“Follow me, because I believe what you believe.”
This is a paraphrased rallying cry of far too many political campaigns. It’s a common theme for the simple reason that it works. When spoken in solemn tones, or shouted with vigor, it fires up the hopeful. It gives the lone individual a sense of belonging.
Yet, when it’s written down and presented dispassionately, it’s somewhat disappointing as it can be more easily recognized for what it is — a generic slogan for those who wish to garner support. [Read more…]