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Nederland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-31-03 05:22 PM
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36. Just answering the question...
Edited on Fri Oct-31-03 05:34 PM by Nederland
The question you originally asked was whether or not "these words from 1966 are safe today or whether they represent political suicide." My answer to that question was that these words are not political suicide, but empty unless you are prepared to offer a solution.

Imagine if a speaker stood up and said: "Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. We need to solve this problem!" Now imagine if this same speaker stood up and said this exact same thing for thirty years but never added anything more. No talk of solutions, no talk of how the problem was going to be solved, merely the same old tired statement that the problem exists and something should be done about it. How well do you think the public would respond to this speaker in the long run? Do you think, maybe, just maybe, that over time they would start to tune out? Its like standing up and saying the sky is blue--the fact that its true does not make it interesting or compelling.

I think the parallels to the Democratic party here are pretty obvious.

You imply that I believe that all statements that do not specify solutions are empty. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rather, as I specifically stated in post #30, there are stages to polical rhetoric. The first stage is raising awareness of the problem, and this is the stage where statements like King's are valuable and necessary. What was valuable and necessary 30+ years ago, however, may not be valuable and necessary today.

Everybody knows that poverty is a problem. What we need to day is solutions.
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