Friday, September 05, 2008

The Best Part of McCain's Acceptance Speech

From the transcript (emphasis inserted):

If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you're disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our armed forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.
The call to service thing has been done before, famously by JFK, less famously with G. H. W. Bush's "Thousand Points of Light." We're pretty sure that no President or presidential candidate is well known for having challenged Americans to enter the ministry.

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1 comment:

Three of Four said...

I actually expressed my glee audibly when he encouraged entering the ministry. Though I realize it was, on some level, merely a well-aimed attempt to draw in the religious right.