Unity, Civility, and President Biden

Aaron Rhodes at The Hill: According to University of Chicago sociologist Edward Shils, who died in 1995, civility is “a belief which affirms the possibility of the common good … a virtue expressed in action on behalf of the whole society.” Shils wrote that civility is...

Civility and Rhetoric

Michael Gerson at The Washington Post: How can Biden shape a rhetoric of unity and inclusion in a nation that cannot agree on democratic values, and does not agree on truth itself? He might begin by reading Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural. Lincoln drew a hard line...

Building Bridges Instead of Walls

William Gray at R Street: According to reports, the Biden administration is creating a position to “find common ground with conservatives” that will be headed by Louisiana Representative Cedric Richmond (D-La.). Part of Richmond’s mandate would be would be “private...

McCain and Biden

Linda Feldmann at The Christian Science Monitor: The late Sen. John McCain would have been proud of his friend President-elect Joe Biden. The two went back decades – back, even, to before Mr. McCain’s election to Congress. In the late 1970s, when the Arizona...