On Qualifying Sweeping Statements

“Grand claims are qualified in ways that result in accurate, if sometimes awkward, phrase-making. Clinton wanted to set a goal in his 2000 State of the Union address of making America the safest country in the world. He had to settle for the ‘safest big country in the world’; senior policy advisers warned that the United States was never going to top little Iceland or Denmark.”

Jeff Shesol

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