The Second Eclectic

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A Quote, a Cause, and a Responsibility.

From that microcosm of politics we call Washington D.C. came the State of the Union address last night. Among more important talk about the economy, liberty, democracy, and education, President Bush briefly addressed moral, social, and cultural concerns. He briefly referred to declining abortion rates and declining rates of teen pregnancy. He then said this:


These gains are evidence of a quiet transformation, a revolution of conscience in which a rising generation is finding that a life of personal responsibility is a life of fulfillment.

That interpretation of the facts about such declines reinforces ideas I have advocated before. It also mirrors ideas the Democrats have been testing the campaign waters with.

Does this signal a common ground of agreement between me, the President, and/or the Democrats? If so the similarity is simply in observation. Beyond that each has his own perspective.

Who will hold us responsible and the experience of that responsibility is surely debated. What larger "cause" each faction will advocate and give individuals responsibility for is also subject to their preference and philosophy.

I do believe that people are looking for evidence that they have some control and influence over their own lives, that they aren't simply subject to the impersonal, impartial forces of Fate or its euphemistic cousin, Destiny.