Friday, September 22, 2006

Sen. McCain visits BC

He was the guest for this year's Freshman Convocation, which was held last Monday, same day as Dr. Garcia's talk. (People were wondering how many people would have attended the talk if the convocation had not been taking place that same evening.)


U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks with Boston College student journalists before he addresses the 3rd annual First Year Academic Convocation on the university's campus in Boston Monday night Sept. 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., points to the area of his face that was treated for skin cancer several years ago as he advises Boston College football coach and fellow Naval Academy graduate, Tom O'Brien, to protect himself from the sun as he patrols the sideline and practice field on sunny days before McCain addressed the 3rd annual Boston College First Year Academic Convocation on the campus in Boston Monday night Sept. 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
AP - Sep 18 6:39 PM

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., watches as freshman process into Boston College's 3rd annual First Year Academic Convocation on the university campus in Boston Monday night Sept. 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
AP - Sep 18 6:48 PM

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, stands with Boston College President Rev. William Leahy, S.J., center, and Father Joseph Marchese, right, as they watch freshman proceed into the First Year Academic Convocation on the university campus in Boston Monday night Sept. 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
AP - Sep 18 5:22 PM

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks with Boston College President Rev. William Leahy, S.J., right and Father Joseph Marchese, left, before addressing the First Year Academic Convocation on the university campus in Boston Monday night Sept. 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. stands with political advisor John Weaver, center, back stage before addressing Boston College's First Year Academic Convocation on the university campus in Boston Monday night Sept. 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
AP - Sep 18 5:25 PM

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., looks up as he listens to the singing of 'God Bless America' by a student before addressing the Boston College First Year Academic Convocation on the university campus in Boston Monday night Sept. 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
AP - Sep 18 6:37 PM

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., responds to a student's question druing Boston College's 3rd annual First Year Academic Convocation on the university's campus in Boston Monday night Sept. 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

photo; Heights article (AP, Boston Globe)

I haven't found the text of his speech online yet.

McCain also invoked the importance of using one's gifts to give back to one's country, to embrace and perpetuate the liberty associated with America. Freedom, he said, is a right that comes with a set of duties, and the responsible citizen should recognize those obligations and pursue them to the fullest extent.

"As blessed as we are, we are an unfinished nation," he said. "We must take our place in the enterprise of renewal, giving it our time, our counsel, our labor, and our passion to the enduring test that will make our nation and this world a better place."

It is the freedom and liberty that the American people enjoy that has spurred them to make this nation great, he said, and these ideals should carry over into America's interaction with the world. "As long as people are free to act in their own interest and will perceive their interest in an enlightened way … we will be a civilization for the ages, in which we all share in the promise and responsibility of freedom," said McCain.

"We must represent to the world, even in perilous times, when we confront enemies who share none of our values, scorn the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that are noble to our history. We must always show the world that those values are dearer to us than anything - dearer even than life itself," he said, alluding to the current U.S. involvement in the war on terror.
Sounds like the typical Americanist liberal propaganda. Really, my patience for such demagogy is wearing thin... since everyone (like the President whenever he talks about the "War against Terror" or Dr. Rice at commencement last May... and so do the Democrats) uses it but doesn't link it to anything substantial.(Ah yes, "think" versus "thick" accounts of the good.)

The senator's website.

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