Monday, November 10, 2008

Babbling fool

Intellectually challenged Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin was fond of repeating the phrase "city upon a hill" during the recent presidential campaign, in reference to America's place in the world. Although she attributed it to Ronald Reagan, those of us she would likely not consider "real Americans" know that it comes from a sermon by John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (and he was paraphrasing the Bible).

The real irony is that during the same campaign stops Palin would criticize Barack Obama's plan to cut taxes for working and middle-class Americans and to raise them on those making more than $250,000 a year. Meanwhile, Winthrop -- in the same 1630 sermon, entitled "A Model of Christian Charity" -- said, "We must be willing to abridge ourselves of our superfluities, for the supply of others’ necessities."

Sounds like spreading the wealth to me, no?

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