obama Archive

Ignorance, Vested Interest and Age-Old Rhetoric

There has been a firestorm over Pres. Obama’s remarks on success and reward, which culminated in this beauty: If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. Full video here, but an extract: If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher […]

Political Class Gets It Wrong Again

The members of the political class control communications and campaigns on both sides of politics. Unless they reform to minimise their isolation and arrogance, they will drive further voter disillusion. The NY Times’ David Brooks ┬áraised this recently. He suggested four metaphors for political campaigns: seduction, talent contest, tradesman’s pitch, and warfare. The hard, negative […]

Hume of the Week

Now that Mitt Romney is the Republican candidate, we are faced with the Obama-Romney election. Given what happened in 2008 and since, I am attracted by: Eloquence, when at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection; but addressing itself entirely to the fancy or the affections, captivates the willing hearers, and subdues […]

Hume of the Week

Now that Mitt Romney is the Republican candidate, we are faced with the Obama-Romney election. Given what happened in 2008 and since, I am attracted by: Eloquence, when at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection; but addressing itself entirely to the fancy or the affections, captivates the willing hearers, and subdues […]

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