What would really serve the Right in their frequent, flinty, fear-mongering moments is an acknowledgement of their own humanity or, as improbable as such soul-searching may sound, the more than occasional lack thereof.
How different our world would be if we were all just a bit more compassionate and kind! So what is it that prevents us? Kindness is free, it never goes bad, it has no sell-by date, we can never get enough of it, and we can never give enough of it.
I was glad to see the military acknowledging and addressing the separateness created by our all volunteer army, because I think it has profound consequences for our engagement with the men and women who serve.
To Kill a Mockingbird forces us to look beneath the surface of our well-intentioned rhetoric ... It affirms that it is not propaganda, religious dogma, or political power that is the catalyst for change -- it is compassion.
Fear is a natural response to threats; it is part of our biological legacy to have a "fight or flight" system. Emotional systems are targeted by political marketers seeking to manipulate voting behavior.