“No one,” George W. Bush said Tuesday night in the State of the Union speech, “can ever doubt the word of America.”

Say what?

I damn near fell off my chair in my New Hampshire hotel room when I heard Bush utter those preposterous words.

No one can ever doubt the word of America?

How about no one can ever, again, trust the word of America because of George W. Bush’s reckless disregard for the truth?

Does Bush really believe that anyone with an IQ above that of the average plant can buy his incredible claim that “no one can ever doubt the word of America?”

Christ. I think Dubya’s drinking again. Or maybe he’s inhaling.

If the incredible claim that “no ever doubt the word of America” was the only miscue in Bush’s re-election campaign…I mean State of the Union…speech, it might be forgivable. But so many of his hour-long ramblings showed so little touch with reality that you’ve got to wonder if there is anything working in his gray matter.

“One of those essential tools” in fighting the war on terrorism, Bush said, “is the Patriot Act, which allows federal law enforcement to better share information, to track terrorists, to disrupt their cells and to seize their assets.” He forgot to mention spy on ordinary Americans, violate the Constitution, destroy civil liberties and turn the USA into a police state.

“Key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year,” he said, which brought the biggest applause of the night (although not from the Greek chorus of Republicans who would have applauded a fart had one escaped from the President’s anal-retentive butt cheeks).

“Our law enforcement needs this vital legislation to protect our citizens. You need to renew the Patriot Act,” he continued.

Sure, we need to give John Ashcroft more tools to expand his Gestapo-like lust for power. I’m surprised the followers of the USA Patriot Act didn’t jump to their feet at this point, stick their arms out straight and shout “Heil Bush!”

Bush’s delusions continued with still more fantasies about Iraq’s so-called weapons of mass destruction.

“Already, the Kay report identified dozens of weapons of mass destruction-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations,“ he claimed.

Apparently, our President didn’t see the intel reports that showed Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction (or perhaps he couldn’t find someone to read it to him) and that Hussein’s scientists — lacking both the resources and expertise to develop any — simply lied to the Iraqi dictator about the development program.

“Had we failed to act, the dictator’s weapons of mass destruction programs would continue to this day,” Bush said.

Not really. You can’t continue what you don’t have. The real danger that continues to this day is George W. Bush’s mouth — a weapon of mass deception.