I always pondered how Stacy McCain retains his sanity, and now, his secret has been revealed. He does not listen to presidential speeches. Be sure to read his great piece on this at The American Spectator. Likewise, I tend to ignore most speeches by most politicians. I do so because they contain on average about 90% “talking points”, and I have an increasingly low tolerance for “talking points”, which is, of course, politicalese for bullshit! Talking points are basically sales pitches, and generally speaking bad sales pitches, designed to BS the American people. “talking points” are used to “stay on message”, in other words do not say anything that might be used against your party later. Talking points are just another part of the dumbing down of all things in America. Both parties use them, and to me, they are the biggest beatings to listen to, right up there with Marv Albert doing NBA games, and Bob Costas saying anything.
You know them when you hear them. Democrats, for instance, give us the “tax-cuts for the rich” talking point about every 1.2 seconds. Republicans respond with things like “fiscal responsibility” about every 1.6 seconds. To me, it does not even matter if I agree with the politician or talking head and their particular talking point. I am just burned out on the same people spewing the same things. I crave originality, sincerity, and BS-free speeches and debate.
This is why I prefer blogs to talk radio for the most part. Sure there are Dennis Prager and Rush, who are great, and their shows are NOT the usual three hours of “talking points”, but, face it, most talk radio is, well repetitious and monotonous. Blogs, though, are real, and original, well, at least most Conservative blogs are anyway. Blogs are, for the most part, good because they are NOT run by the talking head types, they are done by average folks, who are not part of the DC insiders club. Frankly, political shows, would be far better if they featured more bloggers as guests.
So, if you are tired of politicalese, and talking points, read this blog more, or check out my blogroll, lots of fine blogs are there. Want originality? Want fear-free political discourse and commentary? You are at the right place!