Wise words 31/8/2012
America’s grand literary heritage, as shown by Twain, Whitman, Steinbeck, London and Melville, is embedded in expression of the most powerful ideas in simple language.
Should Mitt Romney win the presidency his victory could well be credited to his unexpected display of this phenomenon in his speech today to the Republican Party convention. In particular, this line:
“President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.”
Everything’s there: a shared grasp of reality, an understanding of primary values, a distrust of hyperbole and above all, a cutting wit.