...to ever get gargled forth by a politician:
"Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society's ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character.
But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today's world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we'll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people."
If fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges, does a lack of fidelity require old responses to old challenges?
If preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action, does preserving our collective freedomes ultimately require individual action? You might think it would since "ultimately" collections of people only work through the actions of individuals.
Who was this person who was advocating that Communism and Fascism be met with militias and muskets? The pro-Nazi Charles Lindberg perhaps? Or was it the Crypto-Communist Henry Wallace?
Didn't we already spend something like $6 trillion to build those roads and networks and research labs? If not, I would like to see an accounting for how that money was spent? Or is that too much like dissent and not "collective" enough because, you know, rich people! and vaginas! and Elmo! and binders! and Mitt Romney murdered that guy's wife! and a dog on the roof of a car!