"It is one of the great, patriotic symbols of our country," Presidential Inaugural Committee spokeswoman Linda Douglass said Friday. "It's a symbol of the American spirit; it's a symbol of unity; it's a symbol of our values. So for all those reasons it's an appropriate place to celebrate an inauguration that is really built around celebrating our common values as a people."

 

So what does “celebrating our common values as a people” mean by Linda Douglass, US presidential inaugural committee spokeswoman?  What are our common values as a people?

 

celebrating our common values as a people (慶祝我們作為美國人的共同價, 理念)

=> celebrating our common values valued by us as a people.

=> celebrating our common values valued by us as a nation.

=> celebrating our common values valued by us the people of the United States .

=> celebrating our common values for being the American people

=> celebrating our common values as the American people

 

Celebrating what kind of common values?  The common values as a people (as the American people).

 

The common values are the fundamental beliefs and constitutional principles of our society, which units all Americans.  The common values of the American people are expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and other significant documents, speeches, and other writings of our nation. The term, by the way comes from a work of Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  These values bind us together as a nation.

 

For more information, you can also look up the Constitution, the Bill of Rights.  http://www.ushistory.org/documents/amendments.htm

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