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Semantics and Perception December 1, 2011

Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
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Great speech writers know the delicious power of words. Correctly strung together, their intricate interactions can produce masterpieces of thought. A great speech brings the audience into the process with the speaker. It engages and reinforces the listener. Even a poorly written speech can be made useful if it is given the right way.

President Obama gives good speech. It is about the only thing he is good at. In every speech during the 2008 campaign he ran on the mantra of ‘change’. He claimed that word and rode it right into the White House. For that I tip my hat. He chose a word that meant so much to so many. For a vast number of Americans, a ‘change’ to an Obama presidency meant no more rent payments, free gas and lots of entitlements doled out by the government. For others, ‘change’ meant a break in the long standing tradition of white, male power in the White House. Others saw the ‘change’ as a more compassionate, engaged-with-the-common-man presidency. However defined, enough Americans bought into the ‘change’.

Now we know exactly what kind of ‘change’ Obama wanted. He wanted a fundamental ‘change’ to the way America exists. He wants to destroy capitalism and replace it with socialism. He wants reparations for all the down trodden and oppressed; a trophy for just existing. If we don’t stop him now, we will never get back the America our founding fathers created.  A society cannot survive when they are not required to participate and contribute and if the carrot is removed and there is no reward for success, there is no reason to exist. I agree it’s time to make a change.

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