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President Obama chooses words carefully.
For example, the President uses the word "reform" often. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary has these definitions:
Most people hear "reform" and think "repair" or "fix" or "correct." Mr. Obama uses the word in its "1 a" sense... to change into an improved form or condition.
- Main Entry:
- Middle English, from Anglo-French refurmer, from Latin reformare, from re- + formare to form, from forma form
- 14th century
1 a: to put or change into an improved form or condition b: to amend or improve by change of form or removal of faults or abuses
2: to put an end to (an evil) by enforcing or introducing a better method or course of action
3: to induce or cause to abandon evil ways <reform a drunkard>
The kicker is the idea that the change will be into an improved form or condition.We can allow Mr. Obama to "re-form" the Constitution, the three branches of government, the Bill of Rights, personal liberty and choice, or any number of "re-forms." We can re-form our free market system into a government managed system. We can re-form our elected system of government into a "czar" system. We can re-form government of the people into governing of the people.
Re-forming based on slight-of-words may not repair, fix, or correct anything.