An interesting discussion developed at this blog over a question I posed over at Amy Welborn's blog
: what words send shivers down your spine when you hear them because of their usual connotation, rather than their actual meaning. I gave the word "fellowship" as an example; when used in Catholic circles nowawdays, it usually is a flag for something spiritually and intellectually vapid.
The discussion brings forth many other excellent examples.
"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people...of the characters and conduct of their rulers." —John Adams
"We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money." —Davy Crockett
"To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals—that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him." —Honore De Balzac
"Economic ignorance, misconceptions and superstition drive us toward totalitarianism because they make us more willing to hand over greater control of our lives to politicians. That results in a diminution of our liberties." —Walter Williams
"Because investors and companies base investment plans on future prospects, policies that improve the long-term outlook promise immediate gains for the economy's weakest links—the stock market and business investment." —Alan Reynolds
"The Terrell Owenization of the Democrat Party is pretty much complete. Selfish, media-hogging, and utterly unconcerned about the impact of what they are doing to their team, the Dean-Reid-Pelosi Party has thrown its ongoing collective temper tantrum for months now." —Jay Bryant
"Why, pray tell, are liberals who want everyone to be liberal considered moral and moderate, but Christians who want everyone to be Christian considered 'zealots' and 'bigots'?" —Dennis Prager
"Ninety-six percent of Americans celebrate Christmas. Spare me the diversity lecture." —William Donohue
"To this day, Democrats have yet to offer a coherent strategy for winning the war in Iraq, and it is clear that they have none. Their attacks on Bush's 'failed' strategy have rung hollow all these years because they never had anything better to offer. And now their top leaders have revealed that their real goal all along was not to win, but to cut and run. They only waited this long to announce it because they have concluded that the poll numbers finally are in their favor. While Americans disapprove of the Bush administration's execution of the Iraq war effort, will they really embrace surrender as the alternative? Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi think so. We don't. The American people, rightly disturbed by serious administration mistakes, still want America to win this war. Unfortunately, the Democrats are quickly removing themselves as a serious foreign policy alternative to the Republicans, and that is damaging not only to them, but to the republic." —New Hampshire Union Leader
Jay Leno... The President of Pakistan has announced that they have killed a top al-Qa'ida leader. On the news they said that this leader ranked somewhere between the number three and the number five man. I'm going out on a limb here—wouldn't that make him the number four guy? ... The White House announced they sent out 1.4 million Christmas cards this year. When Bill Clinton was president, he sent out twice that number of cards. Of course, that was for Valentine's Day. ... Al Sharpton is getting his own show on CBS. I believe it's called "The Amazing Race Card." ... The big controversy this year is about calling Christmas trees holiday trees and trying to take religion out of the holidays. I was watching one of these cable news shows about this and they had on an atheist who said they were against "organized" religion. And while they were talking, they had on the screen the name of the atheist organization. So they were against organized religion but organized atheism is apparently ok
December 13, 2005 (202) 224-2633
KENNEDY AND DEMOCRATIC LEADERS TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS 'TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS'
Standing Before Capitol Christmas Tree, Lawmakers Will Call for Raising the Minimum Wage
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and George Miller (D-CA) will stand before the Capitol Christmas Tree on Wednesday to discuss the true meaning of Christmas: hope, generosity, and goodwill toward others. In this spirit, the lawmakers will call on Congress to raise the national minimum wage before leaving for the year. They will release a report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research detailing the difficulty that families living on the minimum wage have in making ends meet.
WHAT: Press conference to discuss 'true meaning of Christmas' and the minimum wage
WHO: Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD)- House Democratic Whip, Congressman George Miller (D-CA), Heather Boushey- Economist for Center for Economic and Policy Research
WHERE: West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building in front of the Capitol Christmas Tree (Between the West Front steps and the Capitol Christmas Tree)
WHEN: Wednesday, December 14, 2005, 10:15 a.m. ET
So, the true meaning of Christmas is about increasing the minimum wage?
I seem to remember Christmas being something about God becoming Man.
Francisco Gonzalez has a good post up about what an American is. Apparently written by an Austrailian dentist.