Blaise Pascal, Penseé 347: “Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush him. A vapor, a drop of water suffices to kill him. But, if the universe were to crush him, man would still be more noble than that which killed him, because he knows that he dies and the advantage which the universe has over him; the universe knows nothing of this. All our dignity consists, then, in thought. By it we must elevate ourselves, and not by space and time which we cannot fill. Let us endeavor, then, to think well; this is the principle of morality.”

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Speeches, Republican National Convention, Night 2

The two good speeches from the second night of the Republican Convention:

(Condoleeza Rice)

(Paul Ryan Acceptance Speech)

Even Mark Shields had to admit that Ryan's speech was a good one, though the commentators from PBS seemed lost for a response. Ryan invited a detailed debate about Medicare, "Obama Care," and the national debt. He broached foreign policy, which needs to be a much bigger topic in this election. The Republicans are trying to do whatever they can to combat the Democratic portrayal of Romney and Ryan as plutocrats pushing old ladies in wheelchairs over cliffs. They have a good start with Ann Romney's and Paul Ryan's speeches.

1 comment:

  1. I think I speak for everyone on the internet when I say that this list could not possibly be complete until it includes the comedic stylings of one Mr. Clint Eastwood.