Post-Literate Politics

15 Feb 2012

Wendy Kaminer for The Atlantic:

A phrase like “freedom of liberty” doesn’t need to make sense; it need only convey attitude and invoke emotion. And, to be fair, Santorum’s point is clear … he favors freedom and liberty.

Politicians should not strive to simply be poets. Their words should be deliberate and their meanings clear. To do otherwise is to unseat themselves as the authority upon which we can rely. Granted, Rick Santorum is hardly a source that I would give creedence, but he should attempt to be the standard upon which his supporters can place their faith.

Great political oratory can be poetic, but it must first be honest lest it fails its primary duty: to inform the people.