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Political Rhetoric

How To Create A 'National Conversation'

Steve Knight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Steve Knight

Have you noticed that "national conversations" are really hot right now? There seems to be a new one starting every week. And there seems to be a really simple formula for creating one.

Tea Party Senator: Toning Down Political Rhetoric Means 'The Shooter Wins'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) seemed to imply recently that any change to the behavior of elected officials spurred by the shooting in Arizona earlier this m...

Fatal Triangles

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

President Obama is now Mr. Reasonable Centrist -- except that in substance there is no reasonable center to be had. Just how far right do we have to go for Republicans to cut any kind of deal?

Religious Beliefs Inform Americans' Views On Political Rhetoric, Arizona Shooting

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service As President Obama prepares to assess the state of the union, three out of four Americans grade the country...

Traumatic Events Can Alter View Of Language | By Geoff Nunberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

There are more threats on politicians on both sides now, but not a lot of people are unhinged enough to actually try to carry out attacks. And once so...

Amanda Terkel

House Dean: Current Vitriolic Climate Is Similar To Before JFK Was Assassinated | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While pundits debate whether the tone in Washington will change in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Arizona, the dean of the U.S....

Interdependence or Death

Ben Brandzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Brandzel

How the debate about rhetoric is missing the "big lesson" that must define the post-Tucson Massacre world.

The Pathos of Sarah Palin

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

In what will hopefully be her political "last hurrah" as a presidential contender, Sarah Palin has revealed her small-minded approach to leadership. ...

Lucia Graves

Guns In U.S. Politics: 10 Recent Examples | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the wake of the Saturday shooting in Tucson, Ariz., Rep. Peter King (D-N.Y) announced he will introduce legislation to make it illegal to bring a g...

The Libel of "Blood Libel"

Noah Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Noah Baron

A culture of not only paranoia, but also of persecution itself, contradicts the possibility of a healthy political discourse.

Sarah Palin Revealed

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Irwin Kula

Here we go again. Sarah Palin has ratcheted up the rhetoric. In her words, chastising the media, she proclaimed, "within hours of a tragedy unfolding,...

Sarah Palin: Libeled or Liable?

Karen Dolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Dolan

For the life of me, I couldn't find anyone accusing Sarah Palin of being Jewish. I was prepared to point out how the media are succumbing to the pape...

Mark DeMoss Disbands 'Civility Project,' Citing Conservative Attacks, Grim View On Discourse

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mark DeMoss, director of the Civility Project, a two-year-old effort launched at the beginning of the Obama presidency to prompt legislators across th...

Pastor Bill Clinton's Lessons From Oklahoma City for Professor Barack Obama in Tucson

Michael Takiff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Takiff

Barack Obama may be too good a person -- too well-behaved, too self-controlled -- to be pastor to the nation like Bill Clinton was after Oklahoma City. But, in this teachable moment, he can be teacher to the nation.

Who's Illegitimate? The Presidents. Who Says?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

If mental disturbance is at the root of the shootings in Tucson, that leaves another question: what's at the root of all the rancor about political rancor?

Margaret Chase Smith and the Politics of Rhetoric

Heather Cox Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Cox Richardson

While the jury is out for today's Republicans, it's worth remembering Senator Margaret Chase as we discuss political rhetoric in the wake of Tucson.

Paul Kanjorski Pleads For Civility After Calling For GOP Governor To Be Shot

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Congressman Paul Kanjorski (D-Penn.) on Monday joined a chorus of voices calling for more civilized political discussion in the aftermath of th...

Put Hate Speech in the Crosshairs

Ian Gurvitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Gurvitz

There's a well-known line from Edmund Burke: "All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." In the wake of the Tucson shootings, it...

The New Vitriol-Free Cable News Network

Spencer Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

8:00am - Turn Vitriol into Vitri-LOL! 12:00pm - Listening Politely But Not Actually Listening with Dr. Sanjay Gupta 5:00pm - Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann Swap Photos of Puppies in Baskets

"A Good Way To Get Rid Of Dems"

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- A friend of an old friend on Facebook this weekend characterized Saturday's shooting as, "a good way to get rid of Democrats." How...

Bloody Hands From Fighting Words: Those Who've Been Targeted Know

Susie Bright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susie Bright

Just before the people who tried to kill me picked up their weapon-- (the gun, the knife, the pipe wrench, the suitcase bomb, the broken scissors)-- h...

An Attack On The Soul Of The Nation

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Gabby is always engaging, but never polarizing, and was the least likely person to be targeted by an angry man. But she was. In the midst of tragedy and violence, I believe every Christian must ask themselves: "How am I responsible?"

From 9/11/01 to 1/9/11

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Winston

What can anyone say about the events in Arizona this weekend? An assassination attempt of a public official is horrific, the senseless deaths of inno...

Amanda Terkel

Gabrielle Giffords Wrote Calling For 'Centrism And Moderation' On Eve Of Shooting | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the eve of the shooting that left her critically injured, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) wrote an email to Kentucky Secretary of S...

Can Pathological Politics Be Reversed?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

We can all choose to extricate ourselves from the unwanted repetitive episodes of vile talk we're in. And expect the same from our leaders. But first we must notice that we're in such destructive patterns.