**I want to preface this post by saying this is not a political blog, so let’s all behave ourselves**
As you may know from the fact that I am the agent for THE ALMANAC OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION, SCANDALS & DIRTY POLITICS, I am a serious political junkie. I love following elections, listening to speeches, following political blogs, listening to the media describe the horse race… I really get into it.
I also think this time of year is an extremely interesting time to be a “words” person, because during an election words take on a power in our nation like perhaps no other time — when being a great writer, or listening to the right writer, and being able to enunciate a vision (and, especially, a story) can be the difference between being president and being an also ran.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and since you all are fellow “words” people, I’m wondering about your response to the rhetoric of the campaign trail. How about those words? We’ve been hearing the words “style over substance” a lot, and open questions about how seriously we should take oratory in general.
So You Tell Me: as a “words” person, how do you view this time of year while looking through the lens of words and story? Can you separate the words from the speaker? Do words clarify or obfuscate? Do words express eternal truths or do people hear their own meaning? Does articulation of a vision make for a better leader or does the vision cover, rather than reveal the truth? Do the stories of the campaign have any relation to the stories we read in novels, memoirs, or history?
And please, separate this from your individual political allegiance, I’m most curious about how you view the power of words and story as they intersect with power.