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NCDD-DISCUSSION  January 2007, Week 3

NCDD-DISCUSSION January 2007, Week 3

Subject:

presidential candidates' different uses of dialogue-speak

From:

Sandy Heierbacher <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Sandy Heierbacher <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sat, 20 Jan 2007 15:44:19 -0500

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The news is all over the fact that Hillary Clinton just launched her
presidential exploratory committee, and I felt compelled to go to her
website and view her main video.  I went to Barack Obama's site as well, and
noticed that in both of their main videos, they use language that we in the
D&D community are very familiar with ("let's start a dialogue", "engaged
citizens working together," etc.).

 

I was struck, though, by how different they both sound.  Hillary says "We
all need to be part of the discussion if we're all going to be part of the
solution....  So let's talk; let's chat; let's start a dialogue about your
ideas and mine."  While Barack says "We have to change our politics, and
come together around our common interests and concerns as Americans....  I
learned that meaningful change always begins at the grassroots; that engaged
citizens working together can accomplish extraordinary things."

 

Perhaps it's their tone, more than their words, that makes me feel that
Barack really knows what he's talking about - and really means what he says.
Hillary's words actually make me cringe a little bit, because they seem to
make dialogue sound like such a fuzzy, feel-good process that is used just
to make people FEEL involved.

 

It fascinates me that some of the backbone concepts of this field are being
used by both of these potential presidential candidates, yet in one instance
they seem empowering and sincere, while in the other instance they seem
meaningless and even a bit manipulative.  I'll admit that a large part of
this may be my own biases. I am not overly excited about the idea of Hillary
Clinton being our next president, even though it would be amazing to have a
woman as commander in chief. All of my family members (they're ALL
conservative) have such strong contempt for Hillary, and it reminds me too
much about how most of the progressives in my life feel about George W.
Bush.  I see the possibility of President Hillary Clinton as the
equal-and-opposite of President Bush. A different party will be in the
office, but our leader will be as polarizing as Bush has been.  Another
love-him-or-hate-him (well, her) president. I see John Edwards and Barack
Obama as being much less polarizing figures; much more about to make us feel
like "one America" again.

 

What do you guys think of all of this?  How do you feel about how these
concepts are being portrayed by these potential candidates?  And what do you
think the implications are for us (the D&D community/field/movement) of a
democrat being elected president?  We might not like to admit it, but I
think we know that progressives are much more likely than conservatives to
support the work of this community.

 

Here's Hillary Clinton's video:

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/feature/video/

 

And here's Barack Obama's:

http://www.barackobama.com/video/

 

And if you want to tear up, here's Obama's "about" video:

http://www.barackobama.com/video/about.php

 

Best,
Sandy

Sandy Heierbacher
Director, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)

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