A RAMBLE ON “WE”…
Bill Clinton had a NYT editorial today:
“Fifteen years ago, the line was crossed in Oklahoma City. In the current climate, with so many threats against the president, members of Congress and other public servants, we owe it to the victims of Oklahoma City, and those who survived and responded so bravely, not to cross it again.”
Funny when people use “we” in reference to one person tasks. “We” is basically a nice way to tell someone that they need to get off their ass. It adds the small dose of self-deprication that strips condescension of its condescending tone.
“We” acknowledges truth without confronting contradiction. It assumes truth without debating truth’s implications. After all, it’s easier to say “we’ve all been guilty” instead of explaining where your convictions have been for the last 10 years. Thanks Bill.