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The American People, what politicians are saying in our name

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 05, 2004

The American People, what politicians are saying in our name.

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Kip IngramMar 05, 2004 at 11:57AM

That site has a neat idea; I like the solidly non-partisan tone.

markMar 05, 2004 at 1:26PM

only as non-partisan as their source, of course. ;) actually, what would make the site work better is if they used “the american people want”, “the american people need”, and “the american people think” instead of just “the american people”. just a thought.

ericMar 05, 2004 at 2:51PM

Just found this link from Greg’s “eat a bug” comment, then spotted it on the front page. Really clever, I’m linking this one around.

RyanMar 05, 2004 at 7:44PM

First, a criticism - at least one of the quotes I saw was pulled verbatim without attribution. That’s a definite no-no. Don’t make me click the link to sort out who’s speaking in my name (again).

Second… I guess I’m wondering: is “the American people” a linguistic anachronism? It would seem only pundits and politicians use it to describe the population, but perhaps I’m wrong and it enjoys wider usage somewhere else. Additionally, are there any similar descriptors used for citizens of the UK, Canada, etc?

MichelMar 06, 2004 at 11:54AM

“American people” includes people from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Mexico, etcetera. Will the people from the USA ever call themselves with a proper name?

parsimonyMar 08, 2004 at 1:42PM

Will the people from the USA ever call themselves with a proper name?

No.

gogol13Mar 08, 2004 at 9:40PM

they should do one for ‘the iraqi people’ too :D

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