The two, who remain tenured professors, said Short "contributed to the erosion of civil discourse and democratic norms."
We can try to help people unlearn bigotry, but we can do only so much.
You can love the U.S. (as I do) and still hold it to a higher standard. We do this all the time with the people we love. We
An Antidote For PID (Politically Induced Despair): Ten Minutes Of Civil Discourse ... And The Dole Institute of Politics
The shock of authentic civil discourse is the best therapy for PID.
Our country is better than this. We need to focus on what unites us, not on who yells the loudest. We need to support each other in times of need, because we all find ourselves in need at one point or another. And we must to work together to find answers to the difficult issues of our time.
What I want is a political system where civil discourse and a mutual desire to improve and enhance the lives of all Americans are the ultimate goal. Not some throwback to the 1950's or the antebellum South that excluded so many of us from achieving the American Dream.
The point is simple: Elections are important. How can we debate the 2016 election in a way that recognizes that gravity? To me, improving our discourse means rising above "the impulse to do harm," which is something humans naturally feel after being slighted.
This is mostly a letter to my kids or grandkids. I don't have kids or grandkids, and am not married. So I don't know exactly to whom I'm writing yet.
NICD's Civility Revolution: Proven Strategies, New State Leaders, Active Foot Soldiers and a Ready-and-Eager American Public
Just last week, a large survey of citizens asserted loudly their dislike of the rampant incivility in our nation. NICD heard them - loud and clear. And I am deeply proud that several of our key programs, which are growing daily, are exactly the actions needed to turn the tide on incivility.
I will be honest. I really liked President Obama's State of the Union address. But then I really like Barack Obama and his belief in all of us. He has done more to benefit this country than anyone else, despite the meanness and spite that has continued to bubble under and above the surface.
We, as a nation and as individuals cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the past -- and banning people from our country based solely on their religion would be a huge mistake.