Thursday, February 03, 2005

"We choose freedom and the dignity of every life."

After forgiving the president his many verbal stumbles, only one sentence stumped me a bit. "We choose freedom and the dignity of every life."

I'm a bit perplexed as to what W really means here.

If my idea or beliefs about freedom don't look like the freedom you want me to have, does this mean no freedom for me?

What about the indignities we as a country have perpetrated on our own citizenry and those abroad? Are we going to pay restitution for those tragedies?

There is a lot to unpack in that one sentence in order to gather its meaning...Can someone explain it to me as if I were a three year old?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Three-year-olds aren't supposed to notice  

''We choose freedom and the dignity of every life'' has no meaning. It's just words laid end to end.

Speech writers sometimes get carried away. ''W'' is not the first. Roosevelt at one time proposed ''Freedom from want.''

Roosevelt's gaff had the advantage of being demonstrably impossible, his was still grounded in a testable universe. W's was not even wrong, his lips moved but only noise came out.