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Category: Politics

Considering Consent, Common Courtesy, and Confused Men of Power

Consent.  We all know what it means, right? Such a simple concept. Seems like only common courtesy, really. Yet it seems to confuse so many. Especially in men’s encounters with women.

 

Harvey Weinstein. Charlie Rose.  Roy Moore. Donald Trump.

 

Right now, their deeds spill from the lips of reporters. Their names splash across our webpages.  Because of certain behavior hinging on consent. Actually, the behavior hinges on many factors. But consent is one of the big ones.

 

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Behind the Curtain: From Navajo Code to Trump’s Code of Casual Racism

Trump’s “Pocahontas” bit while honoring Navajo code talkers wasn’t the end of the world.  But it still signals a big problem. Let me tell you why.

 

Sometimes I feel like I spend a lot of time yelling, “Look behind the curtain.”  But a republic needs informed citizens, fully aware of what levers the wizard is frantically pulling while hoping we distractedly keep our eyes on the big floating head of Oz.

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You Too Can Stick Their Feet to the Fire. Ask Me How.

 

Actually, it’s really as simply as that. Just one word. “How?”

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AN AMERICAN INTERVENTION: GUN-SHAPED ELEPHANTS AND TALKING ABOUT MASS SHOOTINGS

Psst! America? You’re old enough now. It’s time for us sit down and talk about some things.

 

No, not about the birds and the bees. Not this time anyway.  Although it does include other animals. Elephants, to be precise.

 

No, we need to chat about mass shootings in this country. It’s long overdue.  And that means you have to include those gun-shaped elephants in the room.

 

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RINGING THE BELL FOR LIBERTY AND FREEDOM, PLUS A BONUS LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT

Liberty matters. Freedom matters.  Lately, too many of us allow our liberties and freedoms to be eroded.  I am not talking about politicians. I am talking about John Q. Public.  People on the Right. People on the Left. People in the Center.  Not consciously.  Through the back door, as it were.

 

So, when a politician uses his position to encourage the public to punish people for exercising the freedoms this country grants us, take notice.

 

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Taking in the Pain from Charlottesville. Hoping for Something Better.

Lots of folks have lots of insightful things to say about what happened over this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I’m not going to repeat those.  I instead want to express a hope of mine.

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Figleaves: A Peak behind the Modesty Curtain (Condensed Version)

Let’s face it. Manipulation is a big part of what politicians do. Let’s take a look at two of the ways they do it: reframing and figleaves.

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Figleaves: A Peak behind the Modesty Curtain

 

Modesty covering comes up in the darnedest of places. Even political speeches.  Who would have thought it? It certainly took me a while to notice.

 

It is all part of the mechanics of political manipulation. Let’s face it. Manipulation is a big part of what politicians do.  Being aware of the mechanics gives you better tools to assess what a politician is really saying.  Maybe you will still buy what is being sold, but at least it will be with eyes wide open. (It’s sort of like dealing with used car salespeople. And I bet you’ve heard that one before.)

 

With that in mind, I thought I would introduce you to reframing and figleaves, along with a micro-analysis of their application. No. You did not just make a wrong turn into an art blog. And you will not need a magnifying glass and tweezers.  You’ll see.

 

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