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America's Counter-Revolution
The Constitution Revisited

From the back cover:

This book challenges the assumption that the Constitution was a landmark in the struggle for liberty. Instead, Sheldon Richman argues, it was the product of a counter-revolution, a setback for the radicalism represented by America’s break with the British empire. Drawing on careful, credible historical scholarship and contemporary political analysis, Richman suggests that this counter-revolution was the work of conservatives who sought a nation of “power, consequence, and grandeur.” America’s Counter-Revolution makes a persuasive case that the Constitution was a victory not for liberty but for the agendas and interests of a militaristic, aristocratic, privilege-seeking ruling class.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Obama's Message to Kids

From Barack Obama's speech to schoolchildren, which even many conservatives praised:

And even when you're struggling, even when you're discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you -- don't ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.

2 comments:

Pmccswim said...

Obama's speech reminds me of President Kennedy's famous line: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." The implicit message is: education is mainly for improving the country. He said, "I want to talk with you about education and what's expected of you all in this new school year." Whose expectations are we talking about? Apparently Obama's himself: "We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so that you can solve our most difficult problems. If you don't do that -- if you quit on school -- you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country." And, near the end of his speech he says, "I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don't let us down -- don't let your family or your country or yourself down." Obama is very good at blurring rhetoric encouraging self-improvement with the subtle message that your life is really not your own, but that of the state.

Patrick said...

That is hilarious. Didn't catch that. Thx for posting Sheldon.