Failure to Communicate

The "dialogue" over Palestine makes perfect sense as soon as you understand that what the Arabs mean by "peace" is "absence of Israel." That's why no matter how many bajillion times they're offered a Palestinian homeland with equal rights for everybody, they walk away claiming they weren't offered peace.

Similarly, the American dream ain't what it used to be, as one of the "Occupy Everything" protesters notes:
Like so many teenagers, I believed in the "American Dream," that I could move to New York from the Midwest and become an artist. I would achieve both fame and success, and I would never have to think about money. 
I get it now. The American Dream has become the exact opposite of the American Dream. Where people used to dream of coming to a place that would treat them fairly, so they could work hard and eventually enjoy the fruits of their labor, we now think it means never having to work hard a day in our lives. Curtsy.

For some reason what comes to mind is a remark John Adams made in a letter to Abigail while he was in France & negotiations for the final peace with Britain lagged on and on.
I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.
Now we don't study anything but Queer Studies and go screaming in the streets for me! me! me!, civilization be damned. The Founders must be so proud.