Something missing?

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. – Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address

You get the references, of course: to 1 Corinthians 13, St. Paul’s famous passage about charity, and to the Declaration of Independence. In the latter, those famous words go as follows:  “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.”

I see in Obama’s rendition equality, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Just one item missing from the original, a notable omission for some of us who still care about such things.


3 thoughts on “Something missing?

  1. There is another noteworthy change. The Declaration of Independence says that men ARE endowed by their Creator &c. — present tense. Obama talks about a God-given PROMISE — which sounds more like something in the future.


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