Smiting the Standards

We have transitioned into a world where our concept of standards is not only being questioned, it is being changed for us. While growing up, most of my compatriots were probably told that any boy could become the President of the United States. I'm talking the '60s in my case. Because I was born on … Continue reading Smiting the Standards

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Politically Correct: a start

This was a term that was "bandied about" during most of the more-than-a-year fiasco that seemed to be a presidential campaign ("presidential campaign", itself being a rather politically correct term for what the world was forced to endure for over a year). During that time, though, no one really bothered to tell us just what … Continue reading Politically Correct: a start

Objects in the rear-view mirror: Lincoln vs. Trump – Introducing Their Themes

  Continuing from that earlier discussion of the differences between Lincoln-style and Trump-style public speaking, I'd like to take a look at some of the language used by each of these Presidential candidates in their attempts to swoon their listeners. Before that, though, I would like to briefly talk about the actual writing of the … Continue reading Objects in the rear-view mirror: Lincoln vs. Trump – Introducing Their Themes

Objects in the rear-view mirror: Lincoln vs. Trump – Public Speaking at its best and worst

At least back when I went to junior high and high school, one of the most important aspects of participating in a political process was a candidate's capacity for communication, usually manifested through public speaking (speech writing and making). The main way that a person running for office could humanely get his/her ideas across to … Continue reading Objects in the rear-view mirror: Lincoln vs. Trump – Public Speaking at its best and worst