One of the most troubling aspects of President Obama's inaugural speech yesterday was his phrase
"The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works"
This sounds so good, especially to those of us who went to college and have forgotten that wisdom is measured by the values we express in our daily lives. Put another way, wisdom is a reflection of the right ordering of our ethical and moral lives. With this understanding of wisdom in mind, the President's question is seen as empty of rhetorical content. Were to have written this speech, I would have asked President Obama say something like...
"The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether its institutions reflect the values upon which this country was founded"
Why is my version better than President's Obamas? Well, Benito Mussoline made the trains run on time.