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Political Polarization

The Great Unraveling

Bill Shireman | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Bill Shireman

Viewed in isolation, the fall of the EU in Britain and the rise of Donald Trump in the U.S. both reflect high-risk gambles by disillusioned voters to upend the establishment they blame for economic and cultural turmoil.

Thank You from a Gay Guy

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

This week has been rough for those of us in the LGBTQ community. First, the horrific murders in Orlando hit like a ton of bricks on Sunday morning. ...

America's Ghost Dance with Trump

Dave Pruett | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Dave Pruett

In watching aghast the incomprehensible ascendancy of Donald Trump, I am struck with a sense of déjà vu. Where else have I heard of a people, drowning in despair, who clutch for a life raft of false promises? And then it comes back to me.

The polarization we have is not the polarization we want

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Harvest time is here, and we are reaping exactly what we have sown as body politic: division, derision, a country more polarized than it's been in dec...

Fractured Narratives & Common Goals in Israel/Palestine

Julie Gray | Posted 04.18.2016 | World
Julie Gray

When I grew up in America, you were either a Democrat or a Republican. Over the course of my life that has come to include more pinpointed terms like ...

I Couldn't Disagree More With What David Brooks Said In His Article "How Covenants Make Us"

Mark Baer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.

Listen: How to Trump Trump and Make America Greater Than Ever

Kai Degner | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Kai Degner

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.

A Supreme Gamble

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

One may regret that the Supreme Court has become a politicized institution but such strategic calculations do not come out of nowhere -- they reflect the growing ideological divide nationwide.

Grumpy Old Men: Why Trump and Sanders Resonate with Voters

Matthew Ogbeifun | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Matthew Ogbeifun

It's not a stretch to say the landscape of American politics has changed, with a direct correlation to the current state of affairs in America. In a post-industrial capitalist society, Americans of all creed and color are experiencing an overall decline in quality of life.

As Congress Stalls on the Budget, the People Weigh In

Steven Kull | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Steven Kull

The latest budget news from Capitol Hill - that the Republicans on the House Budget Committee are postponing markup of the annual tax and spending framework until March - sure sounds like a tune we've all heard before.

The Complex Implications of Policy Puffins on the Public's Welfare

Hippo Reads | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Hippo Reads

At its simplest denominator, a citizen is by principle afforded the right of being included in a group's decisions. But there is a special place for those who serve as policymakers and policy experts. But I offer the point in my book that "sometimes the rules are not made by the public required to follow them."

Political Polarization: Iowa Edition

Algernon Austin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Algernon Austin

Anyone watching the Republican and Democratic presidential debates would be excused for thinking that there are indeed two different countries called "America," a Republican America and a Democratic America.

Whatever Happened to the Famous American Ability to Say "Nuts" to Charlatans, Crazies, and Fear-Mongers?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Shortly after the onset of the Battle of the Bulge, one of World War II's hardest-fought campaigns, with the Americans surrounded by German troops, when the American commander General Anthony McAuliffe was given the enemy's ultimatum to surrender or face annihilation, he famously replied: "NUTS!"

New York Times: Work with National Rifle Association

Philip M. Hellmich | Posted 12.23.2015 | Religion
Philip M. Hellmich

As the presidential campaigns heat up, it is clear we are headed down the path of polarized politics that have made it difficult to address critical i...

Demagogues: Leaders of Collective Madness

Alan Briskin | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics
Alan Briskin

Demagogues are creations of the collective as much as they lead groups into warfare and hatred. They exist as a funnel for existential fears and frustrated longings. By reducing complexity down to simple answers, they make themselves into emotional magnets for dis-ease. How do we resist such temptations?

Words From James Baldwin for Our Times: Behind Media Beef Over College "PC Culture"

Talmon J. Smith | Posted 12.07.2015 | Media
Talmon J. Smith

James Baldwin, the late novelist, playwright, essayist, and civil rights activist was lost to cancer 28 years ago this week. Still, his timeless diagn...

Why Are Republicans Like This?

Richard North Patterson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Richard North Patterson

That America is polarized to the point of paralysis is, by now, a melancholy given. But the recent doings of the GOP have led many to wonder if their erstwhile countrymen have decamped to a stranger realm.

Washington Gridlock: Too Many Principled Politicians?

Robert Alexander | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Robert Alexander

Compromise and negotiation seem like relics of a bygone era. When principles, ideals, and values are at stake, there is little-to-no room for compromise.

Finding Alternatives to Fruitless Polarization

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

The eight of us sat around a table and pretty much had the restaurant to ourselves. After introductions, a conversation that began between me and the Palestinian named Mohammed quickly became the focus. The others may have been concerned where this discussion would lead.

3 Opportunities in a Polarized World

Mark Osler | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Mark Osler

If we can meet those we disagree with on a neutral ground fraught with meaning, there is hope for reconciliation and joint action.

What Deborah Cox Asks Us All About Politics: How Did You Get Here?

Jarrett Hill | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Jarrett Hill

Deborah Cox's most iconic song from the late 90s asks a simple question to a love that she never saw coming: "How did you get here?"

The Gingrich Revolution and the Roots of Republican Dysfunction

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Steven M. Gillon

Republicans are now searching for a new leader, but personality and charisma will not heal this deep divide between politics and governance that has plagued the party for more than two decades. It may be the greatest unintended consequence of the Gingrich revolution.

Calling All Angels

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 09.28.2015 | Media
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Perhaps the pope's statement that when it comes to the difficult issues of the day, "We need to face them together, to talk about them and to seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions," simply could not be heard in the political polarization that dominates Congress today.

Demystifying the Trump Coalition: It's the Authoritarianism

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

The basis of Trump's support isn't all that much of a mystery. In fact, his appeals are crafted - intentionally or not - to appeal to a bulwark of the contemporary Republican Party. That constituency is authoritarians.

How Its Own Media Prevents GOP Shift to the Middle

Michael Smerconish | Posted 08.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Lost in the short-term attention commanded by Donald Trump in the first Republican primary debate was a long-term problem for the party, created by questions that compelled the candidates to take positions at odds with a majority of Americans. While the debate questions were smart and sharp, they were also predicated on many conservative litmus tests. When the subjects of abortion, same-sex marriage, immigration and religion were aired, they elicited responses that, while pleasing to a core constituency, will be a tough sell in the general election. Adherents can get their news in a manner that validates their beliefs, notwithstanding that the objective of those outlets is to draw clicks from adherents based on controversy that would not exist in a world of compromise.