For the record, I never said that. (The Twitter handles of those who sent it will go unmentioned in order to protect the guilty.) That’s a Tweet I saw, and to which I responded this way: “Obama wasn’t referring to greed. He was referencing FDR’s 4 Freedoms Speech. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Freedoms”
What upset me more than the sarcasm was the ignorance it showed. I couldn’t decide what surprised me most; that “freedom from want” could be so easily misinterpreted as ‘freedom from desire’, or that the phrase “freedom from want” didn’t immediately spark recognition of an allusion to one of Franklin Roosevelt’s most famous speeches?
The banner on my website, which I seem to quote with annoying frequency, is, “An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.” This is a prime example of why that’s so. Continue reading →
As a native-born Brooklynite, I’ve been watching the networks and cable channels covering Hurricane Irene as it bears down on the northeast, and specifically the reporting on the City of Greater New York (its formal name) and Long Island. From this coverage, you would think that New York City is comprised of New Jersey and Lower Manhattan; particularly the Battery & World Trade Center areas.
I totally get the global news significance of New York City getting hit by a major storm, but …
News Flash: There are 8 million people in the City of Greater New York, and over 6 million of them don’t live in Manhattan. For that matter, most of the low-lying areas of the City of Greater New York are not in Manhattan at all. They’re in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Continue reading →
We always think of John F. Kennedy as young, because he never lived long enough to grow old. It’s amazing today to think that, of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and John F. Kennedy, Kennedy was the oldest of the three.
Below is a speech he gave when accepting the Democratic Party nomination for the presidency, where he talks about what being a Liberal means to him.