Do you believe that both political parties are spending more time vying for power than working to improve our country? Are you bothered by heightened rhetoric where opposing viewpoints and candidates are “evil” or “anti-American”? Do you share views held by both parties? If so, you’re not alone. Below are some blog posts and news stories that might appeal to you.
Here’s a Washington Post article explaining how both parties use the debt ceiling issue for political gain:
Thomas Friedman looks at the latest — and possibly strongest — attempt at establishing a competitive third party:
Well-known linguist Deborah Tannen takes on the semantics of partisanship and discovers that seeing political opponents as enemies is “dangerous to our democracy”:
Advice to parents about indoctrinating kids by an author who inadvertently started to do so:
A new group called “No Labels” calls for people to shun political labels and deal with issues in a civil manner. Its slogan? “Not left. Not right. Forward.”
A CNN essay about how both parties lack courage:
Fareed Zakaria explores how the political rift is caused in part by a new brand of conservatism:
Forbes magazine sounds a death knell for the entitlement-based Democratic party:
This blogger explains why Democrats are failing to compete with the Republicans’ succinct talking points:
Sen. John McCain demonstrates a higher level of discourse in this Washington Post article praising his political rival, President Obama, for a speech related to the Arizona shootings in January 2011:
A good quote from a press release that shows some politicians have views that cross party lines with regard to issues like gay marriage:
In this video clip, Juan Williams explains the context of the controversial remarks that got him fired and explains the need for debate without vilifying opponents.
Commentary from Time magazine on the effect of polarizing politics on news networks:
A collection of older New York Times articles about bipartisanship: