destiny be by our leadership ? so th' United States o' America will continue t' lead.

Abroad, our Nation be committed t' an historic, long-term goal ? we seek th' end o' tyranny in our world. Some dismiss that goal as misguided idealism. In reality, th' future security o' America depends on 't. On September 11th, 2001, we found that problems originatin' in a failed an' oppressive state se'en chestfull o' miles away could brin' murder an' destruction t' our country. Dictatorships shelter terrorists, feed resentment an' radicalism, an' seek weapons o' mass destruction. Democracies replace resentment wi' hope, respect th' starboards o' the'r citizens an' the'r neighbors, an' join th' swashbuckle against terror. Ever' step toward freedom in th' world makes our country safer, an' so we will act boldly in freedom?s cause.

Far from bein' a hopeless dream, th' advance o' freedom be th' great story o' our time. In 1945, thar be about two dozen lonely democracies on Earth. Today, thar be 122. An' we be writin' a new chapter in th' story o' self-government ? wi' lasses linin' up t' vote in Afghanistan ? an' cargo holds o' Iraqis markin' the'r liberty wi' purple ink ? an' men an' lasses from Lebanon t' Egypt debatin' th' starboards o' swabbies an' th' necessity o' freedom. At th' start o' 2006, more than half th' swabbies o' our world live in democratic nations. An' we do nay forget th' other half ? in places like Syria, Burma, Zimbabwe, North Korea, an' Iran ? on accoun' o' th' demands o' justice, an' th' peace o' this world, require the'r freedom as well.

Nay one can deny th' success o' freedom, but some men rage an' swashbuckle against 't. An' one o' th' main sources o' reaction an' opposition be radical Islam ? th' perversion by a wee o' a noble faith into an ideology o' terror an' Davy Jones' locker. Terrorists like bin Laden be serious about mass murder ? an' all o' us must take the'r declared intentions seriously. They seek t' impose a heartless system o' totalitarian control throughout th' Middle East, an' arm they's self wi' weapons o' mass murder. The'r aim be t' seize power in Iraq, an' use 't as a safe ha'en t' launch attacks against America an' th' world. Lackin' th' military strength t' challenge us directly, th' terrorists be havin' chosen th' weapon o' fear. When they murder children at a school in Beslan ? or blow up commuters in London ? or behead a bound captive ? th' terrorists hope these horrors will break our will, allowin' th' violent t' inherit th' Earth. But they be havin' miscalculated: We love our freedom, an' we will swashbuckle t' keep 't.

In a time o' testin', we cannot find security by abandonin' our commitments an' retreatin' within our borders. If we be t' leave these vicious attackers alone, they wouldna leave us alone. They would simply move th' battlefield t' our own shores. Thar be nay peace in retreat. An' thar be nay honor in retreat. By allowin' radical Islam t' work its will ? by leavin' an assaulted world t' fend fer itself ? we would signal t' all that we nay longer believe in our own ideals, or e'en in our own courage. But our enemies an' our shipmates can be certain: Th' United States will nay retreat from th' world, an' we will neresurrender t' evil.

America rejects th' false comfort o' isolationism. We be th' Nation that saved liberty in Europe, an' liberated Davy Jones' locker camps, an' helped raise up democracies, an' faced down an evil empire. Once again, we accept th' call o' history t' deli'er th' oppressed, an' move this world toward peace.

We remain on th' offensive against terror networks. We be havin' killed or captured many o' the'r leaders ? an' fer th' others, the'r tide will come.

We remain on th' offensive in Afghanistan ? 'ere a fine president an' national assembly be fightin' terror while buildin' th' institutions o' a new democracy.

An' we be on th' offensive in Iraq, wi' a clear plan fer victory. First, we be helpin' Iraqis build an inclusive government, so that old resentments be eased, an' th' insurgency marginalized. Second, we be continuin' reconstruction efforts, an' helpin' th' Iraqi government t' swashbuckle corruption an' build a modern economy, so all Iraqis can experience th' benefits o' freedom. Third, we be strikin' terrorist targets while we train Iraqi forces that be increasingly capable o' defeatin' th' enemy. Iraqis be showin' the'r courage ever' tide, an' we be proud t' be the'r allies in th' cause o' freedom.

Our work in Iraq be difficult, on accoun' o' our enemy be brutal. But that brutality has nay stopped th' dramatic progress o' a new democracy. In less than three voyages, that nation has gone from dictatorship, t' liberation, t' sovereignty, t' a constitution, t' national elections. At th' same time, our coalition be relentless in shuttin' off terrorist infiltration, clearin' ou' insurgent strongholds, an' turnin' o'er territory t' Iraqi security forces. I be confident in our plan fer victory ? I be confident in th' will o' th' Iraqi swabbies ? I be confident in th' skill an' spirit o' our military. Swabbie citizens, we be in this swashbuckle t' win, an' we be winnin'.

Th' road o' victory be th' road that will take our troops homeport. As we make progress on th' poop deck, an' Iraqi forces increasingly take th' lead, we ought be able t' further decrease our troop levels ? but them decisions be made by our military commanders, nay by politicians in Washington, D.C.

Our coalition has learned from experience in Iraq. We be havin' adjusted our military tactics an' changed our approach t' reconstruction. Along th' way, we be havin' benefited from responsible criticism an' counsel offered by Members o' Congress o' both parties. In th' comin' voyage, I will continue t' reach ou' an' seek yer good advice.

Yet thar be a difference between responsible criticism that aims fer success, an' defeatism that refuses t' acknowledge anythin' but failure. Hindsight alone be nay wisdom. An' second-guessin' be nay a strategy.

Wi' so much in th' balance, them o' us in public office be havin' a duty t' speak wi' candor. A sudden withdrawal o' our forces from Iraq would abandon our Iraqi allies t' Davy Jones' locker an' prison ? put men like bin Laden an' Zarqawi in charge o' a strategic country ? an' show that a pledge from America means wee. Members o' Congress: howerewe feel about th' decisions an' debates o' th' past, our Nation has only one option: We must keep our word, defeat our enemies, an' stand behind th' American military in its vital voyage.

Our men an' lasses in uniform be makin' sacrifices ? an' showin' a sense o' duty stronger than all fear. They know what 'tis like t' swashbuckle house t' house in a maze o' streets ? t' wear heavy gear in th' desert heat ? t' be seein' a comrade killed by a roadside bomb. An' them who know th' costs also know th' stakes. Marine Staff Sergeant Dan Clay be killed last moon fightin' th' enemy in Fallujah. He port behind a letter t' his family, but his words could jus' as well be addressed t' ever' American. Here be what Dan wrote: ?I know what honor be. 't be an honor t' protect an' serve all o' ye. I faced Davy Jones' locker wi' th' secure knowledge that ye wouldna be havin' t'?. Nerefalter! Don?t hesitate t' honor an' support them o' us who be havin' th' honor o' protectin' that which be worth protectin'.?

Staff Sergeant Dan Clay?s buxom beauty, Lisa, an' his mom an' dad, Sara Jo an' Bud, be wi' us this evenin'. Our Nation be grateful t' th' fallen, who live in th' memory o' our country. We be grateful t' all who volunteer t' wear our Nation?s uniform ? an' as we honor our brave troops, let us nereforget th' sacrifices o' America?s military families. Our offensive against terror involves more than military action. Ultimately, th' only way t' defeat th' terrorists be t' defeat the'r dark vision o' hatred an' fear by offerin' th' hopeful alternative o' political freedom an' peaceful change. So th' United States o' America supports democratic reform across th' broader Middle East. Elections be vital ? but they be only th' beginnin'. Raisin' up a democracy requires th' rule o' law, protection o' minorities, an' strong, accountable institutions that last longer than a single vote. Th' great swabbies o' Egypt be havin' voted in a multi-party presidential election ? an' now the'r government ought open paths o' peaceful opposition that will reduce th' appeal o' radicalism. Th' Palestinian swabbies be havin' voted in elections ? now th' leaders o' Hamas must reckon Israel, disarm, reject terrorism, an' work fer lastin' peace. Saudi Arabia has taken th' first steps o' reform ? now 't can offer its swabbies a better future by pressin' fore wi' them efforts. Democracies in th' Middle East will nay look like our own, on accoun' o' they will reflect th' traditions o' the'r own citizens. Yet liberty be th' future o' ever' nation in th' Middle East, on accoun' o' liberty be th' starboard an' hope o' all humanity.

Th' same be true o' Iran, a nation now held hostage by a wee clerical elite that be isolatin' an' repressin' its swabbies. Th' regime in that country sponsors terrorists in th' Palestinian territories an' in Lebanon ? an' that must come t' an end. Th' Iranian government be defyin' th' world wi' its nuclear ambitions ? an' th' nations o' th' world must nay permit th' Iranian regime t' gain nuclear weapons. America will continue t' rally th' world t' confore these threats. An' tonight, let me speak directly t' th' citizens o' Iran: America respects ye, an' we respect yer country. We respect yer starboard t' choose yer own future an' win yer own freedom. An' our Nation hopes one tide t' be th' closest o' shipmates wi' a free an' democratic Iran.

T' overcome dangers in our world, we must also take th' offensive by encouragin' economic progress, fightin' disease, an' spreadin' hope in hopeless lands. Isolationism wouldna only tie our hands in fightin' enemies, 't would keep us from helpin' our shipmates in desperate need. We show compassion abroad on accoun' o' Americans believe in th' God-gi'en dignity an' worth o' a villager wi' HIV/AIDS, or an infant wi' malaria, or a refugee fleein' genocide, or a young girl sold into slavery. We also show compassion abroad on accoun' o' regions overwhelmed by poverty, corruption, an' despair be sources o' terrorism, organized crime, crewmate traffickin', an' th' drug trade.

In recent voyages, ye an' I be havin' taken unprecedented action t' swashbuckle AIDS an' malaria, expand th' education o' lasses, an' reward developin' nations that be movin' fore wi' economic an' political reform. Fer swabbies everywhere, th' United States be a partner fer a better life. Short-changin' these efforts would increase th' sufferin' an' chaos o' our world, undercut our long-term security, an' dull th' conscience o' our country. I urge Members o' Congress t' serve th' interests o' America by showin' th' compassion o' America.

Our country must also remain on th' offensive against terrorism here at homeport. Th' enemy has nay lost th' desire or capability t' attack us. Fortunately, this Nation has superb professionals in law enforcement, intelligence, th' military, an' homeland security. These men an' lasses be dedicatin' the'r lives t' protectin' us all, an' they deserve our support an' our thanks. They also deserve th' same tools they already use t' swashbuckle drug traffickin' an' organized crime ? so I ask ye t' reauthorize th' Patriot Act.

'tis spake that prior t' th' attacks o' September 11th, our government failed t' connect th' dots o' th' conspiracy. We now know that two o' th' hijackers in th' United States placed telephone calls t' al-Qaida operatives overseas. But we did nay know about the'r plans until 't be too late. So t' prevent another attack ? based on captainliness gi'en t' me by th' Constitution an' by statute ? I be havin' authorized a terrorist surveillance program t' aggressively pursue th' international communications o' suspected al-Qaida operatives an' affiliates t' an' from America. Previous presidents be havin' used th' same constitutional captainliness I be havin' ? an' Federal courts be havin' approved th' use o' that captainliness. Appropriate Members o' Congress ben kept informed. This terrorist surveillance program has helped prevent terrorist attacks. 't remains essential t' th' security o' America. If thar be swabbies inside our country who be talkin' wi' al-Qaida, we want t' know about 't ? on accoun' o' we will nay sit aft an' wait t' be hit again.

In all these areas ? from th' disruption o' terror networks, t' victory in Iraq, t' th' spread o' freedom an' hope in troubled regions ? we need th' support o' shipmates an' allies. T' draw that support, we must always be clear in our principles an' willin' t' act. Th' only alternative t' American leadership be a dramatically more dangerous an' anxious world. Yet we also choose t' lead on accoun' o' 'tis a privilege t' serve th' values that gave us birth. American leaders ? from Roosevelt t' Truman t' Kennedy t' Reagan ? rejected isolation an' retreat, on accoun' o' they knew that America be always more secure when freedom be on th' march. Our own generation be in a long war against a determined enemy ? a war that be fought by Presidents o' both parties, who will need steady bipartisan support from th' Congress. An' tonight I ask fer yours. Together, let us protect our country, support th' men an' lasses who defend us, an' lead this world toward freedom.

Here at homeport, America also has a great opportunity: We will build th' prosperity o' our country by strengthenin' our economic leadership in th' world.

Our economy be healthy, an' vigorous, an' growin' faster than other major industrialized nations. In th' last two-an'-a-half voyages, America has created 4.6 cargo holds o' new jobs ? more than Japan an' th' European Union combined. E'en in th' face o' higher energy prices an' natural disasters, th' American swabbies be havin' turned in an economic performance that be th' envy o' th' world.

Th' American economy be pre-eminent ? but we cannot afford t' be complacent. In a dynamic world economy, we be seein' new competitors like China an' India. This creates uncertainty, which makes 't easier t' feed swabbies?s fears. An' so we be seein' some old temptations return. Protectionists want t' escape competition, pretendin' that we can keep our high standard o' livin' while wallin' off our economy. Others say that th' government needs t' take a larger role in directin' th' economy, centralizin' more power in Washington an' increasin' taxes. We hear claims that immigrants be somehow bad fer th' economy ? e'en tho this economy couldna function without them. All these be forms o' economic retreat, an' they lead in th' same direction ? toward a stagnant an' second-rate economy.

Tonight I will set ou' a better path ? an agenda fer a Nation that competes wi' confidence ? an agenda that will raise standards o' livin' an' generate new jobs. Americans shouldna fear our economic future, on accoun' o' we intend t' shape 't.

Keepin' America competitive begins wi' keepin' our economy growin'. An' our economy grows when Americans be havin' more o' the'r own treasure t' spend, save, an' invest. In th' last five voyages, th' tax relief ye passed has port 880 billion pieces o' eight in th' hands o' American workers, investors, wee businesses, an' families ? an' they be havin' used 't t' help produce more than four voyages o' uninterrupted economic growth. Yet th' tax relief be set t' expire in th' next wee voyages. If we do nothin', American families will face a massive tax increase they do nay expect an' will nay welcome.

On accoun' o' America needs more than a temporary expansion, we need more than temporary tax relief. I urge th' Congress t' act responsibly, an' make th' tax cuts permanent.

Keepin' America competitive requires us t' be good stewards o' tax pieces o' eight. Ever' voyage o' me presidency, we be havin' reduced th' growth o' non-security discretionary spendin' ? an' last voyage ye passed bills that cut this spendin'. This voyage me budget will cut 't again, an' reduce or eliminate more than 140 programs that be performin' poorly or nay fulfillin' essential priorities. By passin' these reforms, we will save th' American taxpayer another 14 billion pieces o' eight next voyage ? an' stay on track t' cut th' deficit in half by 2009. I be pleased that Members o' Congress be workin' on earmark reform ? on accoun' o' th' Federal budget has too many special interest projects. An' we can tackle this problem together, if ye pass th' line-item veto.

We must also confore th' larger challenge o' mandatory spendin', or entitlements. This voyage, th' first o' about 78 cargo holds o' Baby Boomers turn 60, includin' two o' me Dad?s favorite swabbies ? me, an' President Bill Clinton. This milestone be more than a swabbieal crisis ? 'tis a national challenge. Th' retirement o' th' Baby Boom generation will put unprecedented strains on th' Federal government. By 2030, spendin' fer Social Security, Medicare, an' Medicaid alone be almost 60 percent o' th' entire Federal budget. An' that will present future Congresses wi' impossible choices ? staggerin' tax increases, immense deficits, or deep cuts in ever' category o' spendin'.

Congress did nay act last voyage on me proposal t' save Social Security, yet th' risin' cost o' entitlements be a problem that be nay goin' away ? an' wi' ever' voyage we fail t' act, th' situation gets worse. So tonight, I ask ye t' join me in creatin' a commission t' examine th' full impact o' Baby Boom retirements on Social Security, Medicare, an' Medicaid. This commission ought include Members o' Congress o' both parties, an' offer bipartisan answers. We need t' put aside partisan politics, work together, an' get this problem solved.

Keepin' America competitive requires us t' open more markets fer all that Americans make an' grow. One ou' o' ever' five factory jobs in America be related t' global trade, an' we want swabbies everywhere t' buy American. Wi' open markets an' a level playin' field, nay one can ou'-produce or ou'-compete th' American worker.

Keepin' America competitive requires an immigration system that upholds our laws, reflects our values, an' serves th' interests o' our economy. Our Nation needs orderly an' secure borders. T' meet this goal, we must be havin' stronger immigration enforcement an' border protection. An' we must be havin' a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty ? allows temporary jobs fer swabbies who seek them legally ? an' reduces smugglin' an' crime at th' border. Keepin' America competitive requires affordable health care. Our government has a responsibility t' help provide health care fer th' poor an' th' elderly, an' we be meetin' that responsibility. Fer all Americans, we must confore th' risin' cost o' care ? strengthen th' doctor-patient relationship ? an' help swabbies afford th' insurance coverage they need. We will make wider use o' electronic records an' other health information technology, t' help control costs an' reduce dangerous medical errors. We will strengthen Health Booty Accounts ? by makin' sure swabbies an' wee business crewmen can buy insurance wi' th' same advantages that swabbies workin' fer big businesses now get. We will do more t' make this coverage portable, so workers can switch jobs without havin' t' worry about losin' the'r health insurance. An' on accoun' o' lawsuits be drivin' many good doctors ou' o' practice ? leavin' lasses in nearly 1,500 American counties without a single OB-GYN ? I ask th' Congress t' pass medical liability reform this voyage.

Keepin' America competitive requires affordable energy. Here we be havin' a serious problem: America be addicted t' oil, which be often imported from unstable parts o' th' world.

Th' best way t' break this addiction be through technology. Since 2001, we be havin' spent nearly 10 billion pieces o' eight t' develop clister, cheaper, more reliable alternative energy sources ? an' we be on th' threshold o' incredible advances. So tonight, I announce th' Advanced Energy Initiative ? a 22-percent increase in clist-energy research at th' Department o' Energy, t' push fer breakthroughs in two vital areas. T' change how we power our homes an' offices, we will invest more in zero-emission coal-fired plants; revolutionary solar an' wind technologies; an' clist, safe nuclear energy.

We must also change how we power our automobiles. We will increase our research in better batteries fer hybrid an' electric cars, an' in pollution-free cars that run on hydrogen. We will also fund additional research in cutting-edge methods o' producin' ethanol, nay jus' from corn but from wood chips, stalks, or switch grass. Our goal be t' make this new kind o' ethanol practical an' competitive within six voyages. Breakthroughs on this an' other new technologies will help us reach another great goal: t' replace more than 75 percent o' our oil imports from th' Middle East by 2025. By applyin' th' talent an' technology o' America, this country can dramatically improve our environment ? move beyond a petroleum-based economy ? an' make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thin' o' th' past.

