politicians

Reviews of the politicians kissing babies and running governments around the world; applaud and criticize the decisions they make and their implications.

Tom Sharp9 hours ago
Who’s Ahead in the Democrat Presidential Bid?
The TV debates are a go, and there are a plethora of Democratic candidates to choose from to rival Donald Trump for the Presidency in 2020—over 20 in fact. We’ve already had a few candidates drop out,...
Jen Cooper3 days ago
Aussies and Politics
I live in a country whose Prime Minister, in response to a potential recession, once gave everyone $900 each, to help stimulate the economy. I love this. I love what it says about the way we run our c...
Carlos Guerra7 days ago
Bernie Sanders Guest Stars on the 'Joe Rogan Experience'
Can you feel the burn! If you were one of the millions of people chanting this catchphrase 3 years back, then there is a good chance it's 'cause you were a Bernie Sanders supporter. During his run for...
Peter Rose7 days ago
Conviction, in Life and Politics
Conviction in life and politics Definition—Conviction; the state of being convinced, a firmly held belief, opinion, etc. Convince defined as: to make someone agree or realise the truth of something. C...
Move Nancy, Get Out the Way!
They are corrupt. We know that. They are sycophantic. We know that. What we don’t know is what will be done about it. Here’s what won’t do a damn thing—hurling tweeted insults at it. We’ve had it up t...
Paul Levinson18 days ago
Second 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate, Part 2 of 2
The headline of the second part of the Second Democratic Presidential Debate on CNN last night is that Joe Biden did a lot better than he did in the First Democratic Presidential Debate on MSNBC last ...
Paul Levinson19 days ago
Second 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate, Part 1 of 2
I thought the first part of the second 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate, on CNN last night, was much better than the first part of the first 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate on MSNBC last month....
Steve Llano19 days ago
Missing The Debates? Don't Feel Bad
It feels pretty bad to be interested in politics but not want to sit through these three-hour candidate debates that keep cropping up. Featuring ten candidates—three or four you actually have heard of...
Who Is John Ratcliffe?
With Dan Coats leaving as Director of National Intelligence, the Trump administration is suggesting replacing him with Texas congressman John Ratcliffe. Elected in 2014, Ratcliffe represents the 4th D...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Minor Quibble with Kamala Harris
Although it's at most a minor quibble with Kamala Harris's superb performance in this past Thursday's Democratic debate—see my assessment of that over here—I thought, as a past President of the Scienc...
Twelve Boots2 months ago
Democratic Presidential Candidate Speech Styles Part 3
If you haven't already read Democratic Presidential Candidate Speech Styles Part 1 and Part 2, click on the links to read an analysis of the first nine candidates from Iowa's political speed dating rounds. This series looks at what stood out to me the most, and how they decided to best use their five minutes. Tone, body language, vocabulary, charisma, these are the things that make or break a quick, and sometimes first, impression. Using my experience as a teacher of Oracy, and my passion for Am...
Grace Lynch2 months ago
Fix Your Own Country First!
Over the past six days several stabbings have taken place in the UK capital of London, where there have been two fatalities and three injured. London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, expressed his condolences tow...
Twelve Boots2 months ago
Democratic Presidential Candidate Speech Styles Part 2
If you haven't already read Democratic Presidential Candidate Speech Styles Part 1, click on the link to read an analysis of the first four candidates from Iowa's political speed dating rounds. This series looks at what stood out to me the most, and how they decided to best use their five minutes. Tone, body language, vocabulary, charisma, these are the things that make or break a quick, and sometimes first impression. Using my experience as a teacher of Oracy, and my passion for American politi...
Jonathan Reed3 months ago
Tears At Dawn
Oh, Theresa… hasn’t it all gone horribly wrong! After months of will she/won’t she, finally Theresa May announced her resignation as Prime Minister. She stood, like so many before her, in front of tha...
John Heckenlively3 months ago
Bryan Watch: May Week 2
Time once again for a weekend wrap-up on what the House of Representatives, and specifically Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI 1) has been up to. Short answer: Voting like a typical Republican. The big issue of ...
Edward Anderson4 months ago
Why Republicans Should Love Mayor Pete
Pete Buttigieg is surging in the polls, recently beating such heavyweight names as Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Cory Booker, he also came within spitting distance of Senator Bernie Sanders. In...
Alex W.4 months ago
Knowledge Is Power: Why Julian Assange Is a Champion of Democracy
Love him or hate him, the arrest of Julian Assange is most certainly a travesty of not only justice, but also of the core democratic values that the Western world prides itself on. Of course, politici...
Edward Anderson4 months ago
The Case for Buttigieg
"To back up this assertion requires a lot of speculation, but it’s 2019, and speculation is our right. Let’s exercise it," T.A. Frank writes in his Vanity Fair article, "A Bit of Crazy Wouldn't Hurt."...