SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER, REVISITED

communicateWHAT IS SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER? is one of my more popular posts. I believe the dialogue I had in the comments section with Keith DeHavelle largely explains that. Whenever  commented, my readership always increased.

Due to health issues, is now a “retired” blogger — and missed. Fortunately, his wit and wisdom still survives on the Internet and with his family and friends.

Because of the popularity of the expression “speaking truth to power” and its widespread abuse, I hope WHAT IS SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER? also has merit because it explains the origin and meaning of the expression. Therefore, when a commenter suggested that I reblog that old post, I could not resist the flattery.

Debbie L

I had an email about you liking a comment and it had your “Truth to Power” post tagged in it, from 2013. I first heard that term when I was working on a government project. I didn’t understand what she meant, so I am glad now I know! And how funny, I just heard that term again when we accidentally had on the news….we are trying to not listen to it! The comments were closed on it, but it’s good and you may want to reblog is since the left are using that tern of late regarding the election…. (from here)

We both communicate and think in words. Each word represents a set of concepts and beliefs. We use words to bring order to our concepts and beliefs. We use phrases, sentences, and paragraphs so we can be more specific and exact about our concepts and beliefs. Then we communicate our concepts and beliefs with those words. Therefore, to communicate properly, we must understand the meaning of words. Otherwise, we will confuse other people about our beliefs. Otherwise, more devious people will use our confusion over words to manipulate and twist our thoughts and beliefs.

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6 thoughts on “SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER, REVISITED

  1. Perhaos this ancient example will add to your mesage

    Upon Nathan brilliantly preparing David for feedback with a parable and
    creating an atmosphere for the leader to understand, Nathan courageously spoke truth
    to power. Verses 7-12 outline the confrontation process.

    7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel:
    I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul; 8 I gave
    you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave
    you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have
    added as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what
    is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and
    have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the
    Ammonites.10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, for
    you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your
    wife.11 Thus says the LORD: I will raise up trouble against you from within your
    own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your
    neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this very sun.12 For you
    did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

    The mechanics of speaking truth to power involved several components. First,
    Nathan helped David to see that he was indeed the source of the problem both in the
    parable and within his leadership. Second, Nathan specifically outlined the error of
    David’s ways. Third, Nathan articulated what would happen as a result of David’s poor
    decision making. Lastly, it must be noted that this entire process occurred privately.
    Hence, affirming the adage “praise in public and correct in private.”

    Source
    http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/jbpl/vol2no2/Buford_M_JBPLV2N2_Final.pdf

    Regards and goodwill blogging

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  3. Great closing statement. In a post I made almost two years ago I was addressing this issue, with the help of a statement made by Publius-Huldah. https://partneringwitheagles.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/intent-the-founding-fathers-and-natural-born-citizen/

    The digital society a contributing problem – (this is almost three years old; I haven’t been affiliated with Patriot Action Network for a long time)
    https://partneringwitheagles.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/living-in-a-digital-society/

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    1. Interesting articles.

      The situation with Ted Cruz is a bit more complicated, I think, than your post suggests. Admittedly, I had not seen the quote from Franklin, and it is persuasive. However, for what it is worth, I think Cruz was certain the courts would approve his bid, and Trump never took the matter to court.

      Is technology a good or a bad thing? Does it allow us to change the record instantly? Overall, I think technology is a good thing. Look at the trouble savvy technical people gave H. Clinton’s campaign. Wikileaks just dogged her. projectveritasaction.com got people to blab the truth unaware they on video and then broadcast those videos on the Internet.

      The key to making technology work for us is be savvy in its use. That depends upon a good educational system. Allowing the government to educate our children is just a dumb idea.

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