Certainly, we thought, despite the entertaining reality show aspects of his campaign, the good people of the Philippines would not vote for someone who would routinely denigrate women, lash out at the Pope in an overwhelmingly Catholic country, or hire hit men to kill thousands.
Donald Trump has been critiqued and ridiculed for his claim that “he alone” can fix the problems of America. In his acceptance
"The Donald" has virtually every communication quality that I coach candidates around the world to have ... with the glaring exception of one. And it was the main deficit that doomed Sarah Palin in the general and the main advantage that is now causing Dr. Ben Carson to rise.
Of course, words and images can undergo changes in meanings. What used to be acceptable can slip into disreputable. Suddenly, for example, sacrifice and compromise become dirty words. It would be nice if we could rise above such fears, control our hackles, keep our economy afloat.
Many residents of Teaneck are still marveling over how Mayor Mohammed Hameedudin helped them in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when many lost power as temperatures dropped.
Research has demonstrated that we pick up pieces of information, become politically motivated and interested, and often become aware of news stories or events we might otherwise have missed, all through watching political comedy.
Tolerance is better than no tolerance, but it's not as admirable a goal as appreciation. Likewise, civility is better than incivility, but not half as socially substantive as empathy and compassion.
The Republican Party has staked out a position where anything to the left of extreme selfishness is on the slippery slope to socialism. But it hasn't occurred to Democrats to counter with the more real scenario of creeping aristocracy.
The vote against paycheck fairness for women this week is a sign of what's to come from the GOP: pathological politics and hostility all the way.