imaSmom's picture

Serious question; How come our speaker of the house doesn't know how to speak?

His public speaking courses in college had to of been Advanced Alliterations 200 and the Art of repeating yourself 201.

why?
why?
why?

Monchichi's picture

At least yours doesn't giggle

At least yours doesn't giggle like a school girl or have armed forces physically remove MP Sticking out tongue

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imaSmom's picture

I just--like this is not even

I just--like this is not even about which party you align with. It's basic freaking demeanor and decorum when you're addressing a crowd of your constituents. Why can't these people talk like they're having a normal professional conversation? And how do you land a job like SPEAKER of the house when you present yourself in such an unprepared manner???? I tell my eight year old, when you present project to stand up straight. Project your voice. Minimal um's, no fidgeting. Is what I'm teaching my child gone the way of the doh doh? Do we not do this anymore?? and since when?

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Acratopotes's picture

they follow our continent

they follow our continent standards. lol.....

ask Monchichi... we call it the opening of the circus

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The same thing happens when you are stupid

Merrywey's picture

He' a regular rhetorical whiz

He' a regular rhetorical whiz when compared to the maniac rumblings of POTUS.

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Peridwen's picture

I call it the Art of

I call it the Art of Non-Information. No one can get elected to political office without learning how to talk for an hour and never say anything at all. Some people are better at it than others.

Honestly I'm not surprised that politicians have gone this way since any missteps, typos, or word vomit are immediately seized upon and used as ammunition by the press and other party. Hell, politicians who haven't been schooled in this Art of Non-Information since birth get every single mistake they ever made trotted out for the public to caw over. I will NEVER run for any kind of political office, because my opinions have changed since I was a teenager. But with internet and social media those opinions I no longer hold would be splattered all over every news outlet if I ever succeeded enough to go for a high office.

imaSmom's picture

Totally depends on the kind

Totally depends on the kind word vomit we're talking about here.

I don't think politicians should be perfect. I think they should be consistent. i feel like consistency is all the America people ask for and we never ever get it, so we went for a nuclear option because at least we know what to expect. That is the reason Trump is in office today.

Also, I think as my generation ages, what you put on the internet will matter less and less because we're all going to be guilty of it at some point or another. Plus the first lady has a nude spread in GQ so if she can do it, anybody can. Talk about breaking that glass ceiling!

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Gimlet's picture

*steps up to soap box* The

*steps up to soap box*

The greatest trick that politicians ever pulled was convincing the American public to accept that our current system works for them.

The fact of the matter is that it doesn't. While we fight about wedge issues, and become increasingly polarized, the super wealthy, corporations, and special interest groups are working behind the scenes to make policies that don't benefit any of us in any way. Thanks to rulings like Citizens United, they can amass vast amounts of money to do so, culminating in the best "democracy" that money can buy.

In addition to the well-noted things going on, the following things are happening.

Right now, net neutrality is being threatened. That matters to all of us.

Right now, they are planning to roll back Dodd-Frank. That matters to all of us.

Right now, there is a house bill to dismantle the EPA. Not just take a look at enforcement. Dismantle it. That matters to all of us. This comes at a time when scientists have identified climate change as the single biggest threat to our species. Not the earth. Us.

Right now, gerrymandering is the largest problem in elections, allowing some elected officials to basically do whatever they want because they know they will not be challenged. That matters to all of us.

Right now, our elected officials spend more time fund raising than anything else. Do you think that their major donors have no expectations? We need campaign reform, right now.

The issues with the way our government behaves run deep, and I fear the end result will be ugly. Happy to link anything noted above.

I spend half my lunch hour several times a week calling elected officials. I have little hope that it matters, because I have neither the funds nor the clout to get any sort of real audience with them.

*steps down*

P.S. Why yes, I am a lot of fun at parties Eye-wink

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anotherstep2's picture

Exactly. They wave something

Exactly. They wave something shiny in front of the electorate (Planned Parenthood funding....undocumented workers "stealing your jobs") and watch people freak out while they quietly go about doing things that no one pays attention to. It is a strategy that works. Sad

Gimlet's picture

Yes, and I'm not trying to

Yes, and I'm not trying to say that those issues aren't important. Clearly, they are. But they also elicit an emotional response, because for most people they reflect *who* they are. We are our values, right?

So since they are a reflection of those values, we're invested.

It's harder to invest in some of the things I listed above, with the exception of the EPA perhaps. They are complex and quiet and don't get much press or explanation.

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"I'd rather have sex with a cactus." - Aniki

"I've figured out people tell you take the high road because that's easier than it is make the assholes behave." - FruitSalad704

"Steplife is transformative. Sort of like a crematorium, lol." - exjuliemc

anotherstep2's picture

Yes - they are not "sexy"

Yes - they are not "sexy" issues. No emotional response. Frank-Dodd? Snore..... That it effects essentially everyone is irrelevant. Much more satisfying to scream about abortion and gay marriage - issues that effect only those people actually in those situations but that EVERYONE seems to have a damned opinion on.

MollyBrown's picture

The dumbing down of this

The dumbing down of this country is such a sad thing.

Merrywey's picture

Agreed. Too np many people

Agreed. Too np many people get their news from social media which only serves to reinforce their opinions/ biases. They don't take the time to look at both sides of an issue.

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"I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it."
Maya Angelou

anotherstep2's picture

I would like to see our

I would like to see our leaders face "Question Time." "Will my right honorable friend agree that he is a blithering idiot and his policies have been a disgrace to his constituency?" LOL Then we would see what they are really made of. Or see them melt into a sobbing puddle on the floor. Either way, it would be both revealing and entertaining at the same time!

