Civil discourse

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.
We are awash in a sea of profanity. But it's not just ugly words, it's ugly ideas, expressed in crude and even violent language
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
Thanks to Donald Trump's choice of words in public and private and reports of those words in inter alia, The New York Times
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.
Everyone likes to invoke our Founders so much lately, so I'm invoking Thomas Paine. Paine was a revolutionary, philosopher, political theorist, and activist. Much of what he wrote has particular relevance today in this toxic election season.
Over the last few years, the hyper polarization of American society has gotten a lot of media attention, particularly in the form of hand-wringing from journalists predicting the downfall of civility.
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.
Every conversation I am in about this year's presidential primary campaign regardless of the person's political affiliation quickly evolves into an expression of strong feeling and concern about what it reflects about the current state of our political dysfunction.
Freedom of speech is a very precious and increasingly fragile foundation of American democracy. And it is very worrying that the latest attacks - attacks that have been full frontal - are coming from people who are running for the highest office in the land.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others have thrown out a lot of supposed 'precedent' for not moving forward with a nomination in an election year with a lame duck president.
Two Somali-American imams, a woman in hijab, an African-American pastor, and two American women rabbis come to Jerusalem. Sound like the beginning of a joke? It was no joke.
However, great leaders are not robots. They are human beings whose hearts are attuned to where they are, who they are with, now. They are able to share their basic message in ways that are unique and fresh each time they speak.
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.