The hearings on William Barr’s confirmation for U.S. Attorney General were conducted with the mature civility one would expect from a deliberative body of responsible adults.
Fox News // Over the course of their adolescence and early adult life, they’ve watched our political culture descend into tribalism, rancor, and partisan warfare.
Among the many, many collateral damages caused by our current hyper-partisanship and political dysfunction, killing the notion of public service in the next generation will inflict the most lasting damage to our democracy.
Los Angeles Times // Amid conflict, Lincoln sought conciliation. Amid anger, he advocated “charity for all.” Amid despair, he summoned “the better angels of our nature.”
The Federalist // ‘We’ve reached that point where we view people on the other side of the political divide not only as misguided, but as threats.’
Fox News // America is built on the pursuit of a more perfect Union, but today we are yet again on the brink of a civic fissure so deep it threatens our democracy.
A little walk in the woods in America’s National Parks could help remind us what we’re here for.
The accusation of “liars” was hurled from both sides…which means that lying is still considered an insult in both camps!
Sound politics used to be about wedding empathy and patriotism. We may want to start doing that again.
CBS This Morning // A recent CBS News poll found the number of Democrats and Republicans with negative views of the other party is growing.
RealClearPolitics // It’s a rainy, muggy day in Leesburg, Va. Although the town is 30 or so miles from the interminable partisan wrangling in Washington, D.C., it’s infected with some of the same bitter polarization—as is so much of the country.
A great deal of prime-time TV shows dominating popular culture today are, in fact, international television formats. Competitive shows like The Four, Got Talent, Idol, American Ninja, Master Chef (the list goes on and on), are either imported to or exported from the US. Each show’s rules, visuals, pacing and even sets are being reproduced …
Immediately after the 2016 presidential election, in the thick doldrums of what for me and many of my friends was a genuine tragedy, I started to talk about empathy. I had been finding it tough to come to terms with the beliefs of some of the people I cared about in my life, but I was at least having conversations with them.
By Monte F. Bourjaily Once upon a time, an op-ed or interview by the former Director of the CIA or head of NSA (much less both of them) warning of Russian interference with America’s electoral process would have set off alarm bells and triggered defensive action. Today, it is attacked as partisan. Efforts to investigate …
There were plenty of examples of how polarization fools us into believing we’re well informed, whereas in reality we’re simply being manipulated.
To discuss polarization without mentioning Donald Trump is like talking about Christmas without mentioning Christ.