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Jonathans Verdicts

News & Politics Podcasts

Jonathan’s Verdicts is a collection of my takes on news of the day and/or relevant topics.

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United States

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Jonathan’s Verdicts is a collection of my takes on news of the day and/or relevant topics.

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English


Episodes

The Senate Should be Abolished

12/18/2022
In this episode, I make the case for abolishing the Senate. Transcript The Title of this episode is: the Senate should be abolished. The verdict for this episode is: the Senate's purpose is to prevent progress and maintain systems of oppression. I do not call for the abolishment of the Senate lightly. I realize limiting political processes will result, when the right has power, in terrible consequences. But the Senate still must be abolished in order for their to be any chancce at real...

Duration:00:04:28

Democrats Never do Anything

12/13/2022
Show Notes In this episode, I give examples and highlight how continuing to vote for Democrats will never result in meaningful change. Transcript The title of this episode is: Democrats never do anything. The verdict for this episode is: Nothing will fundamentally change until people stop voting for Democrats. As someone who supported Bernie Sanders in both 2016 and 2020, it hurts me to say this: but no Democrat actually fights for workers, people of color, people with disabilities, seniors,...

Duration:00:03:18

Demand Our Access Episode One

12/7/2022
This is the first episode of a new podcast I have started to teach people with disabilities about their legal rights and how to access them. I'm posting this here to share what I have been up to recently. Future episodes will be published to the Demand Our Access website.

Duration:00:23:56

Congressional Progressives are Usless

10/29/2021
The verdict for this episode is: Joe Manchin is worth all 100 progressives. Rough Transcript Hello, and welcome to Jonathan's Verdicts. I'm Jonathan Simeone. The title of this episode is: Congressional Progressives are Useless. The verdict for this episode :is Joe Manchin is worth all 100 congressional progressives. As always, I don't edit these podcast episodes, and I don't have a script. They are just a chance for me to talk about whatever is on my mind. I decided to record this episode...

Duration:00:11:28

Capitalism Needs Brutal Policing

10/20/2021
The verdict for this episode is: we must strike at capitalism first. Loose Transcript Hello, and welcome to Jonathan's Verdicts. I'm Jonathan Simeone . The title of this episode is: capitalism needs brutal policing. The verdict for this episode is: wee must strike at capitalism first. As always, I don't edit these podcast episodes, and I don't have a script. They are just a chance for me to talk about whatever is on my mind. We will soon, or already do have more police on the streets than we...

Duration:00:03:35

It’s Time for Civil Disobedience

9/4/2021
The verdict for this episode is: nothing else will work. In this episode, I discuss how our only shot at a government that works for us is through civil disobedience. Rough Transcript Hello, and welcome to Jonathan's Verdicts. I'm Jonathan Simeone. The title of this episode is: It's Time for Civil Disobedience. The verdict for this episode is: nothing else will work. I really hate to say this, but it's true. I have been following politics since 1988. Over the years, I have become...

Duration:00:06:09

The Left is Losing

5/23/2021
The verdict for this episode is: if the left doesn't have better messaging, the left will never win. Transcript Below is my latest effort to produce a textual representation of my podcast episodes. It's not where I want it to get, but it's better than my previous effort. Hello, and welcome to Jonathan's Verdicts. I'm Jonathan Simeone. The title of this episode: is The Left is Losing. The verdict for this episode is: If the left doesn't have better messaging, the left will never win. As...

Duration:00:08:21

Biden Ignores Science Too

5/15/2021
The verdict for this episode is: corporate profits matter more than lives. Transscript Below is my first attempt to use Zoom to help me create a transcript for a podcast episode. Obviously, I need more practice. Hello, and welcome to Jonathan's verdicts. I'm Jonathan Simeone. The title of this episode is: Biden ignores science too. The verdict for this episode is: corporate profits matter more than lives. Before getting into the substance of this podcast, I want to address a long standing...

Duration:00:09:48

Politicians Don’t Care About Their Grandchildren

2/4/2021
The verdict for this episode is: the deficit of the United States doesn't matter. I discuss how each president for the last 92 years with the exception of Clinton has added to the deficit. I also show how the drivers of deficits are military spending and tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.

Duration:00:17:01

House Progressives Could Choose the Speaker

12/20/2020
The verdict for this episode is: since they are Democrats, House progressives will not use the power they have. In this episode, I discuss how House progressives could remove Pelosi choose the next speaker, and get real benefits for using their power to choose the next speaker. I also discuss why this option is much better than forcing a vote on Medicare for All.

Duration:00:08:28

The Left Needs a McConnell

12/10/2020
The verdict for this episode is: no one in Congress is really fighting for the people. In this episode, I discuss how no one on the left fights with the skill and determination as McConnell. Yes, he is unethical and immoral. But he delivers for the wealthy and corporations way better than anyone thinks of delivering for the people.

Duration:00:08:50

Unity is a Tool of Oppression

11/28/2020
The verdict for this episode is: unity will not result in change. In this episode, I discuss how Biden's focus on unity is promoting the status quo, refusing to change, and upholding systemic oppression.

Duration:00:09:36

Predicting the 2020 Election

11/3/2020
The verdict for this episode is: Biden will win, but will he win? In this episode, I make all kinds of predictions related to the 2020 election and explain my reasoning for those predictions.

Duration:00:20:00

Democrats Should Pack the Supreme Court

10/13/2020
The verdict for this episode is: I now support packing the Supreme Court. In this episode, I discuss the historical support for court packing, and I propose a constitutional amendment.

Duration:00:12:49

You Won’t Push Biden Left

9/20/2020
The verdict for this episode is: be honest about why you're voting for Biden. In this episode, I discuss those who say they are voting because they want to remove Trump, but who are promising to move Biden to the left.

Duration:00:04:37

I Don’t Have a Reason

9/18/2020
The verdict for this episode is: if I had one or two reasons, I would vote for Biden. In this episode, I discuss the fact that Biden and I agree on no important policy issues. Since we don't, I don't have a reason to vote for him.

Duration:00:09:06

Why I Hate Joe Biden

9/2/2020
The verdict for this episode is: I really hate Joe Biden. In this episode, I discuss how Biden's Keep America Great website helped me figure out why I hate him.

Duration:00:08:53

Athletes Will not Lead Social Change

8/31/2020
The verdict for this episode is: police buy sneakers too. In this episode, I discuss the recent NBA players decision to skip some games and why it's not that important. By discussing their commitment to capitalism, I show how NBA players cannot lead social change.

Duration:00:07:30

I Don’t Agree With UBI

7/13/2020
The verdict for this episode is: UBI is too simplistic to work. While I understand a universal basic income is needed during the pandemic, it is not an equitable solution to our long-term economic discrimination. In this episode, I discuss some of the reasons why.

Duration:00:16:15

Voting Blue is a Waste of Time

5/31/2020
The verdict for this episode is: the aftermath of George Floyd's murder shows why voting blue is a waste of time. In this episode, I show how the response to George Floyd's murder by Democratic politicians demonstrates why voting blue is a waste of time.

Duration:00:11:12