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Recent pieces of news fit into a picture you can use to promote your politics.
Readers sometimes tell me my writing conveys some sense. This response rewards the work of connecting small pieces to form more of a picture.
Or making a vessel to carry some context and content. The tool is hugely more consequential than bumper stickers.
I work from the viewpoint that fragments are too small to carry any weight. Fragments, or shards, is my term for sound bites, slogans, and single facts plucked from the sea of facts. Shards have no threads that tie factor to factor.
Over the years, issue advocacy deteriorated to shuffling through shards.
The strength of crossties is both a means and a theme of mine. Back in June of 2003, I explained my views on the poor quality of public advocacy. In this space I wrote:
“The game these days is to list a fact or two that weigh for one’s side, and pretend there is nothing more to say. The other side picks a fact or two that weigh for them, taking care to pick those that seem to leave no room for accommodation.
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