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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-31-03 02:27 PM
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Public rhetoric exists on two levels. The emotional and the factual. Both are part of a great goal of motivating people to support and/or participate in solutions to problems.

Reagan and the GOP right provided the right mix to revitalize conservatism. Reagan gave people the rhetoric of "Morning in America" and the GOP backed it up with specific policies.

I think much of the backlash against our side is not due to an excess of "empty rhetoric." On the contrary I think we suffer from a deficit of "larger vision" such as those in the words of MLK (and JFK and otehrs of their ilk).

Instead, all we have heard in public discourse is the bean-counter side and dry policy analysis. And that leads to apathy and inertia on social progress.

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