Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sad on several levels

There's the revisionism in leaving out the Founders' assumption that human rights pre-exist and even pre-empt government.

There's the pep rally cheer for ethnocentrism busting in on his call for national unity.

There's the fact that a conservative (or even a Republican) offering the same comments would have been slammed for not changing "all men" to "all people."

There's also the reality that he was after a good point that nobody seems able to make or, if made, to get across.

Really too bad. And I think we make a big error if we wield this as a mere knock on the President. In this case, he's simply an icon of our rootless, petty partisan reality.

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