All my life I have been drawn to storytellers. The charismatic minister. The flamboyant politician. The country music singer-songwriter. I never get tired of listening to clips of Reverend Martin Luther King. As a boy growing up in West Virginia, I remember sitting with my grandmother listening to Billy Graham sermons on the radio. I was privileged to see Speaker Jim Wright, Senator Hubert Humphrey, and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan speak on the floor of the House of Representatives. They were poets. Whether one agreed or disagreed with their politics, the power and brilliance of their oratory was undeniable.
Alongside these great statesmen and public servants, I place Merle Haggard.
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