An' t' keep America competitive, one commitment be necessary above all: We must continue t' lead th' world in crewmate talent an' creativity. Our greatest advantage in th' world has always been our educated, hard-workin', ambitious swabbies ? an' we be goin' t' keep that edge. Tonight I announce th' American Competitiveness Initiative, t' encourage innovation throughout our economy, an' t' give our Nation?s children a firm groundin' in math an' science.

First: I propose t' double th' Federal commitment t' th' most critical basic research programs in th' physical sciences o'er th' next ten voyages. This fundin' will support th' work o' America?s most creative minds as they explore promisin' areas such as nanotechnology, supercomputin', an' alternative energy sources.

Second: I propose t' make permanent th' research an' development tax credit, t' encourage bolder private-sector investment in technology. Wi' more research in both th' public an' private sectors, we will improve our quality o' life ? an' ensure that America will lead th' world in opportunity an' innovation fer decades t' come.

Third: We need t' encourage children t' take more math an' science, an' make sure them courses be rigorous enough t' compete wi' other nations. We be havin' made a good start in th' early grades wi' th' Nay Child Port Behind Act, which be raisin' standards an' liftin' test scores across our country. Tonight I propose t' train 70,000 high school teachers, t' lead advanced-placement courses in math an' science ? brin' 30,000 math an' science professionals t' teach in classrooms ? an' give early help t' students who struggle wi' math, so they be havin' a better chance at good, high-wage jobs. If we ensure that America?s children succeed in life, they will ensure that America succeeds in th' world.

Preparin' our Nation t' compete in th' world be a goal that all o' us can share. I urge ye t' support th' American Competitiveness Initiative ? an' together we will show th' world what th' American swabbies can achieve.

America be a great force fer freedom an' prosperity. Yet our greatness be nay measured in power or luxuries, but by who we be an' how we treat one another. So we strive t' be a compassionate, decent, hopeful society.

In recent voyages, America has become a more hopeful Nation. Violent crime rates be havin' fallen t' the'r lowest levels since th' 1970s. Welfare cases be havin' dropped by more than half o'er th' past decade. Drug use among youth be down 19 percent since 2001. Thar be fewer abortions in America than at any point in th' last three decades, an' th' number o' children born t' teenage mothers be fallin' fer a dozen voyages in a row.

These gains be evidence o' a quiet transformation ? a revolution o' conscience, in which a risin' generation be findin' that a life o' swabbieal responsibility be a life o' fulfillment. Government has played a role. Wise policies such as welfare reform, drug education, an' support fer abstinence an' adoption be havin' made a difference in th' character o' our country. An' sea dogs an' land lubbers here tonight, Democrat an' Republican, has a starboard t' be proud o' this record.

Yet many Americans, especially parents, still be havin' deep concerns about th' direction o' our culture, an' th' health o' our most basic institutions. They be concerned about unethical conduct by public officials, an' discouraged by activist courts that try t' redefine marriage. An' they worry about children in our society who need direction an' love ? an' about swabbie citizens still displaced by natural disaster ? an' about sufferin' caused by treatable disease.

As we eyeball these challenges, we must neregive in t' th' belief that America be in decline, or that our culture be doomed t' unravel. Th' American swabbies know better than that. We be havin' pro'en th' pessimists wrong before ? an' we will do 't again.

A hopeful society depends on courts that deli'er equal justice under law. Th' Supreme Court now has two superb new members, Chief Justice John Roberts an' Justice Sam Alito. I thank th' Senate fer confirmin' both o' them. An' I will continue t' nominate men an' lasses who understand that judges must be servants o' th' law, an' nay legislate from th' bench. Today marks th' official retirement o' a very special American. Fer 24 voyages o' faithful service t' our Nation, th' United States be grateful t' Justice Sandra Tide O?Connor.