LadyFace's picture

At this point, the House

At this point, the House could be replaced with a professional wrestling ring, the Senate a circus and when they meet together, the Thunderdome. I'd like to see Warren face off with Bitch McConnell in a battle to the end.

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Keep on keepin' on!

Gimlet's picture

There has never been a better

There has never been a better time to bring back Celebrity Death Match.

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"I'd rather have sex with a cactus." - Aniki

"I've figured out people tell you take the high road because that's easier than it is make the assholes behave." - FruitSalad704

"Steplife is transformative. Sort of like a crematorium, lol." - exjuliemc

Gimlet's picture

"Please explain to me how

"Please explain to me how destroying net neutrality benefits the American consumer or small business IN ANY WAY"

Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic is treated equally and that providers cannot charge content providers for β€œfast lanes” for those who can afford it. The idea of an "open Internet" is the idea that the full resources of the Internet and means to operate on it should be easily accessible to all individuals, companies and organizations.

You want an internet where all you get to see is mainstream media? Because that's how you get it.

By the way, did you know that American taxpayers gave billions to telecom companies in tax breaks and other compensation to lay fiber that they never installed?

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"I'd rather have sex with a cactus." - Aniki

"I've figured out people tell you take the high road because that's easier than it is make the assholes behave." - FruitSalad704

"Steplife is transformative. Sort of like a crematorium, lol." - exjuliemc

thinkthrice's picture

I love how the Democrats for

I love how the Democrats for eight years straight came up with titles to bills and legislation that were just the opposite of what they contained "Net Neutrality" my behind.

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Gimlet's picture

Not sure I understand where

Not sure I understand where you are coming from. Can you please explain?

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"I'd rather have sex with a cactus." - Aniki

"I've figured out people tell you take the high road because that's easier than it is make the assholes behave." - FruitSalad704

"Steplife is transformative. Sort of like a crematorium, lol." - exjuliemc

MorriMom's picture

Yeah... THIS will be

Yeah... THIS will be refreshing...

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thinkthrice's picture

https://www.youtube.com/watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poz6W0znOfk

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imaSmom's picture

bahaha, noon chuckles.

bahaha, noon chuckles.

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Disneyfan's picture

You are going to compare a

You are going to compare a speech impediment to 45 and his crews' pure stupidity?

45 isn't even in the same league as President Obama when it comes to intelligence. No matter what you may think about Obama's politics, you have to be a special kind of stupid not to admit that he a highly educated, articulate and intelligent man, who carriers himself with dignity and respect.

45 is a damn fool,with the lexicon of an 8 year old, academically, socially and emotionally, delayed child.

imaSmom's picture

Odd but I am not invested in

Odd but I am not invested in most social issues. I care about planned parenthood but not to the extent that I am going to send them hundreds of dollars to keep them open. I think civil rights are very important and are the bedrock of our community today, once you start chipping away at those then we have a real problem so I WILL take time out to ensure those are being maintained. However, what I am most concerned about is EDUCATION in this country. It took me a moment to notice this but I realized the generation beneath me ARE the Bush era 'no child left behind' kids that GREW UP! Jawdropping! Jawdropping! Jawdropping!

Hoooly shit are these people need a lot of help. Like no services were provided for these folks when they needed it the most.

Have you heard some of these folks talk about coal, like it's the life blood of this country? Literally, I watched a clip on pbs.newshour of man who was diagnosed with freaking BLACK LUNG talk about why he voted for Trump. Because he was bringing COAL BACK. Then there is this 20 year old kid who admitted that he never thought of anything past getting Trump elected because he's bringing coal back. He has 2 kids btw, a 4 day old infant and a child not even two who says he thinks coal is a great job to have because it's hard work and he always enjoyed doing hard work because it meant that he could take care of his family. Meanwhile. his grandparents who raised him are on medical disability because of *cough cough* BLACK LUNG. There is another gentleman who, after having contracted black lung and had to fight his GOD AWFUL employers for FOUR AND A HALF YEARS to even get the benefits (THANKS OBAMA) was the only one who spoke any kind of common sense. He said if he has a child looking to do the work he did he would tell that kid to run.

I just do not understand why people would sign up for this life like they are still stuck in the 1940's pre union, in a wholly republican, very fiscally conservative oligarch and want to work in a coal mine! Go be a police officer, learn masonry or brick laying, what about sustainable energy?? Why do people not understand that moving backward is what's going to do them in? You don't have to stick to party lines to see what happening to these poor people. Playing upon the uneducated wishful thinking and patriotic sensibilities is going to get these people killed, slowly and painfully and all these loser all politicians are going to do is blame it on Mexicans taking away jobs.

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The freedom, the strength, the will to do as I damn well please.

anotherstep2's picture

Oh but now it is CLEAN coal!

Oh but now it is CLEAN coal! Totally different!!!! Uhm....WTF??? Nice marketing and all that but coal is coal. Getting it out of the ground kills people - in several different ways! - while burning it trashes the environment regardless of how much you filter it. But then, the current effort is to remove any teeth the EPA has so there will no longer be any need for THAT little pretense anyway. (facepalm)

imaSmom's picture

It's crazy to see. And to

It's crazy to see. And to convince these folk otherwise is like trying to get them to remove their right arms. They are so offended at the thought of coal not being the bedrock of their state, as if it has to be, as if there is noting else special about this state (WV btw). On one end I get it. Humans are lazy but on the other end, I don't. Life is too short and I'll be damned if I'm giving my youth to some God forsaken corporation that doesn't even respect me as a human being.

These people's game plan is to stay on welfare until coal returns.

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The freedom, the strength, the will to do as I damn well please.