Maybe understanding the historic events and behavioral roots that have produced these venomously angry polarized times can help us let go of at least a little of our own deep instinct to align with the tribe in the name of safety and protection.
As far as 80s trends go, the resurgent popularity of Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill rivals that of skinny jeans and Members Only jackets. But were Reagan and O'Neill really as chummy as some people would have us believe?
New England's brand of Republicanism is certainly on the decline. But the inability of the state party to engage in the long term work of party building that's necessary to bring people into its organization by asking for their affirmative participation has hastened its demise.
The lights are being removed, the podiums are gone, and the cleanup crew is sweeping up the tiny, tiny pieces of Paul Ryan that were left all over the stage last night. Heh. Well, maybe not really, but it certainly seems that way, doesn't it?
As today's leaders seek to overcome the challenge of reaching consensus on economic policy and national security, they would benefit by studying the achievements of Chuck Manatt and Frank Fahrenkopf at the "Making Democracy Work" exhibit in Washington, DC.
Even though she did a terrific job as leader of the House Democrats, and even though she made history as the first woman Speaker, it's finally time for Pelosi to lay down a sacrifice bunt instead of swinging for the fences.
The smoke signals being sent up locally going into the 2010 midterms all point to systematic failure on the part of the governing party. And yet, when has a party ever been returned to power so soon after destroying the lives of so many people?
Ten year plans, multiple-year homeless initiatives, homeless management information systems - that's billions of dollars invested to addresses homelessness. Seems a bit excessive when I know the steps toward housing hurting people are simple.