Listening to some King Crimson can be enlightening. I think the following song pretty fairly describes what we are all vulnerable of falling into: Elephant Talk.

Talk, it’s only talk
Arguments, agreements, advice, answers,
Articulate announcements
It’s only talk

Talk, it’s only talk
Babble, burble, banter, bicker bicker bicker
Brouhaha, balderdash, ballyhoo
It’s only talk
Back talk

Talk talk talk, it’s only talk
Comments, cliches, commentary, controversy
Chatter, chit-chat, chit-chat, chit-chat,
Conversation, contradiction, criticism
It’s only talk
Cheap talk

Talk, talk, it’s only talk
Debates, discussions
These are words with a d this time
Dialogue, dualogue, diatribe,
Dissention, declamation
Double talk, double talk

Talk, talk, it’s all talk
Too much talk
Small talk
Talk that trash
Expressions, editorials, expugnations,
exclamations, enfadulations
It’s all talk
Elephant talk, elephant talk, elephant talk

To avoid in falling into the trap of just being an empty echo chamber, we have to do more than just talk. That is why projects like the Twelve Days of Scalito are so important. We need to make sure we make our collective voices heard in the halls of government. Constituent letters are more influential than most people realize.

We need to be vigilant and pro-active to make sure that Congress begins to hold the Bush administration accountable and that they begin to take back some of the power they cravenly invested in the Executive Branch. We need more projects like the 12 Days of Scalito.

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