Brendan Keenan: Let's be careful what we wish for in this intractable crisis
Published 02/06/2011 | 05:00
'EPluribus Unum" it said on the presidential seal behind Barack Obama in College Green -- "From Many, One." Whatever your views on the US, there is no denying it has the best constitutional language.
Europe has the endless, unreadable pages of the treaties, as amended by Lisbon, and not much else. Hardly anyone knows what the stars mean -- something to do with Charlemagne and the once popular Miraculous Medal. There is a decent anthem from Beethoven but if there is a motto, I am not aware of it.
Perhaps "Be Careful What You Wish For," might be apt, given the story so far. I leave it to the classical scholars among you to render it into appealing Latin.