Thursday, December 13, 2007

Who Do You Want to Speak for You?

In small towns we can speak for ourselves in town meetings. At the national level we have a representative system. We can only speak for ourselves in the voting booth, and hope that the others who vote speak as we speak. One of those for whom we vote will emerge as the chosen one of the majority of speakers, voters, to represent them and their views in the process of governing.

For right now, I ask that you try to ignore, put aside and suspend your examination of whatever topic, subject or issue you might be considering and concentrate on your evaluation of those who deign to speak for us.

Here's an example of an exercise which might be helpful.

Compare and contrast your reaction to, and evaluation of, George Mitchell's message to us, the American people, on the topic of MLB players' use of drugs, to any presentation by George W. Bush and/or presentations of the current candidates for president. State why, and on what basis, you admire and prefer one or more of their presentations to those of others.

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