March 20th, 2008 09:04 EST
Did Obama Chase a 'Skinny Rabbit' into a Cave?
DID OBAMA CHASE A “SKINNY RABBIT” INTO A‘CAVE’
An old West Texas proverb says that if you’re going to hunt rabbits, it’s hard enough to catch them when they have meat on their bones so do NOT waste your time chasing skinny ones because it’s the law of diminishing returns on steroids. Rabbits are hard enough to catch when they’re well-fed. No need to chase the ones that aren’t worth the effort.
Should Barack Obama have listened?
Another parable (not necessarily from Texas) is about a dog that carried a bone in his mouth and looks over a bridge to see his reflection in the water. Thinking he saw another dog he can intimidate into giving up its bone, he barks. However, a consequence of asserting himself is that the dog on the bridge loses his bone to the imaginary dog – namely the water.
Did Barack Obama “out-politicize” himself by not distancing himself much earlier from that which he knew was wrong? Barack Obama’s pastor of 20 years, Jeremiah Wright, helped him to endear himself to much of the black community. The base was solidified. It was time to move on to independents and disenchanted democrats.
Hang on there………..
“Senator Obama, about this little connection you have with a pastor who not only dabbles in the incendiary but is charged by it. Can you explain it?”
Should the answer be, “Well, I was chasing skinny rabbits.”?
If the answer IS, “yes” then the skinny rabbit in this instance was political expediency. However, skinny rabbits take many forms while remaining metaphoric in nature and interpretation.
Dr. John Trent is available to discuss the merits (few, if any) and disadvantages (many) of chasing skinny rabbits, whether our name is Barack Obama or any other American.
ABOUT DR. JOHN TRENT…
John Trent, PhD, is president of StrongFamilies.com and The Center for Strong Families, a training center in Scottsdale, Arizona, where lay leaders, counselors, and pastors are trained to become StrongFamily Coaches in their churches and corporate settings. Dr. Trent is a much sought-after speaker on the topics of building strong relationships and strong workplace teams. He has authored and coauthored more then a dozen award-winning and best-selling books for adults and children. His books include The Blessing, The 2-Degree Difference, and The Treasure Tree. John has been a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs across the country. He and his wife have been married for more than twenty-eight years and have two daughters. Dr. Trent may be contacted at either www.chasingskinnyrabbits.com or www.strongfamilies.com.
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