American values

American values

Character Matters In Our Leaders and In Ourselves

character November 9th, 2018

I miss Ronald Reagan. That is not something that I say often. But as of this writing, the 2018 midterm elections just occurred, the Russia probe of Trump is about to drop, and the majority of Republicans remaining in Congress are extremists. There was a kind of class about that old coot Reagan, and it’s sorely missing now in the Commander in Chief. Character is all-important in everyone, but especially in the American President, a position that has increased in importance beyond the Founders’ intentions, and one that is of great power and influence.

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The Mystery of Good Character

character October 16th, 2018

The following is a guest blog written by A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University, Christian B. Miller. In it, he addresses character and introduces the reader to the concept of a character gap. His new book is entitled The Character Gap: How Good Are We?  There is also a link to a blog written by Jason Merchey entitled “The Values and Virtues America Desperately Needs”

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All Good People Must Stand and Be Counted

stand and be counted August 2nd, 2018

The more I read about Donald Trump and his band of merry idiots, the more I can’t keep quiet. It’s not generally advisable that a blogger take sides and speak ill of a whole philosophy or persuasion; it’s bad for business! But seriously, I can’t pull punches. I believe, like so many people with character, wisdom, and experience, that the GOP has run amok and is ruining our reputation, nation, and planet. I will add my voice to the chorus of individuals who call on the good people of the country to stand and be counted. We do not know for sure that we have time on our side, and we may not get a “do-over”. 

As Jason Kander said, “Patriotism isn’t about making everyone stand and salute the flag. Patriotism is about making this a country where everyone wants to.” 

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Eight Myths That Undergird American Society

society July 30th, 2018

Our society should’ve collapsed by now; none should be able to function with this level of inequality (with the possible exception of one of those prison planets in a Star Wars movie). Sixty-three percent of Americans can’t afford a $500 emergency. Yet Amazon head Jeff Bezos is now worth a record $141 billion. He could literally end world hunger for multiple years and still have more money left over than he could ever spend on himself. This is a blog about the myths that undergird American society, written by Lee Camp.

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Partisanship and Intolerance: America’s Dark Side

partisanship July 20th, 2018

Immigration is, in mid-2018, the number one issue on the minds of Americans. I think this raises some serious questions about the manipulation of the minds of Americans by politicians who would use that as a wedge. Frankly, it’s just not that big of a deal. I think it has a lot to do with fearmongering and distraction. It is a giant flaming sword of partisanship, if you will. In this blog, I will explore the myopia that seems to be plaguing countless Americans, and the partisanship it engenders. We need to reform and relax before we reignite the Civil War. 

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Trump Sounds More Orwellian Every Day

Orwellian July 20th, 2018

The so-called President of the United States is a man-child who is more accustomed to reality TV, demagoguery, scandalizing, lying, and cheating than anything else. As of this writing, criticizing the Commander-in-Chief in such a manner is not illegal. Who knows, though; he is so Orwellian and dark-hearted and unbound by social norms and ethical strictures that a dystopian turn in that direction is possible. Nor do I know we could count on either the establishment Republicans or the kooky ones from South Carolina and other backward states to stand up for American values such as truth, justice, due process, and transparency. It’s a tough time to be an American, for sure. I read an interesting piece that shows what a fetid, Orwellian turn we took in 2016. What follows is a bit of full-throated social criticism and truth-telling.

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American Values: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

American values July 19th, 2018

Why is the tragically stupid effort at separating asylum seekers (and folks trying to cross the border illegally) from their children now a thing? What does it say about America? What have our values been in the past, and what should the wise person make of that? What are America’s real values? This blog is about the fraying social fabric and the society-wide cognitive dissonance it accompanies. I am trying to really understand what the full scope of American values is. Here is a taste: “I’ve recently been thinking and writing about the growing fragmentation of the social compact, of whatever it was this country had ever meant when it called itself a democracy: the shredding of the vision of government of the people, by the people, for the people” ~ Adrienne Rich.

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