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kgnu_fan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 03:38 PM
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102. It has been like this since the beginning of this country ...


Let us then turn to "reality itself": the "idea" of America from its
earliest days.

The inspirational phrase "city on a hill" was coined by John Winthrop in
1630, borrowing from the Gospels, and outlining the glorious future of a
new nation "ordained by God." One year earlier his Massachusetts Bay
Colony established its Great Seal. It depicts an Indian with a scroll
coming out of his mouth. On it are the words "Come over and help us."
The British colonists were thus benevolent humanists, responding to the
pleas of the miserable natives to be rescued from their bitter pagan fate.

The Great Seal is a graphic representation of "the idea of America,"
from its birth. It should be exhumed from the depths of the psyche and
displayed on the walls of every classroom. It should certainly appear in
the background of all of the Kim il-Sung-style worship of the savage
murderer and torturer Ronald Reagan, who blissfully described himself as
the leader of a "shining city on the hill" while orchestrating some of
the more ghastly crimes of his years in office, leaving a hideous legacy.


The Torture Memos
Noam Chomsky, May 24, 2009
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