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, 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.
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.
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.