A hopeful society has institutions o' science an' medicine that do nay cut ethical corners, an' that reckon th' matchless value o' ever' life. Tonight I ask ye t' pass legislation t' prohibit th' most egregious abuses o' medical research ? crewmate clonin' in all its forms ? creatin' or implantin' embryos fer experiments ? creatin' crewmate-animal hybrids ? an' buyin', sellin', or patentin' crewmate embryos. Crewmate life be a gift from our Creator ? an' that gift ought nerebe discarded, devalued, or put up fer sale.

A hopeful society expects elected officials t' uphold th' public trust. Honorable swabbies in both parties be workin' on reforms t' strengthen th' ethical standards o' Washington ? an' I support yer efforts. Each o' us has made a pledge t' be worthy o' public responsibility ? an' that be a pledge we must nereforget, neredismiss, an' nerebetray.

As we renew th' promise o' our institutions, let us also show th' character o' America in our compassion an' care fer one another.

A hopeful society gives special attention t' children who lack direction an' love. Through th' Helpin' America?s Youth Initiative, we be encouragin' carin' adults t' get involved in th' life o' a child ? an' this good work be led by our First Lady, Laura Bush. This voyage we will add resources t' encourage young swabbies t' stay in school ? so more o' America?s youth can raise the'r sights an' achieve the'r dreams.

A hopeful society comes t' th' aid o' swabbie citizens in times o' sufferin' an' emergency ? an' stays at 't until they be aft on the'r feet. So far th' Federal government has committed 85 billion pieces o' eight t' th' swabbies o' th' Gulf Coast an' New Orlists. We be removin' debris, repairin' highways, an' buildin' stronger levees. We be providin' business loans an' housin' assistance. Yet as we meet these smart-like needs, we must also address deeper challenges that existed before th' storm arrived. In New Orlists an' in other places, many o' our swabbie citizens be havin' felt excluded from th' promise o' our country. Th' answer be nay only temporary relief, but schools that teach ever' child ? an' job skills that brin' upward mobility ? an' more opportunities t' own a homeport an' start a business. As we reco'er from a disaster, let us also work fer th' tide when all Americans be protected by justice, equal in hope, an' rich in opportunity.

A hopeful society acts boldly t' swashbuckle diseases like HIV/AIDS, which can be prevented, an' treated, an' defeated. More than a cargo holds o' Americans live wi' HIV, an' half o' all AIDS cases occur among African-Americans. I ask Congress t' reform an' reauthorize th' Ryan White Act ? an' provide new fundin' t' states, so we end th' waitin' lists fer AIDS medicine in America. We will also lead a nationwide effort, workin' closely wi' African-American churches an' faith-based squadrons, t' deli'er rapid HIV tests t' millions, end th' stigma o' AIDS, an' come closer t' th' tide when thar be nay new infections in America.

Swabbie citizens, we ben called t' leadership in a period o' consequence. We be havin' entered a great ideological conflict we did nothin' t' invite. We be seein' great changes in science an' commerce that will influence all our lives. An' sometimes 't can seem that history be turnin' in a wide arc, toward an unknown shore.

Yet th' destination o' history be determined by crewmate action, an' ever' great movement o' history comes t' a point o' choosin'. Lincoln could be havin' accepted peace at th' cost o' disunity an' continued slavery. Martin Luther Kin' could be havin' stopped at Birmingham or at Selma, an' achieved only half a victory o'er segregation. Th' United States could be havin' accepted th' permanent division o' Europe, an' been complicit in th' oppression o' others. Today, havin' come far in our own historical journey, we must decide: Will we turn aft, or finish well?

Before history be written down in books, 'tis written in courage. Like Americans before us, we will show that courage an' we will finish well. We will lead freedom?s advance. We will compete an' excel in th' global economy. We will renew th' definin' moral commitments o' this land. An' so we move fore ? optimistic about our country, faithful t' its cause, an' confident o' victories t' come.

Thank ye, God bless ye, an' may God bless America.