Writing at Philly dot com, Leonard Boasberg considers the speech that Eric Cantor was too timid to give because the audience might include persons who (gasp!) disagreed with him.
The speech Cantor didn’t deliver – which was carried in Penn’s student newspaper, the Daily Pennsylvanian – is a goulash of clichés, cant, hypocrisy, nonsense, and Republican talking points. Referring to the preamble to the Constitution, it asserts, “Pursuing both happiness and independence derive from the ingenuity and grit of the American people, not the American government.” That’s that old “government is the problem” argument, and it’s only half-true.
The other half is that the government established land-grant colleges and the transcontinental railroad. The government played a key role in the creation of the Internet. The government funds scientific and medical research. And the government keeps our air and water clean and the food we eat safe.
Read the whole thing. It’s a delicious take-down of Republican hypocrisy, pretension, and duplicity.