Words we use really do matter, because there's this vast echo chamber and they go across space and they fall on the serious and the delirious alike. They fall on the connected and the unhinged alike. And I am not trying to muzzle anybody. But... no law can replace personal responsibility. And the more power you have and the more influence you have, the more responsibility you have. Look, I'm glad they're fighting over health care and everything else. Let them have at it. But I think all you have to do is read the paper everyday to see how many people there are who are deeply, deeply troubled.... By all means, keep fighting. By all means, keep arguing. But remember words have consequences as much as actions do. And what we advocate commensurate with our position and responsibility, we have to take responsibility for.
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Monday, January 10, 2011
Bill Clinton: "Words Fall on the Serious and the Delirious Alike... They Fall on the Connected and the Unhinged Alike"
Worth recalling right about now, from just last year, in the aftermath of the lovely summer of Tea Bags and Death Panels: