There are many times in my life that I wish I was an English Major. For example, once I started blogging on a consistent basis, having an English background would have been nice. Additionally, giving speeches and helping critique speeches are a central component of English. While I feel confident in my abilities to give a great speech and critique someone else's speech, the composition portion of it could have benefited from an English Major.
Politics is no exception. Language defines how we look at different issues in politics. If a politician uses just one wrong word or one word is mis-construed to mean something else, it can get them into trouble. Minnesota Public Radio had a great program today on linguistics. Linguist George Lakoff discussed political language and how it is affecting the health care debate.
I thought it was a great interview and wanted to highlight it. Just remember that when you are giving your speech and you want to be persuasive - language matters!