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Summer 2009 issue -- “What is required of us now,” said President Barack Obama in his inaugural speech, “is a new era of responsibility—a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world….” Shortly thereafter, he used the same phrase as the title of his 2010 budget, which Congress has passed with minor alterations.
“Meat is not green. Go vegan.” Walking to work this morning, I passed a delivery truck with that message on its side.
Green is a lovely color: a forest canopy, a well-tended lawn, a field of grain, the miniature palm in my room. But plants are the lowest form of life. In higher forms, green is the color of mold, decay, disease.
Not too long ago, when George W. Bush was President and Republicans controlled both houses of Congress, some despairing liberals turned to George Lakoff for help. Lakoff is a linguist at the University of California, Berkeley, who specializes in the conceptual structures underlying language.
January 30, 2002 -- In his powerful State of the Union address, President Bush gave voice to the two deepest truths of a free society: that the essential function of its government is to provide security, and that it depends on a culture of responsibility.