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Tuesday, July 06, 2004  

Serving the same creed?

Did you all catch this remarkable statement the President made on the fourth? I'm absolutely mystified by it.

On July the 4th, 1942, in the midst of the second world war, President Franklin Roosevelt gave encouragement to our troops abroad by reminding them of our nation's founding creed. They were fighting, he said, because Americans believe in "the right to liberty under God." The President said, "for all peoples and races and groups and nations everywhere in the world." Today, a new generation of Americans is wearing the uniform. They are serving the same creed. They are showing the same courage, and they make us proud every single day.

Creed (n) A definite summary of what is believed; esp., a summary of the articles of Christian faith; a confession of faith for public use (Webster).

It's used twice in the paragraph, so was apparently intentional. (Not to mention that it was a prepared speech.) As sensitive as things are in the Middle East (and by sensitive I mean catastrophic), you'd think he'd hold off on the identification of what appears to be holy war. Or am I misreading it?

posted by Jeff | 1:01 PM |
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