Ideological starvation yields thin words
Posted by aogSaturday, 24 January 2009 at 08:27 TrackBack Ping URL

Orrin Judd asks, with regard to President Obama,

But he only gets one bite at stuff like the Convention Speech and the Inaugural and they’ve been historically awful. Given how much everyone on the Left loves him, is it really that hard to hire someone who can write a decent speech?

Probably not. Writing good speeches requires a coherent set of political principles, which are illuminated via the speech. No principles, no good speech. As Random Jottings notes frequently, much of the motivation for the MAL is poser-nihilism, a “philosophy” that has the trappings of Russian nihilism but with the unthought presumption that everything can collapse without endangering its proponents pampered lives.

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