By Dave Faries

What Are Words For?


Sometimes I wonder if modern pundits and newly minted representatives can even define words like “negotiation” and “compromise.”

They are in the dictionary, of course. But most people proclaiming fundamental political beliefs are frightened of books, magazines, websites and even newspapers not churned out by their own kind. When strung together into ideas, it seems, words challenge their hard and fast version of the world.

Besides, when a belief is held firmly, as a changeless thing, no amount of logic, fact or persuasion will cause this type to yield their ground—however porous....

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