TO THE EDITOR: When you get two politicians together, you can bet that neither is learning because both are talking.
Recently, Michelle Bachman and Arlen Specter met on a radio talk show and they both were talking at the same time. Mr. Specter was getting very frustrated and said, "I'm going to treat you like a lady, now act like one." Listen to learn.
Politicians tend to say one thing then do another. In the new senator's acceptance speech, Scott Brown sounded very conservative. He said "Raising taxes, taking over our health care and giving new rights to terrorists is the wrong agenda for our country." Once in Washington, the first person he met with is the liberal Republican, John McCain. Behavior will reveal the truthfulness of speech.
President Obama is the best political wordsmith. We can learn from and also predict what he will do by listening to his words. He met with George Stephanopoulos to discuss the election in Massachusetts and said, "I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values. And that I do think is a mistake of mine."
To learn from us, about our core values, Mr. Obama should listen to us, by speaking with us. But the truth is, he is still not listening to us. He has chosen to dismiss the Tea Party, The 9/12 Project, town hall meetings and three recent upset elections. Instead, he chooses to speak to us about our core values. We need to change our core values by listening to Professor Obama, who will do the speaking. Then institutions will be forced to align with our new and improved core values.