Saturday, January 24, 2009

Inaugural address invokes spirit of the Revolution - But it wasn't the American one

Great article from the American Thinker. If you are a student of history read this. If you are a student of history you also understand that the vast majority of Americans are not.
The author parses one sentence from O's inaugural address and provides a thesis that Obama was invoking the spirit of the French revolution when he said :

"The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."

As O himself said: "Words matter". You can bet that every word of that address had a meaning/message. The sad thing, as the author himself points out...

So, how can it happen that such a mangling of the most famous quotation in American history could take place before the (supposedly) largest crowd at the most hyped inaugural ever, and with such a profound, far-reaching twist of language, and few noticed or care? The answer is American education, from K-12 to higher education, which is a human disaster.

So what's the big deal? Read the article and let me know what you think.

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