Sticking to it

I heard a feature story on the radio that part of the success of the conservative candidates recently has been their ability to keep on message. No matter what.

The reporter argued that liberal candidates refuse to hit below the belt. And the trouble is, liberal candidates listen to jerks.

Think about the last time you had an argument. Did you approach the discussion with an open mind, listening to other views? Or did you head into the conversation with fists swinging?

Seems that swinging your fists may help cement your argument with listeners.

But if your objective is to find common ground, then you may get brushed aside in an argument with someone willing to verbally punch you.

Daughter number two and I were talking about the issue and we decided it’s hard to find balance. On one hand, you want to stick to your guns and follow your heart. On the other hand, someone who is willing to punch you may have the final say.

For example, the reporter said that Rush Limbaugh has referred to President Obama as a jackass, boy, racist and Satan. And supporters refuse to swat back.

Meantime, daughter is in the midst of ironing out her theatrical play, and asks actors for feedback. Some suggestions are good and others are not. To her credit, she has the spice to stick to her guns and let her vision guide the play.

The nugget worth saving is knowing, deep in your gut, that your vision is the right one. And since she is the author of the play, she can swat aside the jerks.

I wish someone would swat Limbaugh.


About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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1 Response to Sticking to it

  1. MaryJean Williams says:

    Cindy, I think you just did.


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