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Wednesday, 06 February 2013

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Mannie Sherberg
Re: "Without life, there is no liberty." It's worth noting that life is the first of the unalienable rights listed in the Declaration -- a fine example of the logic and the linguistic precision exhibited by Jefferson and his Declaration-writing collaborators, Adams and Franklin. These were men who had too much respect for English to mangle it. For a superb example of mangled English, one need look no further than Robert Gibbs's sadistically mutilated sentence at the end of this post. The sentence is so badly mauled that no one, I am certain, can know for sure what it means. But -- if my interpretation is correct -- he was trying to say that children, presumably at some moment before birth, should choose their fathers. But this would imply that they should also choose their mothers -- something that can, I believe, only be done prior to conception. How a not-yet-conceived child is supposed to accomplish all this is a metaphysical question that is light-years beyond my pay grade. Let us all be grateful that Robert Gibbs did not write the Declaration of Independence.

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