As we consider the work Congress did this week, it’s worth considering whether we, the people, are satisfied with the product it delivered. Are we ok with “good news” that took more than 7 months to deliver?
As the electoral college meets to cast its votes today, we can avoid the topic altogether in an effort to avoid the discord, or we can engage with it, understanding that it will be contentious and divisive. We can also start from a simple agreement that learning more about the process is a good idea, and we can take a small step toward becoming a student of American politics.
In the weeks and months following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans stepped up to serve in a variety of ways. Though they had been deeply divided over the nation's role in the developing war, people largely set aside their differences and united around a common cause after the 1941 strike on the Hawaiian naval … Continue reading Public Service Unites Americans
When Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and law professor Chris Peterson ran against each other for governor of Utah earlier this year, they recorded a public service announcement together reminding voters of the need for decency during elections. They theorized that it was probably the first time two candidates had engaged in such a move, and … Continue reading Unexpected Civil Discourse
We are allowing a growing political divide to degrade our humanity. Instead of clinging to a standard of decency and kindness, we’re allowing our political differences to justify our continued bad behavior.
After New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on November 18, 2020, that New York schools would close the next day in a response to rising Covid numbers, parents showed up at City Hall to protest the decision.
I don't know who originally created this image, but I've had it saved on my phone for a very long time. The phrase "consent of the governed" appears in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their … Continue reading Power of the People
If you watched the confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett in October of 2020, you saw, in the final moments, an unexpected moment of kindness between two political opponents. Sen. Diane Feinstein commended Sen. Lindsey Graham for running “...one of the best sets of hearings that I’ve participated in.” And then she hugged him. And … Continue reading No Room for Civility in Politics
A majority of Americans want more election choices. In a September 2020 Hill-HarrisX poll, 60 percent of Americans stated a need for a meaningful third party outside of the existing two-party system. Of the 3,758 registered voters, 61 percent of Democrats, 68 percent of Independents, and 51 percent of Republicans shared a belief that America … Continue reading Americans Want Choices