Tag Archives: Civility

Thoughts for the New Year

This has been a roller coaster of a year for me, both in terms of politics and in terms of my personal life. At the beginning of the year I attended a lot of protests and political rallies.  Being around … Continue reading

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Senator Jeff Flake and Frank Capra’s Vision of a Democratic America

When I watched Senator Jeff Flake’s speech a few days ago, it reminded me of Frank Capra’s movie Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Like Senator Flake, Frank Capra and his collaborators were worried about the threats to our democratic traditions … Continue reading

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The Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

For the past week I’ve been recovering from watching the last Presidential debate. The tenor of the entire presidential campaign has me worried about the great divisions in this country and how it’ll affect the health of the democratic republic. … Continue reading

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Civility and the Political Discourse

When I watched the second Presidential debate, I couldn’t believe the depths that Trump went to in attacking Hillary Clinton. Trump has based his entire presidential campaign focused on personal attacks with little policy specifics. I think civility is an … Continue reading

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Donald Trump, Lee Atwater and the Politics of Personal Attack

Watching the second Presidential debate was a very depressing experience. Trump’s campaign for the entire election season has been a mean spirited affair based on personal attacks with little policy specifics. He said John McCain wasn’t a war hero. He … Continue reading

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