"For us let it be enough to know ourselves to be in the place where God wants us, and carry on our work, even though it be no more than the work of an ant, infinitesimally small, and with unforeseeable results."
-- Abbé Monchanin

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Which Hillary?

Which Hillary Clinton will show up at the debate tonight? The amiable on from the last debate or the angry one from the stump in Ohio? She seems to have a Chuckle and Chide personality these days.

Now I'm concerned that if she were to become president, we would worry which personality would appear in meetings with world leaders. Would Chuckle meet with those who agree with her and Chide encounter those who disagree? That's what we've had for the past seven years.

We're told that we just need to get to know the real Hillary Clinton. I agree.

Will the REAL Hillary Clinton please stand up!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Yes, WE Can!

The essential difference between Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton is found in their use of the first person pronoun.

Listen to Hillary and you hear the first person singular used over and over. "I will . . . " "I have . . . " I - I - I.

Listen to Obama and you hear the first person plural pronoun. "We can . . . " "We are able . . . " "Yes we can!" "Si, se puede!"

The second person plural pronoun is also used differently. Clinton says she will do things for you. Obama says he will enable you to do things.

Maybe this is the distinction that should shape how we vote.

When I hear a sermon, I respond more positively to the preacher who speaks of "we" rather than the one who always says "I" and "you." Maybe that is why I prefer Obama.