In order to help fulfill my patriotic duty on this Veteran's Day, I watched the presidential debate from the end of October. I have a personal appeal to the participants of the presidential candidacy process:
Please, please, please, please, for the love of all that is holy, find new metaphors, ok? No more carrots, sticks, thorns, sticky situations, big challenges, drumbeats, red-line, crystal clear, inches and miles, and, please, no more saber-waving. Just a few new analogies. You're all college educated; break out and find a way to talk about these things like you're not trying to teach a room of third graders about who you want to be when you grow up.
(oh, and if it's not too much trouble, could we ditch the vigorous diplomacy, tell the truth mode, abundantly clear, responsible manner, actions have consequences talk? Thanks so much.)