Saturday, January 22, 2005

Thoughts on the inaugural speech

From Roy Edroso at Alicublog:

Freedom, dignity, honor, integrity, tolerance, and faith are not just words to be planted in a speech, cushioned by classy modifiers and buttressed by vague historical allusions. They are parts of our lives. If our President's use of them does not reflect the experience we have of these things -- if the acts and examples of his Administration are merely festooned with, not embodied by them -- then they amount to nothing more than (to use the words of another poet) sounding brass and tinkling cymbals.

Read the whole post.

More on the "gap between rhetoric and reality" from the WaPo and from Billmon.


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