"Drawing inspiration from the cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of Europe, which, nourished first by the civilizations of Greece and Rome, characterized by spiritual impulse always present in its heritage and later by the philosophical currents of the Enlightenment, has embedded within the life of society its perception of the central role of the human person and his inviolable and inalienable rights, and of respect for law. ..."
Language is so revealing, isn't it? Compare the above monstrosity (from the preamble to the new Euro constitution) to the clear, straightforward phrasing of the United States' Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
posted on 05/31/2003 12:38:59 AM PDT
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Its absolutely Victorian in its convolution as contrasted to our elegant "plains-spoken" preamble.
posted on 05/31/2003 1:38:05 AM PDT
(Maecilius Fuscus, Governor of Longovicium , Manchester, England. 238-244 AD)
It's a common ruse for would be tyrants to head for the cover of the pedantic tall weeds when they are in danger of being exposed for what they are.
posted on 05/31/2003 1:46:23 AM PDT
Compare the above montrosity (the preamble to the new Euro constitution) to the clear, straightforward phrasing of the United States' Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
Exactly! What a wordy, incomprehensible mess.
posted on 05/31/2003 7:31:09 AM PDT
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