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Political Rhetoric

The Hateful Rhetoric Must Stop

Christine Charbonneau | Posted 12.14.2016 | Women
Christine Charbonneau

People don't forget these statements, and some even take them at face value. And why shouldn't they? At that level you would expect them to be accurate. This is not the case. Instead, we are seeing an alarming increase from irresponsible presidential candidates, as well as lawmakers, in hateful rhetoric and smear campaigns against abortion providers and patients over the last few months.

The Rhetorical Brilliance of Trump the Demagogue

The Conversation US | Posted 12.12.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Trump possesses an arrogance and volatility that makes most voters recoil. So how has he maintained a grip on a segment of the Republican base that - at least, for now - seems unshakable?

In Fear We Trust

Ronda Lee | Posted 12.10.2016 | Politics
Ronda Lee

Every four years, our great nation descends into an abyss of chaos. Our election cycle brings out the worst in us. In 2010, I came across this quote f...

Political Tone and the Faith Community: Can We Close the Divide?

Dan Glickman | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Dan Glickman

We have so many things to be thankful for as Americans, and I think most folks will probably be thankful that they can turn away from the rhetoric and often mean tone of the campaign, at least for the family celebration of Thanksgiving.

The Spirit of the Commander

Yael Wissner-Levy | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Yael Wissner-Levy

In an environment where the spirit, the ruach, of the commander is the one calling the shots, the rhetoric is the only thing we can cling on to. It won't move mountains, but it will install a discourse of hope.

Trump's Spitwads or Francis' Generosity -- Which Will Americans Choose?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 09.28.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I'm wondering, will Pope Francis' visit lead Americans to rethink the vitriolic spitwads they've been throwing at each other lately -- in public, in private and online? Pope Francis' patient, respectful speaking style puts to shame folks like the invective-spewing Donald Trump.

Rhetoric Trumps Answers

Neal Wooten | Posted 09.24.2016 | Entertainment
Neal Wooten

Even the softball question lobbed at him by Stephen Colbert about President Obama's birthplace. Trump simply said he doesn't talk about that anymore. Amazing since not long ago he couldn't shut up about it.

An Immigrant Asks

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 09.18.2016 | Politics
Lee-Sean Huang

You say that a wave of immigrants will overwhelm you and threaten your way of life in the United States and in Europe. Have you so little confidence in your civilization now?

GOP Presidential Math: 1x1= -15

Dave Helfert | Posted 09.03.2016 | Entertainment
Dave Helfert

Rather than let The Donald be the sole beneficiary of the media's fascination with his Travelling Snake Oil Show, the Bush campaign has figured out how to share top billing, and use Trump's insults as leverage for equal attention on their message that Trump is not a true conservative.

One Nation Under God, So Divisible

Dave Helfert | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Dave Helfert

The threats are as potentially devastating as any the country has ever faced, yet the response from many of our elected officials has gotten smaller and smaller in every respect.

Is Tom Cotton Just Ted Cruz 2.0?

Peter Paskale | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Peter Paskale

Speeches have fingerprints, and the speeches of politicians have the biggest fingerprints of all. They are packed with individual tricks and traits that tie them back to their creators.

Scott Walker's 47 Percent Moment

Peter Paskale | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Peter Paskale

Yesterday, the Scott Walker campaign hit precisely the same trap when he not only compared American workers to the terrorist group ISIS, but actually implied that they were worse than ISIS.

When Edward Met Hillary

John Llewellyn | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
John Llewellyn

Former U.S. Senator Edward Brooke (R-Mass.) died Jan. 3 at age 95; he was lauded as the first African American elected to the Senate and as a moderate voice in the Republican Party. He has another historical moment as well: he was present at, and a catalyst for, an early spontaneous statement of political values by Hillary Rodham (later Clinton).

I'm a Values Voter, And Why You Are Too

Peter Paskale | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

Phrases like Values Voter and Moral Majority are badges of political honour, worn with pride by certain sections of the electorate. Look a little closer though and you'll spot an interesting fact about these terms - they are completely meaningless.

On White House Lawn, Obama Strategically Underplays Attack on ISIL

Peter Paskale | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

It wasn't a speech. It wasn't even an address. It was a book report. Speaking Tuesday on the White House lawn as Marine 1 spooled up it's engines behind him, President Obama tripped-up the media.

Political Oxymorons -- the Birthplace of Brilliant

Peter Paskale | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

Oxymorons ever so slightly screw with accepted realities. They slam the right combination of the wrong words together in such a way that they open up whole new lines of thought.

Sucked Down by a DREAMer's Ambush Interview

Peter Paskale | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

It was a political ambush, and in deciding to stand and fight, Steve King had lost before he'd even started. The whole idea of a political ambush is that it's lose-lose for the ambushed.

Straw Today, Stones Tomorrow

Peter Paskale | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

As the big bad wolf will gladly confirm, it's way easier to blow-down a house of straw. It's such an accepted strategy within communications that is even has a name -- The Straw-Man Fallacy -- and that's why NRA commentator Dom Raso is claiming gun rights should be extended to blind people.

Revealing Janet Yellen's 'Double Bluff' Strategy

Peter Paskale | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

Speaking slowly and clearly, and especially speaking slowly and clearly in a monotone, is the best way to throw someone's concentration off. That's the technique Janet Yellen used this week in an attempt to throw Senator Elizabeth Warren off-balance during a financial hearing.

Why Joni Ernst's Credibility Is Out of Loop

Peter Paskale | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

When politicians claim to hold two contradictory positions at once, electorates should be on their guard. One of those positions has got to be false. Newly selected Republican senate nominee for Iowa, Joni Ernst, is having just such a problem.

Bluffed, Baffled and Bewildered: How Rand Paul Bilked Berkeley

Peter Paskale | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

Many are seeing Sen. Rand Paul as Daniel emerging unscathed from the lion's den having performed some form of political miracle. Look a little closer though and you'll see the natural results of a good speech, a well planned message, and above all, a flattered audience.

Shutdown and Default: Republicans Want to Change the Subject, Democrats Shouldn't Let Them

Doug Hattaway | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Doug Hattaway

A content analysis of the language used by Republican leaders in news and social media shows "debt" overtaking "Obamacare" in the words most frequently used in GOP quotes and sound bites.

Coping With the "Crazies" in D.C. and Elsewhere

Robert Hoch | Posted 12.11.2013 | Religion
Robert Hoch

How do we temper "rifled" barbs and hot-tempered outbursts? Well, I suppose we begin not with the "crazies" in our offices and workplaces, but with the "crazy" in us.

War of Words: Democrats Need to Keep the Heat on the GOP for Holding America 'Hostage'

Doug Hattaway | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Doug Hattaway

An analysis of the words used by national leaders in news and social media discussion of the crisis shows that Democrats have, indeed, used that emotionally charged language -- and they should use it more often.

Love Thy Economy as Thyself

Anat Shenker-Osorio | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Anat Shenker-Osorio

The economy doesn't actually have needs, desires or preferences - we do. If our elected representatives, now working on the economy's behalf, want to screw us, we at least deserve dinner first. Something a little nicer than you can purchase with food stamps.