Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Speech Lessons

The two politicians from Illinois stand in such stark contrast. One so careless with his words, the other often too constrained.

Rod Blagojevich, the mouth that roared, was mute during his 2 month trial that ultimately proved not much except to confirm that corruption is an integral part of the political system. No matter how ill conceived the Governor's musings on the power he wielded, no matter how low he stooped, no matter. 'Words can never hurt me', or at least not a lot, was what seemed to emerge from the verdict of a jury who couldn't decide if stupidity and braggadocio is a crime.

For our President, so eloquent, and so thoughtful, his mind twisting parsing on his comments of last Friday on the right of those in our country to choose when and where to pray, has been yet another painful episode. The man who attacked with such fervor during the campaign when his own religious and cultural background was challenged, has demonstrated an inability to elevate during the course of his presidency. This is particularly frustrating for those who know he knows better. Don't govern like you have just been read your Miranda rights and that everything you say can and may be used against you in a court of law.

Freedom of speech. One should just keep his mouth shut and the other should start speaking his mind.

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