Media, Politics

Nothing but Words

02.21.08 | Comment?

Lately, I seem to be out of words myself. But the present attack strategy that the Clinton campaign is employing to blunt the ongoing Obama overthrow got me thinking about words. The average American speaks about 15,000 words per day. An average #2 pencil will produce around 45,000 words. The Oxford-English unabridged dictionary is filled with over 400,000 words.

So Obama is “full of words” – an interesting tactic. I tend to agree, he is full of words, but the sentences he’s making with those words are far more effective than what we’ve seen from Clinton or McCain. When you think about a leader, one of the most important traits is to be able to effectively and consistently communicate a shared end-state in a compelling and engaging manner. Provided that leader also is able to identify and motivate expert talent, that leader despite experience level, can be very effective.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

As the Gettysburg Address at merely 272 words demonstrates, a few well-placed words can change the world. Good luck with that attack tactic Hillary…we’ll see if it works out for you.

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