In “honor” of the one-year anniversary of the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation, this week, the New York Times reported on what it’s like a year after the trial as it relates to all parties involved – Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and the #MeToo movement as a whole. In the reporting, they bring up the events leading up to Dr. Ford’s ultimate public appearance and testimony. They go through her decision making – the pros and cons to coming forward with the allegations, what it would mean for her family, her career, her psyche, her future, and her safety. She even spoke with Ricki Seidman, a former political adviser who, notably, worked on the Clarence Thomas confirmation when Anita Hill leveled similar accusations against him. Seidman, who had previously encouraged Hill to come forward against Thomas, warned Ford against coming forward considering she at the time was the only allegation, and it’s likely to not produce any positive results. We all know how the rest plays out by now. Dr. Ford comes forward anyway, more allegations surface, hearings and chaos ensues, Kavanaugh ends up on the bench, and Dr. Ford returns to a much more public life than before.

So here’s the rule: If you do something or hold an opinion that is controversial, everything you ever do for the rest of time is linked to that one event or opinion. Not only that, but anyone you ever associate with, even if it’s explicitly for a completely different reason, is also guilty of having committed that act or holding that opinion. If you think this rule is insane, I’m with you. It also means you’re not a member of the left.

So just when President Trump was out of the woods on impeachment, he gives Democrats another reason to bring it up. And I mean he didn’t wait long. Robert Mueller testified in front of the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on July 24. That testimony basically quashed any hope of impeachment from the Democrats. Trump waited exactly one day to step in it again. On July 25, the president participated in the ill-fated phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In the call, Trump is alleged to have asked for Ukraine’s assistance in the prosecution of Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

The Oxford Union is one of the world’s oldest debate forums. Starting in 1823 on the campus of the historic British university, the Oxford Union has played host to a tremendous lineup of debates and guest speakers. Participants in the debates are generally students and/or alumni of Oxford University but can also include experts in a particular field who never attended the school. Debate topics can range from philosophy to politics to history, and even sometimes comedy. The format is generally three or four speakers to a side, with some time given for audience participation. In general, each side is well-represented and often makes well-thought-out arguments, regardless of whether or not the debater actually agrees with the side he or she is taking. At the end of the debate, those in attendance can vote for the side they think won. All this is done in the most British way possible: in tuxedos and evening gowns.

Another week has gone by and another scandal has rocked a public figure. And like all scandals revolving around public figures seem to be these days, this one is not a current event, rather something dug up from one’s past. This time it was revealed that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had worn black or brown face to imitate minorities on at least two occasions. This incident is extremely eye-opening, as Trudeau constantly pats himself on his back for his “wokeness.”

When a politician is accused of having a communications problem, it is generally due to their message not resonating with voters. The master of resonating with voters was President Ronald Reagan, who was known as “The Great Communicator” due to the simple fact that he understood how people took in and processed information and was able to adapt that understanding to speeches and debates. I believe that the worst communicator in recent memory was John Kerry, a man who ran against a very beatable George W. Bush in 2004 but had an incredibly boring delivery, and he often spoke over the heads of others, which only amplified his monotonous drudging.

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