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Let's Win This With Words, How About It?


I plan to contribute what I can to the re-election of Barack Obama
and to placing Congress  in the hands of a sane majorities
I do not want to match the Republicans with money
I want to defeat them roundly with words

According to the Gospel of John 
a Word made this whole thing
Words are surely capable of doing in the destructive
unpatriotic spoiled perverse forces
that have kept us at the edge of the cliff  W dangled us from  

A simple word well-applied  can win this
Risk
Everyone knows Mitt is a flip flopper
Everyone knows he is captive of the Right Wing 
But do we know what a risk he is
Mitt Romney is more risky than W
Make a list of important things
Append Romney and risk
The associations are manifold
Genuine and chilling

Our President has been a bulwark
He has made us secure
and set us on a path of stability
in spite of an attack that has not been seen
since the decade prior to the Civil War

We need to show the truth
With words 
We muffed it in 2000 and 2004 
We saw the light in 2008
We should easily beat the Republicans in 2012
We should meet every fund-raising goal
We should continue to build the greatest grass roots effort ever
But most of all we need to get the words right
Lets not make people's eyes bleary with what they already know
Let's show them fear in a substantial handful of notes 
of just what would happen to us if Mitt Romney were to become President


Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…