Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What's in a name?

One must keep ever present a sense of humor.

Katherine Mansfield
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Hello Ernie
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I am amused to find that most of the Republicans who are running for their party's nomination have one syllable names: Mitt, Newt, Rick, Ron. I'm sure it makes good political sense these days to try to present yourself as a real person, a regular guy, an All American Boy or Girl. So why not have a regular guy nick name?

Except for Ben Franklin and Abe Lincoln it seems to be a modern day phenomenon. But think about it. Would our sense of history be different if our Founding Fathers had regular guy names. After George we had Jack Adams. Tom Jefferson, Jimmy Madison, Andy Jackson, Marty Van Buren ("Van").

Later we had Frank Pierce, Zack Taylor, Milli Filmore (does that work for you?), Ulie Grant and the Harrison boys, Bill and Ben, Billie Taft and Woody Wilson. All regular guys.

I don't know what to do with Rutherford, Chester and Grover, but moving toward and into the last century we got to enjoy the Roosevelts, Teddy and Frankie, Cal ("Cool") Coolidge and Herb Hoover. All American Boys everyone.

With the 20th Century things loosened up quite a bit with Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter. But why not Ronnie Reagan and Georgie Bush?

Now we hear Barry Obama, but not very often. And it seems clear that if you want to run for President in the Republican party you have to have a one syllable name. Well that counts me out. Anyone out there named Rip, Rock, Rap or Rump interested in the job?

Dana - The Vagabond
Never give up.
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2 comments:

Geo. said...

Great post, DB! Enjoyed it. You think John Adams and John Quincy Adams used "Quincy" for historical clarfication or because they kept getting each other's mail?

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