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  •  Amazing Graphics, OPOL (8+ / 0-)

    I can see what you're saying about the critical...  but maybe there's another way to look at it.  Hopefully it's why you post here, to be able to make a change.  Maybe instead of:

    This is the land called America.
    Born of genius, blood, courage, imagination,
    Noble experiment, beacon to the world, honorable nation,
    We must all ask ourselves what has become of her?

    It could (should) be:

    This is the land called America.
    Born of genius, blood, courage, imagination,
    Noble experiment, beacon to the world, honorable nation,
    We must all ask ourselves how we return these to her?

    "2009" The end of an error

    by sheddhead on Sun Apr 22, 2007 at 02:21:34 PM PDT

    •  I started to say that would be my next thought... (11+ / 0-)

      but it's more complicated than that I think.  We need to reach for ideals imagined by the founding fathers but never actually achieved in rl.  I think we need to make another run at it, and see if we can't do a whole lot better this time.  I'd give anything if we could actually live up to our promise in a way that we never really have before.

      Imagination is more important than knowledge - Einstein

      by One Pissed Off Liberal on Sun Apr 22, 2007 at 02:36:33 PM PDT

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      •  :) You need more of this in your diaries. (6+ / 0-)

        It's really great.  Really amazing.  Really what we all want to work for.  (Really.)

        People need hope, promise, something to strive for.  If the Fred Phelps school of looking at things worked, we'd all be out protesting at funerals.  

        What I learned in Toastmasters is this (when giving an evaluation or review of a speech):  Tell the person they did well.  Tell them something to improve.  Tell them something else they did well.  

        Sometimes that's so flicking hard.  Honest to Pete, I've reviewed speeches of people who were new to the country, and had amazing accents, and little grasp of English.  And I said, "I could tell how important this topic is to you, and it made me want to know more about it.  If you slow down your speech a little, it will make it easier for your audience to follow you.  But don't lose the passion for the topic, keep reaching out to your audience."

        We don't want someone to say it's all lollipops and rainbows.  We want someone to be honest, and then to say, "and here's how you can help."  You could do that, and do it so well.

        "2009" The end of an error

        by sheddhead on Sun Apr 22, 2007 at 03:04:33 PM PDT

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