What is Our Narrative?

I found it interesting to read what Michael Barone had to say about politicians who were successful as they presented a narrative of where the country was an what it needed to move forward. Of our current parties and candidates he says:

Neither party is presenting a narrative, as the Roosevelts and Reagan did, that takes due note of America’s great strengths and achievements. Each seems to take the course, easier in a time of polarized politics, of lambasting the opposition.

That got me wondering, what kind of a narrative would be successful today – and will any candidate present such a narrative? I think I might take a look at the various candidates again for myself to see if there are narratives from their campaigns that Mr. Barone is missing. Does anyone see a candidate who is presenting what they feel is a compelling narrative?

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David is the father of 8 extremely organized children (4 girls / 4 boys) who is constantly seeking answers to tough questions related to parenting, education and politics while moonlighting for 40 hours each week as a technology professional. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, and sports.

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2 Responses to What is Our Narrative?

  1. I think the closest thing to a narrative has come from Obama. He seems to acknowledge the divisiveness that has consumed our body politic and wants to do something about it.

    One thing that I believe has dragged down the discourse here in our country has been the proliferation of professional political consultants. Their goal is not to unite the country, but to put together a coalition that will win. Divide and conquer is the name of the game, and magnifying differences vrs. emphasizing commonalities seems to be part of their arsenal.

  2. David says:

    So the narrative of Obama is – “let’s be more civil and work together for the good of the nation? I like that narrative.”

    I’m surprised that I have not heard anything from Ron Paul supporters. The more I think about it the more I believe that he is offering a narrative as well -” let’s return to our constitutional roots of federalism.”

    Most other candidates seem to be offering – “here’s where I lean in the current system.”

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