What’s in a Name?


How we think of people and how we automatically close on a word or name is interesting. Is a word used intentionally or does it just “crop up” in a conversation? Our minds are like microprocessors – always analyzing and forming opinions. We need to be aware of where our minds naturally go when words are used. Otherwise we may jump to conclusions unrelated to reality without our awareness.


For example, I watched as Santorum justified his support for Marco Rubio and inadvertently used the word “trump” in his comment. He immediately stated with a blush that he was not referring to Donald Trump. Having the last name of Trump as a candidate is convenient for someone who is known for “trumping” others when making a deal.


Will Cruz “cruise into being elected”? Huckabee reminds me of Huckleberry Finn – down home and country. Santorum – solid. Bernie sounds like someone I could like, hang out with and have a beer. Hillary - in this case I think the woman has defined the name instead of the other way around. Ben – I wonder if he was named after Benjamin Franklin?


Chris Christie – reminds me of my old Latin training in parochial school for some reason. Rand was named after a specific person – I wonder how that has influenced who he has become and where he stands on issues? John Kasich – his name fits him and his demeanor. Maybe his accent and mannerisms remind me of my home State of Illinois. I didn’t know J.E.B. was an acronym until just lately. The name fits him - down to Earth, solid, and serious.


Bobby Jindal – energy. Marco Rubio – Marco Polo, a game we played as children -just rolls off my tongue. Scott Walker – strength; Lindsey Graham – Southern; Rick Perry – the guy next door. Carly Fiorina sounds like an Italian sports car. I noticed when she speaks to a crowd she begins all her comments with the word Citizens.


I like that Carly begins her sentences with our collective name. It sounds like a call to action for we the citizens of the United States of America. It is as if she is waking us from a dream, shaking us and calling us by a name that unites us. Maybe collectively we need to be shaken, to wake up, to think seriously about what unites us instead of what divides us.


What does the word citizen awaken in your brain – where does your mind immediately go? Do you immediately think of the country in which you live? How are the duties for a citizen in the United States of America different from citizens of other countries? Carly uses a very serious tone and a direct stare when she begins a sentence with the word citizens. Being citizens of the United States of America should awaken a sense of pride. It also should awaken a sense of opportunity for all regardless of where we begin. It does for me – an only daughter of a lower middle class family of six. Never expected to go to college – expected to get married, have children and be a housewife. Not accepting what people expected changed my life. Being a citizen of the United States gave me the opportunity to follow my own path.


We as a country have collective experiences – and individual experiences. Some good and some not so good. We have much for which to be proud even if our country is far from perfect. Who we elect for our leadership team is important, worth study and taking action. Just as Carly awakens us with what she calls us, we (Catherine McBreen and I) want to awaken citizens to a new concept. We want citizens to fully utilize the strength, energy and diversity of the seventeen original Republican candidates for President. With diverse backgrounds, experiences and professional expertise, they make a good executive team. They make the kind of team we need to lead the American team into the future.


We have sent the Republican candidates and their teams our book and our concept of running the Republican candidates as a team. We’ve also sent it to the Republican pundits and decision makers we realize are important in helping to change how we run a national campaign for President, Vice President and fifteen Cabinet positions. In our opinion we have until July when the Republican Convention is held to make this bold move to run the original seventeen candidates as a team to win the election. Can we as citizens influence the candidates, pundits and decision makers to adopt this audacious concept? As my grandmother would say, “You don’t know if you don’t try.”

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