Tuesday, November 4, 2014

America, In Two Minutes

So I thought that I had composed the perfect Two Cents for today--with inspirational prose that would get you so fired up about voting that you would be busting down the doors to your polling place as soon as we reached 7:00.  And then jazz musician Chris Botti did this before the Monday Night Football game last night:

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Mike Tirico is referring there to the shot of Indianapolis Colts Wide Receiver Reggie Wayne--who appeared to be getting very emotional listening to the Anthem on the sidelines.  Well believe me, Reggie Wayne wasn't the only person who looked like he was cutting onions after that.

And after weeks radio ads, and TV ads, and internet banner ads, and Facebook ads, and yard signs and billboards screaming at us--it's a  man playing a large-bore trumpet that actually affects us most.  And that is really what America is all about.  Not all the yelling and the screaming and the spin--but that place inside all of us that Chris Botti touched with his simple version of a song that we have all heard thousands of times and yet can still move us. 

THAT is what we need to take with us today into the voting booth.

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