Political wordsmithing may sound new, but guess again
The debates are in full swing. Youâ€™re hearing some very good ideas issuing forth from both sides of the political spectrum. And a lot of what you hear sounds all too familiar.
Letâ€™s look at a few sound bites that seem to reside at that Big Recycling Dump in the Sky.
â€œWe need to re-start the American Dream.â€ Weâ€™ve heard this since people rode horses to debates.
â€œAmerica is the greatest country in the world.â€ Donâ€™t think many of us disagree with that.
â€œWe need to throw out the politicians in Washington.â€ Of course, this has many variations: â€œold boysâ€™ network or school,â€ â€œcorrupt politicians at the mercy of special interests,â€ â€œgridlock.â€
â€œWe need tax reform.â€ Who doesnâ€™t believe that? And it always sells well in Peoria.
â€œA strong national defense is essential.â€ Seems like thereâ€™s a lot of variation in what people believe strong means.
â€œMiddle-class Americans are struggling.â€ This seems to be a common statement from the last 40 years. Wonder if weâ€™ll ever stop struggling?
â€œOur foreign policy is unfocused and ineffective.â€ A claim made before WWII and still made today.
â€œEducation is the key to our future.â€ Well, this certainly has been around since Day One.
â€œWe must lessen our dependence on foreign oil.â€ Thankfully, this is happening at a break-neck pace.
â€œYou can make a difference by casting a vote for â€¦ â€ Name your subject: 1) me; 2) us; 3) throwing the bums out in D.C. Regardless, we hear it every year.
â€œAmericansâ€™ best days are ahead of us.â€ Gosh, I hope so.
Well, if youâ€™re sick of hearing these lines, thereâ€™s a new crop of commonality in political discourse, such as â€œlead from behindâ€ and â€œAmerican exceptionalism.â€ Who can forget Reaganâ€™s â€œshining cityâ€ or â€œI feel your painâ€ from one of the best politicians in recent memory?
While there are ample words in the English language, there appears to be some serious recycling afoot. For me, the prescription for the U.S. is simple. The greatest country in the world needs a strong defense, a chicken in every pot, energy efficient transportation and a lot of smart people who donâ€™t pay taxes. But letâ€™s not do that with the folks currently in Washington.