KICK THE CAN: a game from childhood; a phrase used in politics

kick the can

As a kid in a small, middle class community it was our responsibility to create entertainment.   Sometimes we just sat in the park in the middle of the village and watched the cars go by.  We invented a game about identifying the make, model and year of the car before it was right in front […]

DUPLICITOUS [doo-PLIS-i-tuhs]: speaking or acting in two different ways to different people concerning the same matter

duplicitous

 Duplicitous is a devastating accusation aimed a person who is believed to have acted in a two-faced manner.  It is the intention of the speaker to present (himself) as agreeing with different people, even though those people are diametrically  opposed to each other in opinion. For instance, if a Member of Congress wants to gain […]

RUN AMOK : to go awry, to steer away from the planned course

amok

There’s really no mystery as to the meaning of the common term  to run amok.  We use the words all the time to reference a plan that has gone berserk, running in all directions rather than according to plan. Just ask any nursery school teacher about the word and you’ll get a knowing smile.  Put […]

VICTORY: that which is ascribed to a winner, not a loser

Cruz

This morning is a morning of victory…for the American people.   The entire Congress (meaning both houses) and the President have signed the legislation to re-open the government and to issue a temporary relief in the debt ceiling debate.  It’s not ideal, but it’s a victory, nonetheless. It is not a victory for the President…yet.   The […]

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF: willful destruction of personal property motivated by ill will or resentment

malicious

So yesterday I talked with you about mischief, the innocent kind that kids do to have fun, and (hopefully) not at the expense of others.   But I mentioned that there is another kind of mischief  referred to as malicious mischief.   It, too, can be undertaken by kids, and sometimes ends up looking like vandalism, […]

POLITICAL PARTY: an organization that typically seeks to influence, or entirely control, government policy, usually by nominating candidates with aligned political views and trying to seat them in political office

POLITICAL PARTY

We in the United States have become accustomed to the presence of two major political parties which dominate the electoral and governance processes. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party have a pretty good hold on the process, although there are a myriad of small, single-interest parties who exert their presence in most national elections […]