Thursday, June 05, 2008

A (Re)Defining Moment

The Declaration of Independence says,
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"
No where in this text is there a guarantee of a college education, but that's probably because the founders wanted to leave room for the "change we've been waiting for" and the candidacy of Barak Obama.

Obama said in his victory speech, A Defining Moment for Our Nation, "the chance to get a college education should not be a privilege for the wealthy few, but the birthright of every American. That's the change we need in America. That's why I'm running for President. "

Pursuing a college degree after high school is one choice among many for an American citizen. From what document does Obama derive the notion that a certain choice is now the "birthright" of all Americans? Obama's "defining moment" appears to be an attempt to "redefine" the foundational truths our country was built upon and shift the obligations and responsiblities of the individual to the federal government.

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