Category Archives: Civility in Politics

January Event – Restoring Civil Discourse After the 2016 Presidential Campaign

The Common Ground for Texans January 2017 event took place in the form of a moderated panel discussion with Mike Ignatowski as moderator. The panel was titled “Restoring Civil Discourse After the 2016 Presidential Campaign”. The three-member panel consisted of … Continue reading

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“How American Politics Went Insane”

That’s the title of an insightful article by Jonathan Rauch in the July/August 2016 issue of The Atlantic. Mr. Rauch contends that a leading cause of the dysfunction of American politics and government is the well-intended reforms that dismantled much of the informal machinery … Continue reading

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Travis County Democrats and Republicans talking together – Can we do it better than the R’s and D’s in Washington?

On November 2nd, Common Ground for Texans hosted a community conversation with a panel of 3 Republican and 3 Democratic Travis County precinct chairs. The meeting was facilitated by Diane Miller, founder of Civic Collaboration, a firm that specializes in … Continue reading

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Political Sociologists Report on the Tea Party

A new book, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, is reviewed in the current issue of Washington Monthly. The book’s authors, Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson, are, respectively, a Harvard political sociologist and her graduate student. The reviewer, Steven M. Teles, is an associate professor of political … Continue reading

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Congressional (In)Civility with a Money Connection

You may be surprised to learn that there actually is a Congressional Civility Caucus. Today NPR’s Morning Edition featured a story on incivility at the dinner table on Thanksgiving, which draws together family members who do not necessarily see eye … Continue reading

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Words to Remember Her By

At a recent “Celebration of Life” service for Taylor Willingham, I heard these words that so resonated with me as a member of the Coffee Party that I felt compelled to share them: As we consider the details of our … Continue reading

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Another Look at Why We Need the Coffee Party

Many Americans today are afraid to discuss politics unless they’re around people they know agree with them. It feels impolite to even bring up politics in mixed company because of the fear that any such words will result in shouting. … Continue reading

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GOP Operative Reflects on the Cult He Left

A recently retired Congressional staffer has published, in an essay entitled, “Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult,” his take on the metastasizing disaster in Washington. As James Fallows describes the author, Mike Lofgren*, … Continue reading

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What does ‘Civility’ mean?

In his TheAtlantic.com blog, James Fallows quotes a reader’s query: Everyone seems to say, “we need to be more civil!” without actually putting forward positive advice on what constitutes responsible vs. irresponsible speech. … I would love to see a … Continue reading

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