God, Family, and the Green Bay Packers
bfudenbe at LAW.MIAMI.EDU
Fri Jan 10 11:25:12 PST 1997
On Fri, 10 Jan 1997, Thomas Erdos wrote:
> Jim Maule writes "I think that most people tend to be less outspoken when
> they feel less competent on the subject matter. Is it possible that Americans
> are far less educated theologically than athletically?" Absolutely. From
> time to time, Jay Leno interviews people on the street about basic knowledge
> about the Bible and it is astonishing to hear some of the answers. I
> regularly play an online trivia game with people around the country. The top
> scoring people often falter on Biblically oriented questions - although they
> do well on questions from other religions and religious works.
A classic example on a related issue comes from the 1984 Presidential
campaign. The Mondale campaign was frustrated: Gary Hart, it seemed to
them, kept *saying* "new ideas,* without presenting new ideas. But they
could not figure out how to explain this to the people.
The story is that, during a staff meeting, one staffer rushed in, saying,
"I got it! I got it! 'Where's the beef?'! 'Where's the beef?'!"
The other staffers looked at him like he was crazy. They had been working
too hard to watch T.V.
(1) If you want to lead the American people, you must be of the
American people, and that means watching TV.
(2) As one columnist pointed out, a hundred years ago,
if politicians wanted to refer to shared experience, they used Bible
stories; today, they use commercials.
Brooks R. Fudenberg
University of Miami School of Law
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