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What Do I Think? Let Me Check My Demographics…
March 20, 2008, 2:47 pm
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Is it possible to admire the rhetoric of a speech, and at the same time criticize its contents? Absolutely. While some Americans were deeply moved by Barack Obama’s race speech, other commentators have dismissed it uncategorically and unequivocally as the speech of a ‘mere politician.’ Some went on to call it the beginning of the end of his viable candidacy for the presidency of the United States. None of these commentators defined what they meant by ‘mere politician.’ They don’t have to.  All of us, unfortunately, already know what that means.

The line that gives it away is the one in which he said, “I can no more disown him [Reverend Wright] than I can disown the black community.”

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Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil

Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio had an interesting program February 5.  The show hosted Brad Blanton, a therapist of thirty years and the originator of a movement called Radical Honesty. It is Blanton’s supposition that lying is the chief cause of depression, suicide, and relationship failures. Blanton says that lying is a prison in which, rather than telling the truth, we choose instead to “manage our identities” in the eyes of other people. It simply means, make ourselves look good at the expense of the truth.

If Blanton had stopped there, and given us ways to overcome that particular disability, the weakness of cowardice, we might’ve gotten somewhere.

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