do Democrats want to actually win?
or do Democrats want to actually impose their political values on others? I was a bit disappointed with the minimal response I got to my previous post, and 2 of my good friends heard my griping offline and put in comments online to it.
Again, I’m oversimplifying it by focusing the question on: what does it take to win. It’s a bottom-line thinking, and perhaps some of it formed by business magazines and corporate-speak that I’m delved into in recent months. Economic preferences aside, business methodology is how things get done, how things happen. Here I sit in Starbucks, and they’ve got a system that cranks people through the lines, ringing dollars quickly and efficiently through the register, and enough warm-fuzzies to give the whole machinery an pseudo-organic feel. Sure it’d be great to go to a little mom-and-pop coffee shop where they know your name, your drink, and pseudo care about your family via small talk, but people are voting with their feet, and they’re frequenting their neighborhood Starbucks.
Marketing works b/c a majority of people still respond to it. To win an election takes a majority of votes on a per state basis, and enough to add up to an electoral college majority. You connect the dots.
As an aside, I’d name Pagitt’s new book (which was not one of the multiple choices) -> Reimagining Preaching: Beyond Speechmaking and Towards a Deep Ecclesiology
and, p.s.s., even as Pagitt rants about reimagining preaching, it still takes a compelling communicator, even if he wants to call it speaching. It’s still public speaking. Your average quality speaker is not going to make it happen. Even if Moses or Paul wrote that they felt inadequate as public speakers, that was perhaps more about their personal feelings than their actual effectiveness – they were still able to speak most compellingly, and greatly used of God’s Spirit for the Exodus and about half of the New Testament, respectively.