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Everett Dirksen, Lyndon Johnson and the Passage of Civil Rights Legislation

There is a long history of bipartisan cooperation between liberals and conservatives in passing important legislation that benefited the nation. A perfect example is liberal Democrat Lyndon Johnson’s civil rights legislation in the mid 1960s. Johnson pushed for civil rights … Continue reading

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A Political Debate Between the Left and the Right

With the growing racial and political divides in this nation, it’s more important than ever to get back to an environment where civil debate is possible. Our democratic republic functions best when the Left and the Right can debate about … Continue reading

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Frank Capra, Robert Riskin and “Meet John Doe” Attacks American Fascism

One of my favorite filmmakers is the 1930s and 1940s American director Frank Capra. When I first watched his movies, I initially assumed Capra was a liberal. Frank Capra, though, was actually a conservative Republican. But during the 1930s he … Continue reading

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Having a Fruitful Dialogue With Sane Conservatives

There has been a lot of articles about the extreme hyperpartisanship today. It got me thinking about the conversations I used to have with conservatives 20 or 30 years ago and the conversations I have with conservatives nowadays. Even though … Continue reading

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Jasper and These Partisan Times

Even though I’m a liberal, I used to have quite a few conservative friends in my 20s and 30s. About the mid 1990s, though, something changed. Many of the conservatives that I’ve met since then have been less willing to … Continue reading

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Possible Areas of Common Ground With Republicans

For the past few months, there has been a lot of talk about the lack of bipartisanship in the past few years. I have to admit feeling dread at the new Republicans that are coming to Congress this January. There … Continue reading

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Debating with Conservative Friends

One could say that my life has been a series of debates.  This is not to say that I’m argumentative.  I’ve just been lucky in my life to have had friends with whom I could talk about issues and debate … Continue reading

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