Saturday, August 15, 2009

This is what the American Dream originally meant!

See my comment at bottom of the Denver Post link:

As economic crises compel us to confront debates about taxes, health care and the common good, the enduring hyper-individualist conservatism of the 1980s now chafes against a president with a very different vision. (Producer John Hughes, who died recently) asks us not to obsess over society's differences, but instead to be confident in our own problem-solving talents and to remember that everyone is in this together.

We are, indeed, watching Barack Obama posthumously channel his fellow Chicagoan, Hughes. The president implores us, as "The Breakfast Club" said, to understand that "each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, and a princess, and a criminal" — that is, each one of us, however flawed, is of value.

David Sirota, Denver Post

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