Category Archives: Politics

He likes to hear himself talk

Dear Joseph, I once overheard someone say, “He likes to hear himself talk.” Truth be told; that someone was referring to me. A major OUCH to say the least. While I don’t think that person ever intended for me to … Continue reading

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The Two Sides of Incivility

Last week I attended a course called Crucial Conversations, which is based on the NY Times Best Selling book of the same name. It was a great training and worth the time investment. As I took some time to go … Continue reading

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Political Civility To Be Tested in Madison, WI

The current teacher protests in Madison, WI provide us a real chance to put political civility to the test. The rubber is hitting the road, so to speak. As I watch the various news reports come in, I would say … Continue reading

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Bipartisan Incivility – We’ve Got the Gimme’s

While much of the Tuscon civility debate has focused on words and pointing fingers for uncivil speech/rhetoric, no one seems to be looking at a more serious way that both Republicans and Democrats may be contributing to the growing lack … Continue reading

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Being Polite is Not Civility

As part of my work on this blog, I like to monitor and read the ongoing stream of articles on political civility. The more I read, the more I am reminded of the line in Princess Bride where Inigo remarks … Continue reading

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Time & Consequences

Dear Joseph, The world can be a tricky place and it seems to be getting more complicated all the time. All around us people, who are really good at making wrong behavior and activities look right and things we don’t … Continue reading

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Bret Stephens Defines Incivility, But Don’t Tell Him

I thought Bret Stephens’ article in the WSJ today about Keith Olbermann was interesting. What I found most interesting is that Stephens claims that incivility is not the greatest threat to political discourse rather he says: “…the real threat is … Continue reading

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Beginners are Many…Enders are Few

Dear Joseph, At times I wonder what you will remember most from what your mom and I try to teach you and how that it will probably be different from what your brother and sister remember most. One of the … Continue reading

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Robust Civility = Deep & Honest Disagreements

Interesting article from Michael Gerson on civility. Two exerpts I especially enjoyed: We need a robust civility that allows for deep and honest disagreements instead of explaining those differences away. In the long run, this is only achievable if Americans … Continue reading

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Misunderstood Power of Civility

Given the disturbing events in Tucson, it is not surprising that the President and others are calling for a more civil political dialogue. I agree with their call, but before we get too far down the road, we should make … Continue reading

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