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When Did Being Kind Fall Away From Our Everyday?
Author, screenwriter and blogger
Next time we see someone in the media who we think deserves our critique, our judgment, or even our hatred, let's take a deep breath in and let a deep breath out -- and be reminded that we're all struggling to define ourselves and to live our lives in the happiest ways we know how.
Republicans and Their Myths -- If Republicans Say It, the Opposite Must Be True
Leslie K. Stein
I'll get back to you....
Republicans, the gig is up. We are on to you. The truth: if Republicans say it, then the opposite is true. So stop repeating the lies, or just stop talking. Let us examine some well-known sound-bites that those on the right love to spout and repeat.
Internet Incivility: Possibilities for Engaging Students?
Robert M. Eisinger
Dean, School of Liberal Arts at SCAD
I am not advocating banning or taxing uncivil speech, but I do question its value. As we encourage newspaper readership and civic engagement, we should also converse with our students about free speech, hate speech, and civility in general.
Do Cable TV Wars Cause Real Wars?
Journalist, reporter, news anchor
The need for the "big story" may be one of the reasons our discourse has degraded, why there's so much anger and vitriol. If our politicians aren't being extreme, pundits will do it for them.
Let's End Bi-Partisan Hatred by Changing the National Language to French
Humorist, Author of The Official Dictionary of Sarcasm and The...
Let's face it, once the language is absorbed into the culture, even if things do get ugly, doesn't merde sound nicer than the alternative?
Civility: Not a Traditional American Value
David O. Stewart
Author, 'American Emperor: Aaron BurrÃ¢ÂÂs Challenge to Jeff...
Obama's call for greater civility in our political discourse has great surface appeal. But in the early days of the nation, violence among politicians was commonplace.
The Palin Problem (It's Not What You Think...)
Public policy expert, commentator, and author
The real crisis in American politics isn't about one tragic shooting, its about a cultural phenomenon -- the celebration of stupidity -- that has taken over this country.
Sarah Palin: Libeled or Liable?
Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies*
I checked my publications. I checked my Facebook page. I checked my twitter feed. For the life of me, I couldn't find anyone
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The Vitriol in Our National Bloodstream
, Guest Writer
Within a few hours of the Tucson shootings, the national political narrative transformed into a soul-searching query: How has our society come to this season in hell, and what must be done to heal us? The right's panic about this shift was palpable.
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