People often point to the bitter fights of the Founding Era to demonstrate that this perniciousness is somehow endemic to American politics. This puts conservatives in a bit of a bind.
The less prone we are to self-examination, the more self-aggrandizing we become in our denunciations. It’s making our society harsher.
If one of those who work for the administration, or others to whom graciousness and honesty are foreign ideas, did come here, I think I would compromise.
Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi host the Federalist Radio Hour, discussing Justice Kennedy’s retirement, fake news, and illegal fireworks.
A woman with the same name as the restaurant co-owner says she has gotten more than 400 phone calls after somebody publicized her cell number: ‘One of them told me to put the barrel of a shotgun down my throat.’
As tough as Washington has always been, protesting a cabinet secretary during a private dinner is a new low point for civility. What ever happened to ‘When they go low, we go high?’
Foreign cyber-propaganda is preying on American discord and divisiveness. Civility may be our best defense.
It would benefit all of us to imagine that, like Severus Snape, most people we encounter have some hidden depth we would value if it were made clear to us.
Instead of trying to evangelize others to our politics, let’s give them the respect of a fair hearing. That alone can restore the relationships upon which our republic depends.
The actors in ‘Hamilton’ got the spirit of civil discourse right—and so did Mike Pence. Too bad President-Elect Donald Trump doesn’t.
On Monday, the $1 billion evangelical anti-poverty group World Vision announced it would change its hiring requirements. By Wednesday it had changed back.
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