The Blanket

From Connolly to Dylan
 


Win O'Toole • 8 May 2004

“Don’t follow leaders, watch your parking meters…forget the dead you’ve left, they will not follow you”…Is there anything Dylan didn’t get right? Connolly said as much in his time. What mattered to him was improving life for people. His spirit today favors no style, no method, no technique. His approach was radical because it focused on essential questions.

In their Easter speech (3 May) the IRSM “welcomes with open arms any member who shares our perspective.” I thought uniting meant welcoming all perspectives.
Instead of plotting a course that would change the way people deal with change and loss, the speech plotted a safe, old tough-sounding course of action.

Will anyone say, I don’t know the way forward. A plan for the future is only our best guess today. What are we going to do differently today? Now there would be a speech.

But who would make this simple admission? It would not sound like leadership as people prefer it. “You’re the leader. If you don’t show us the way we’ll get someone who will.” And, as the saying goes, we change horses instead of highways.






 

 

 

Index: Current Articles + Latest News and Views + Book Reviews + Letters + Archives

Home

 



 

 

Letters of interest to local and international media, as well as letters sent to the webmaster of The Blanket will be posted here.
The Blanket welcomes your opinions, letters to the editor, and other contributions. All submissions must include your name, address, and a phone number for verification; anonymous submissions will not be accepted. Pseudonyms are discouraged but will be considered if necessary or for satirical purposes. The author bears sole responsibility for the opinion he or she expresses.
 

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

 

LETTERS

 

 

The Blanket

http://indiamond6.ulib.iupui.edu:81/

 

 

Latest News & Views
Index: Current Articles
Book Reviews
Letters
Archives
The Blanket Magazine Winter 2002
Republican Voices

To contact the Blanket project with a comment, to contribute an article, or to make a donation, write to:

webmaster@phoblacht.net