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WORKING TOGETHER FOR CHANGE

Oct 20,18

Change is easier when our elected representatives are working together to get something done. The good news in this context is that there is far more common ground for them to build on than you will hear from the media. You can remind them of that.

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Impossible to Be Civil?

Oct 12,18

Hillary Clinton said this week “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand …

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Lost in the Outrage

Sep 29,18

Much of the press coverage about the Supreme Court confirmation process, mainstream and otherwise, has been about the alleged low …

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Constitution Day

Sep 16,18

Monday, September 17, is Constitution Day.  It’s a good excuse to think about a few things.  First of all, what’s …

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Can Leaders Change for the Better?

Aug 9,18

Mahathir Mohamad, George Wallace, and the 2018 Malaysian election. Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (center), the once-and-future Malaysian Prime Minister greets protestors …

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Supreme Court and Democracy

Jul 5,18

With the composition of the Supreme Court being so consequential, the Senate has an eternal obligation to confirm justices who will defend the constitution on a non-partisan basis for all people within our borders. We hope citizens will ask their senators to go beyond that and make support for free, fair, and accountable democracy one of their major confirmation criteria.

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Free Speech: Abuse It and Lose It

Jun 27,18

The right to free speech is an integral part of modern democracy. Abuse that right and you abuse democracy. Take that abuse too far and you won’t have free speech any more.

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Cruelty Hurts Democracy Here, Persecuted Minorities Overseas

Jun 21,18

Cruelty towards immigrants practice puts our democracy at risk, along with our ability to advocate for persecuted minorities overseas.

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Setting Fires and Pouring Gasoline

Jun 11,18

Our constitution gives the media a central and protected role in our democracy. Our founding fathers expected the media would help hold leaders accountable and also help educate voters (and legislators) about the pros and cons of various policy options. The media have never been especially polite in doing the job the founder fathers gave them: personal attacks on political leaders started early on. In the last many years, however, many media owners have directed their staff to set fires and then pour gasoline on them.

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Elon Musk: You Can Help Make the Press Better

Jun 3,18

The first amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right to a free press (TV, radio, newspapers, blogs, social media). This is a right worth fighting for. The press that you don’t like today might be a very important friend at other times in your life.

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