The Duality of Language

The writing and speeches of the American founders is a completely different sort of language than what commonly passes for political discourse today. The founders spoke in terms clearly understood by their audience, and used words designed specifically to elevate consciousness to the societal consequences attached to political decision making. The message was audience focused rather than speaker focused. The primary goal of every word was to convey cogent meaning with a view toward the goal of a reasoning process.

What passes for political thought today is little more than an assembly of sound bites tailored to attract maximum attention to the speaker, rather than provide useful information for the hearer.

The result of this degradation of language has been to see American society tattered by division and class envy. What might have been powerful political parties standing firm for distinctive principles of government has descended into clamoring demagogues nipping at the heels of opposing thought in order to distract attention from their own moral and intellectual bankruptcy.

Each post to this site will have the primary goal to adhere to standards of language that propelled America from a struggling group disparate colonies to a political and commercial world power within the first fifty years after the Constitution was ratified. It is my intent to use reason, logic, and specific language to further honest discussion of important issues.

Opposing viewpoints and comments will be welcome as long as the authors are willing to play by the rules of cogent arguments supported with factual citation. Name calling, demagoguery, and sharp tongued low blows will not be tolerated.

I look forward to pressing forward the cause of liberty shared by the vast majority of Americans of all political and philosophical stripes.

6 thoughts on “The Duality of Language

    • Thank you for the link to your blog Thomas. You have been a great help to me already, and I truly do appreciate the contribution your blog is making to sustained, rational conversation. I look forward to the future, serving God by your side.
      Dad

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  1. The majority of the Founding Fathers were godly men who believed “that faith in God and a reverence for the Bible provided the basis for the founding of our nation.” They knew what it was to live in tyranny under the British empire and not have freedom to speak their convictions. They also knew only God could bring true freedom and their message conveyed those truths. As Phil stated, “their message was audience focuused rather than speaker focused,” because they were conveying a message of liberty and freedom to empower people, not just insure their own success. Now listen to the people in leadership of our nation today and compare their message to the message of the founding fathers. The leaders today are moved by power, pride and ego not by true love and concern for the American people and look where we are as a nation today.

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    • Thank you Linda for your kind and supportive post. I sense the enthusiasm and passion you bring to this site. Your comment regarding the comparison between founding era speech and the political discourse of today is of strategic importance. The contrasts are indeed stark. The Founders sought to communicate understanding in order to spur the people to act as the power over government. Today’s politicians seek to communicate information about how government should act as the power over people. When the Founders discussed the rights of the people they were describing freedom from government intrusion. When today’s politicians speak of rights they are describing dependence on government largesse. I hope you will continue to read and post here. Most of all I pray you will continue to live out your principles. One person living the truth has more influence that a thousand promoting a lie.

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  2. “We the people” need to follow the example the Founders set before us. Most Americans living during this time don’t know what it is to be enslaved by the government. Unfortunately, in the past few years we have a better understanding of how it might feel if we were to lose our liberties; freedom to worship God and our freedom of speech. “We the people” need to understand what we believe and why and then stand up for our convictions. We can no longer sit idly by and wait for someone else to speak the “language of liberty.” If we don’t speak up, who will? Men and women have given their lives so we might be free. We cannot let their sacrifice be in vain. Now is your time… speak up for liberty.

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    • Again Linda you have touched on a pivotal truth in our ongoing struggle. We face the same challenge that our Founders did. They understood their task to be that of “securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity” (Preamble to the U.S. Constitution). Those who framed the American Republic knew that while liberty is instilled in humans by the Creator, that a contravening tendency of those same humans is toward tyranny when authority is confused with leadership. We still have that Constitution, and therefore we still have the same opportunity to secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity. With opportunity comes responsibility. We the people must use the power of government granted to us by the founders. It is indeed time as you assert for us to speak truth to power in the halls of government. We need to rediscover the ability to stop electing politicians who want to talk to people about government and start electing leaders who will talk to government about people. They are not the government, we are. They are not in charge we are. All the presumed power of those who hold elected office pales in comparison to the hand of a citizen reaching for a lever in the voting booth. I hope we can continue this conversation with our fellow citizens in the days ahead. Thank you for caring enough to speak out.
      A Virginia Patriot,
      Phil

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