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Rhetoric

Tucson -- And the Next Rampage

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Already there have been bricks thrown through windows, and pictures of nooses. Already the authorities have had to increase security for certain gove...

Don't Blame the Tea Party (at Least Not for This... )

Erica Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

As politicians of both parties fall all over themselves denying blame for the shooting of Congresswomen Giffords and decrying the toxic political envi...

"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...

Head, Heart, Guts and Gonads: Getting Down and Dirty in the Rhetoric War

Robin Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

The left likes to argue to the head; conservatives know that the further down you go, the more persuasive you will be.

Seven Steps to Civility This Election Season

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

This week, a group of more than 130 former legislators, both Republicans and Democrats, released a letter urging for civility and encouraging candidates, once elected, to focus on cooperation to face our country's greatest challenges.

The Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary and Home-Grown Terrorism

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Are we as concerned about potential terrorists who are home-grown Americans with white skin as we are sometimes obsessed with darker-skinned suspects of Middle Eastern descent?

How Not to Give an Oval Office Speech

Robin Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

Obama totally missed his opportunity to ask for, or even demand, sacrifice; specifically, that all of us immediately go into rehab for our oil addiction.

Obama's Call for Civility Amid Prayer Breakfast Controversy

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, with a plea for civility in our political discourse. He spoke specifically about the response to the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Health Care: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We've recently seen the abortion rhetoric really heat up to ridiculous proportions. Those with opposing views are being stereotyped and demonized. And facts are taking a back seat to sound bytes.

Copenhagen Goals Scaled Back: World Leaders Put Off Climate Change Treaty

TIME | Bryan Walsh Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Confirming doubts that had been growing for months, the world leaders in attendance at APEC -- along with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen -...

Pray for Glenn Beck

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Beck's predictions that health care reform would lead to government bureaucrats euthanizing people like his daughter are dead wrong, but we at Sojournors agree with Glenn on this point: God is the giver of life.

What!? Racism Still in America?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I see racial sub-texts in the intensity of the attacks on Obama -- not in the disagreements per se, but in the viciousness of the rhetoric.

A Stupid Made-for-TV Controversy

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

News cycles thrive on controversy and the extreme, so those elements of our country are continuing to get more and more airtime.

'Life' and 'Death'

Robin Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

Republicans have gotten the trademark on the two most potent words at our disposal. They are the ones who decide what those words mean: who can use them, about what, in what context.

Obama's Rhetorical Inspirations: Presidents, Poets, and Hobbits

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Here are the ten sources behind the most memorable lines of Obama's address.

Hey World, What Do You Think of US Now?

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

We may be seeing the beginnings of presidential leadership that co-inspires mutual trust instead of conspiring to undermine public will.