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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Burning coals to Kerry's lips.

Bill Clinton was mighty fun to watch last night. (I was sitting at the bar in Upstairs on the Square with Mrs Philocrites and two politics-loving friends, sipping our way through the evening's speeches.) My two cents to add to all the rhetorical analysis today is that Clinton very subtly connected with biblically alert church goers with a refrain in the second half of his speech: "Send me." That's not just any old phrase, and it moved his speech into a rhetorical groove with a long history. It was a nice touch.

On the way home, Mrs Philocrites and I amused each other by humming the overused Catholic pop hymn, "Here I Am, Lord." One of us suggested that Kerry could use a live coal from the tongs of the previous Democratic president. (It was late, drinks were consumed, I can't remember which of us thought of it, but some enterprising political cartoonist could draw a nice seraphim with Clinton's nose alighting near a dazzled Kerry-Isaiah. Or, maybe not. Like I said, it was late.)

Unfortunately, I was paying no attention to Jimmy Carter — his drawl made him impossible to understand on the bar TV — or to the minister who served with Kerry in Vietnam, so I can't comment on the homiletical influences in the two other speakers most likely to have had a bit of church in their speeches.

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 27 July 2004 at 5:41 PM

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July 27, 2004 06:26 PM | Permalink for this comment

I thoroughly enjoyed Governor Clinton's speech -- I come from school of thought that applies a person's highest-formerly-held non-unique position in honorifics -- last night, and caught the "send me" piece, even as he cited "be not afraid" as scriptural. Does President Bush -- soon to be Governor Bush, I hope -- even cite the Bible? Or read it?

But as for Governor Carter having a drawl: I don't get it. But that Kerry fellow has something of an accent, and Sen. Kennedy is nigh on unintelligable. Right?

Roger Kuhrt:

July 28, 2004 05:34 PM | Permalink for this comment

Scott suggests, ". . . Sen. Kennedy is nigh on unintelligible. Right?" Wrong!, and I kneel in deep prayer that "god" heal either your mind or your ears! From a more religious perspective was he not "casting out demons?" And overall I felt that Kennedy's presentation was a fine example as I have ever heard of a 7th Principle Sermon.

And Philocrates, apart from the potential of public drunkenness, I will have to admit that after a couple of gin and tonics--you could "send me." It ain't no Chicago 68, but the Boston DNC appears to have shaping/forming power for a future for the USA.


July 28, 2004 05:56 PM | Permalink for this comment

Seventh Principle? How? I have to admit that I started drifting during Kennedy's speech. (I had heard him introduce Sen. Byrd earlier in the day at an event in Cambridge with Wesley Clark, and he seemed fresher the first time around.)

Roger Kuhrt:

July 28, 2004 07:34 PM | Permalink for this comment

If you examine the speech, at every point he is demonsrating the need for systemic and interdependent action/reflection to have a meaningful response to our current situation(s). He shows how the Bush policies purport to focus on "war" "military" but really don't focus on any specific item ("war"), but pull funding, energy, etc. from every and all other aspects of our cultural life together. Such that if we continue he is predicting that we will become just another failed Empire. If you follow his suggestions for remedy--follow the monies--you again find how he emphasizes interdependence and movement from the grass roots UP rather that from Corporate Universals DOWNWARD (Halliburton et. al.). His understanding is simply an Applied perspective that presumes an Interdependent Web of Life. We once again have the same kind of situation the Universalists found themselves in: the culture at large has adopted our position--or in the case of the 7th principle; I believe we just borrowed a cultural ideal, but did so just prior to its becoming a normative understanding in the popular mind.


July 28, 2004 08:16 PM | Permalink for this comment


It's too bad you missed Carter's speech. He was the designated attack dog for the week. Extremely good and very critical of Bushco. Jimmy was always a gifted preacher.

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