On my studio wall is a framed card that reads, "The pen is mightier than the sword, but nothing compares with the vocal chords." Four days of gavel-to-gavel convention watching have reminded me, a professional speaker, of the difference between bad, mediocre, good, and great speechifying. There was a lot of "not nearly ready for prime time" dross ... and some truly magical moments. I'm also reminded that although I am an avowed "action fanatic," ideas do matter. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton both said the 2004 election is a "battle for the soul of the nation." Obviously, they'd both like you to vote for John Kerry, but the point is that this vote is, whatever your political persuasion, about a turning point concerning nothing less than the idea of what America is all about.
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
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