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  •  I should also point out (4+ / 0-)
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    Agathena, moira, farbuska, JVolvo

    how Obama redefined this idea in his inauguration speech upon being sworn in as president. He went from I am my brother's keeper to this:

    For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

    Gone is E pluribus unum. Gone is "I am my brother's keeper".  Gone is "a child in Chicago who can’t read

    Gone is "a senior citizen somewhere who can’t pay for their prescription drugs, and having to choose between medicine and the rent"

    The common denominator to these is that they both depend on government. Government health care for the senior citizen for the senior citizen and education for the child. In their place is an affirmation of American charity that could have come out of George Bush's faith based initiative.

    Obama was undoing his campaign rhetoric on the first day in office.

    •  Gone is "universal health care" (2+ / 0-)
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      farbuska, JVolvo

      In 2007 Senator Obama's core principle on health care was "universal health care for all Americans." In 2009 it changed to health care reform and then health insurance reform.

      This above all: to thine own self be true...-WS

      by Agathena on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 01:45:13 AM PDT

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