Let’s talk the talk, walk the walk
Even though there have been exceptional, well-respected politicians and great leaders throughout world history and are in our time, I don’t like politics! I don’t like talking about politics! The word âpoliticsâ comes from the Greek word Î ÎżÎ»ÎčÏÎčÎșÎŹ (politika). In folk etymology, to highlight the unpleasant image concerning the hypocrisy of politicians, people will say that âpoliâ means âveryâ and âtikaâ means âface.â In other jokes, people will say in âpoliticsâ the âpoliâ means âmanyâ and âticsâ refers to the parasites that suck blood to mark the notorious feelings evoked by the term. These simple explanations are enough to clarify why I don’t like politics. However, since the 57th quadrennial US presidential election is on its way and the Republican candidate for the 2012 elections has yet to be decided, recently it’s been impossible not to hear or talk about politics.
A politician has to talk. He/she has to have great public speaking manners and skills because when we speak effectively, develop our own personal style and build poise and confidence communicating with an audience, we can discover our âpower voiceâ within and realize how the correct use of that voice can lead us to be well understood. Actually, in the American education system, the ability to give class presentations is key for academic success. Even from an early age, children are taught poise and public speaking. In such classes, learners do diaphragmatic breathing exercises as the foundation for developing a powerful vocal sound and speech exercises to promote the correct use of the vocal chords and to further develop speech articulation and elocution. They are also taught how body language impacts communication, such as the importance of eye contact with the audience, good physical posture, a natural use of gestures and movement, awareness of audience response and well-developed listening skills. This knowledge a politician can âpurchaseâ through poise and public speaking classes, but intelligence, wisdom and insight are not for sale. If a politician is not naturally bright, he/she does not have much of a chance of becoming a good orator.
I don’t think any of the contenders for the Republican candidacy have either presented themselves well or done well in the debates. Before he dropped his presidential bid, Rick Perry’s goof regarding Turkey was very unfortunate! In The Washington Post, Felicia Sonmez related : âThe Turkish government on Tuesday denounced Rick Perry’s comments about the country during a GOP presidential debate in South Carolina, accusing the Texas governor of making âunfounded and inappropriate allegations.’Â The statement comes after Perry argued that Turkey, a democratic US ally, is ruled by âwhat many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists’ and should have its NATO membership reconsidered. âŠ [US] State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday that US leaders âabsolutely and fundamentally disagree’ with the idea that Turkey is run by Islamic terrorists.â
However, after his âoops!â moment — probably the worst debate flub of all time – I can’t blame him forÂ making such obnoxious comments because he lacks common sense, intellect and wisdom, but I wonder how he dared to think he could run for the presidency. Yet, other Republican candidates are the same difference :
âPalestinians are an invented people.â Newt Gingrich
âOpinion polls consistently show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions.â Ron Paul
« I do not want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money. » Rick Santorum
« If you don’t like my answer, you can go vote for someone else. » Mitt Romney
American writer Eric Hoffer stated that âthe leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.â TheseÂ unfortunate declarations are not even close to what a good leader would say. A great leaderÂ cares about what he/she has to say because he/she knows that if you don’tÂ care about what you say, you are not a leader, you’re a pontificator, and pontificators don’t go far in politics!
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