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  •  Orwell agrees with you. Obama used to. (1+ / 0-)
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    The energy that actually shapes the world springs from emotions — racial pride, leader-worship, religious belief, love of war — which liberal intellectuals mechanically write off as anachronisms, and which they have usually destroyed so completely in themselves as to have lost all power of action ... He [H.G. Wells] was, and still is, quite incapable of understanding that nationalism, religious bigotry and feudal loyalty are far more powerful forces than what he himself would describe as sanity.

    George Orwell

    Obama used to understand this. What made his 2008 campaign so effective was that it combined the three traditional components of persuasion -- logos (appeal to reason), ethos (appeal to justice), and pathos (appeal to emotion). But since taking office, he's been all logos and no ethos or pathos.

    Thus, e.g., we argue with the GOP about whether healthcare reform will really save the average American more money than an income tax cut, instead of about whether healthcare reform is the right thing to do.

    Obama's Tucson speech was a return to his old form. Let's hope (that rings a bell) we see more of that.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 12:01:01 PM PST

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