Sunday, November 15, 2009

UPI reported Bill Clinton coined the term "communitarianism" in May 2009!

Did a keyword search for "Clinton communitarian" just to see if the major media picked up the story about him calling for it in Montreal last month. Found this, and it just cracked me up to learn Clinton himself actually coined the term communitarianism "for personal involvement." And even if it was reported in the Telegram newspaper first, why didn't the UPI reporter check the facts of the story before printing such an absurd claim?

Obviously Bill is out there blowing the trumpets for the big Communitarian Opening Gala, and Etzioni gets more invisible. Studying communitaranism is beginning to feel like watching Saturday Night Live reruns of shows made when the whole cast was totally high. Keep remebering Steve Martin's speech on "innocent until proven guilty" when Gilda Radner was accused of being a witch in Salem. Maybe Clinton DID coin the term and maybe Etzioni is the real fraud for claiming he thought it up during lunch one day or maybe communitarian-ra was first used by the Jews in their Babylonian captivity or maybe Niki Raapana made it up as her own personal conspiracy theory or..... naw... nevermind.

Bill Clinton urges 'communitarianism'

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, May 29 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton told crowds in two eastern Canadian provinces there had to be more public involvement in solving the world's problems.

Clinton spoke first on Thursday in St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, and coined his own term -- communitarianism -- for personal involvement, the city's Telegram newspaper reported.

"All of us need to think of our citizenship in terms of what we can do in our communities and halfway around the world," he said. "The truth is, cynicism and pessimism is an excuse to do nothing."

He later flew to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where his address was similar in a call for activism in such areas as AIDS and other disease prevention, poverty and inequality.

Some 3,500 people paid between $139 and $995 to hear the 62-year-old Democrat's speech, the Chronicle-Herald newspaper said.

The Washington Post said Clinton's lucrative public speaking career earned him about $10 million in 2006, 80 percent of which was donated to his charitable foundation.

Friday, Clinton was to participate in a one-hour discussion with former Republican President George W. Bush at Toronto's Air Canada Center domed stadium.

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1 comment:

Stop Common Purpose said...

That reporter is an idiot.