Friday, January 21, 2005

It's called a revolution for a reason
The reason being, primarily, that it cycles back on itself. In that line, Dave Adesnik invites you to consider a specific selection from Reagan's second inaugural address. He concludes: "This is the seed from which Bush's rhetoric of freedom has grown. Yet as Reagan learned, freedom is easier said than done."

He's right, but he misses an important point. Have you ever heard the maxim "If all else fails, lower your expectations." It's one of the worst ever created, and the embodiment of pessimism. Yes, Reagan learned that it's hard to achieve, but does that mean it should never reach the top of our goals list?

1 comment:

Roxabunch said...

I think the difference is that Reagan was a great diplomat, and he was strategic in his final days of the Cold War. On the other hand, Bush and his whole cabinet couldn't negotiate their way out of a paper bag.