Tag: 2018 mid-term elections

Only in America . . .

 

Every once in awhile, I come across a headline that elicits a laugh. This one from the Drudge Report may not be my all-time favorite: Dead brothel owner wins... But it is awfully good.

It happened in Nevada, where Dennis Hof, the owner of the Love Ranch and other destination spots, passed away on 16 October, and the citizens residing in his rural state assembly district preferred him dead to Lesia Romanov, his Democratic opponent, alive. I suspect that, had I lived in the district, I, too, would have voted for the deceased.

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The Senate? Great night! The House? Ugh . . . Still, given the number of things Trump got done without the cooperation of Republicans, he can still do them.  The House Dems are going to harass his administration every step of the way. I say, let ’em. As long as the Senate Republicans do their […]

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On the eve of the mid-terms, I’m reading a book on my back porch with a glass of wine. Since we “fell back” in daylight savings, dusk comes early, but the Hispanic work crew building the house next door is still hard at work. Among the sounds of drills and nail guns, Spanish ballads lull […]

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When I realized it was my turn for the November Group Writing Series and the theme was elimination, I started to fret a little. Elimination is a challenging word, turning it over and over in my mind. It became complicated – talk about the all consuming Mid-terms? The Caravan? Did the Founders stress out this […]

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How to Use the Vulnerable to Win Elections – 101 Just a month before the U.S. mid-term elections, someone by the name of Bartolo Fuentes started a caravan to head to the U.S. border through Mexico. Starting with just a handful, it has grown to thousands. On October 16th. According to Reuters: Preview Open

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Civility in Politics: All Bets are Off

 

I couldn’t help rolling my eyes at this well intentioned definition of civility:

Civility is about more than just politeness, although politeness is a necessary first step. It is about disagreeing without disrespect, seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences, listening past one’s preconceptions, and teaching others to do the same. Civility is the hard work of staying present even with those with whom we have deep-rooted and fierce disagreements. It is political in the sense that it is a necessary prerequisite for civic action. But it is political, too, in the sense that it is about negotiating interpersonal power such that everyone’s voice is heard, and nobody’s is ignored.