We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
(The speech) fed two other arguments.First, it figured in the liberal or progressive (to use Croly’s term) argument that government has a responsibility to make good on the American promise: through regulating the market, and through providing health insurance and education for all citizens. Second, it figured in Bill Clinton’s “New Democrat” argument (that has goes back to the Puritans) that in order to achieve the promise of American life, Americans have to exercise mutual and individual responsibility.People have to be willing to work; parents have to look after their children; corporations cannot behave like brigands.So through this notion of the American promise, Obama united the two historic strands of American liberalism: the older New Deal argument of the 1930s and the “New Democrat” argument of the 1990s.
One America: Finally, Obama invoked his vision of a single America--and he used it not only to put forward the promise of racial reconciliation, but as an attempt to defuse the great social divisions of the last decades over immigration, abortion, gays and guns.And that, too, dovetailed back into the idea of the American promise, which could not be achieved, Obama suggested, if America continued to be rent by incivility and social discord.It was one of the most intellectually elegant speeches I’ve heard.Besides that, I expect that it will do Obama and the Democrats a lot of good in the weeks ahead.
America is indeed divided. There is an America that wants free stuff from other people's labor, energy, and risk-taking, and there is an America that wants freedom and to be left alone by the government, to find its own way through adult life.
We are meant to build our lives, and to live with it. That's what grown-ups do in a free country.
What speech was he listening to? I heard a rehash of every "progressive" talking point ever espoused - "We're going to give you everything - health care , a college education, a new Ferrari, whatever - and it will magically cost nothing!" - along with his Obama's patented "post-partisan" (would someone please tell this dimwit that that politics IS pretty much by definition partisan?) and "post-racial" (this from the campaign that can't stop mentioning race) rhetoric.
How can anyone not still a teenager find this inspiring?