Complacency is a form of slavery, binding one to a living death of inaction, non participation and default. The shackles are easy to slip into. They’re comfortable chains at first, because they require nothing but your disinterest and indifference. It is only later that the complacent wake up to find their window of opportunity for meaningful change has closed, and that they are trapped and bound to someone else’s agenda.
The President can’t persuade Congress to make meaningful changes if he’s allowing Congress to define the narrative. In a battle of persuasion, he’d best act now or his moment will be lost.
President Barack Obama has struggled to find his footing and shape this debate adequately and persuasively. In part this is because the media gives voice to the loudmouths, and in a shouting match with a mild mannered and reasonable President, this allows the loudmouths to shape the issue.
BONUS POST: In the health-care ‘debate’ currently going on – and I use the word ‘debate’ ironically – those against the bills being considered keep talking about Britain’s system of healthcare and how bad it is. They want to persuade you into believing that it is an awful system, one that can’t hold a…
Overall, it looked like a debate of style vs substance. Palin didn’t provide much in the substance department, but did it with style, so she did better than we were all led to expect. And Biden’s “I’m Joe, and I’m one of you!’ style was understated, but he used it to underline plenty of substance, so I think he did better than Palin. At least that’s my initial take on it.
Just back from a trip to Cincinnati. Along the way, I heard tell of Barack Obama telling a crowd in Lebanon, Virginia, that “You can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig,” and how the McCain campaign then demanded an apology for this ‘smear’ on Sarah Palin, who herself had made a joke involving the word lipstick at the Republican National Convention during her very unlady like attack speech against Obama.
This is a slang expression, long in use, for the fact that when you dress some things up, they’re still what they are, only dressed up. Apparently, McCain has used the expression as well, in reference to one of Hillary Clinton’s ideas, and Dick Cheney used it about John Kerry a few years ago, and McCain’s press secretary wrote a book with this idiom in the title, but now that he has a female running mate who used