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"Read my lips: no new taxes"


基本表現とは別に、実世界では印象に残る言葉があります。ABCニュースがまとめた映像で"Read my lips: no new taxes"が使われていたのでよっぽど有名なんでしょう。なぜかオックスフォードの学習辞典にも使われてしまっています。

Read [Watch] my lips!
⦅くだけた話⦆ 私の言うことをよく聞け (!ややぶしつけな表現) .

read my lips
(informal) used to tell somebody to listen carefully to what you are saying
Read my lips: no new taxes (= I promise there will be no new taxes).


"Read my lips: no new taxes" is a phrase spoken by then-American presidential candidate George H. W. Bush at the 1988 Republican National Convention as he accepted the nomination on August 18. Written by speechwriter Peggy Noonan, the line was the most prominent sound bite from the speech. The pledge not to tax the American people further had been a consistent part of Bush's 1988 election platform, and its prominent inclusion in his speech cemented it in the public consciousness. The impact of the election promise was considerable, and many supporters of Bush believe it helped Bush win the 1988 presidential election.

The line later hurt Bush politically. Although he did oppose the creation of new taxes as president, the Democratic-controlled Congress proposed increases of existing taxes as a way to reduce the national budget deficit. Bush negotiated with Congress for a budget that met his pledge, but was unable to make a deal with a Senate and House that was controlled by the opposing Democrats. Bush agreed to a compromise, which increased several existing taxes as part of a 1990 budget agreement.[1]

Yutaがブッシュ大統領で印象に残っているのはNew World Orderという言葉。冷戦終結の時に青年だったYutaとしてはフランシス・フクヤマの歴史の終わりなどとともにより良い世界が実現すると素朴に信じることができた頃でした。

この用語が陰謀史観のコミュニティだけではなく一般にも広く知られるようになったのは、1988年12月7日に時のソビエト連邦共産党書記長ミハイル・ゴルバチョフが、全世界に向けて行った国連演説がきっかけである。また1990年9月11日に時のアメリカ大統領ジョージ・H・W・ブッシュが湾岸戦争前に連邦議会で行った『新世界秩序へ向けて(Toward a New World Order)』というスピーチでアメリカでも有名になった。下記は1991年3月6日の『新世界秩序(New World Order)』というスピーチの一部の抜粋。

Until now, the world we’ve known has been a world divided—a world of barbed wire and concrete block, conflict and cold war. Now, we can see a new world coming into view. A world in which there is the very real prospect of a new world order. In the words of Winston Churchill, a "world order" in which "the principles of justice and fair play ... protect the weak against the strong ..." A world where the United Nations, freed from cold war stalemate, is poised to fulfill the historic vision of its founders. A world in which freedom and respect for human rights find a home among all nations.