“I think – as President Kennedy pointed out – sometimes when you try to ride the tiger, you wind up inside of it. And you’ve seen this over the last couple of years: Any insult to Rush Limbaugh is greeted with an immediate apology from whatever offending Republican, no matter their rank or stature. When you have someone who yells “you lie” in the middle of the State of the Union, donations flood into the website. So there has been a reward system based on the intemperance of the rhetoric, not on the substance of the ideas, the strength of conservatism as the solution to the problems. So this carnival atmosphere, once started, it isn’t that easy to shut off. And we may be about to pay a high price for it.” – Steve Schmidt, Republican strategist on Morning Joe (Photo credit)
“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand… the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.” — Eric Schmidt, Google
(Photo credit: KAZ Vorpal)
Confused about all the talk and advertising about “Destination Resorts” in Florida? We got a page started with some of the basic information – opponents, proponents, links to the legislation and articles from across the state. Cool thing about We the Wiki: It’s completely editable by you. All you have to do is create an account and you can add information to the discussion, including weighing in on pros and cons and correcting factual errors on our “Facts Matter” page. There is surely more confusing (and important) legislation to come, so why not give We the Wiki a test drive now? As far as we know, it’s the only user-editable public policy wiki on earth. Yes, earth.
Lunch is now $10 or you can just join us and brown bag it! Starts at noon, lunch served beginning at 11:30. Get details and RSVP here.
Did you miss us last week on WFSU’s weekly radio show Perspectives? The audio is in! You can find it online HERE. I loved host Tom Flanigan’s intro so much I somehow talked him into giving me his notes. So here’s Tom: “Politics and religion have always been hot topics and often not discussed in polite company. But today, you often can’t even talk politics in impolite company. The volume level of the discussion often exceeds that of an atomic blast. Is there any hope for civility in public discourse? Can government officials lower the talk temperature by being more open and honest with the public? Can’t we all just get along? That what we’ll be talking about on this morning’s Perspectives and we’ll be eagerly awaiting your calls and emails, too.” (Again, listen to the program online HERE.)
• One: Seek to understand the moral positions of others.
Americans are a diverse people with fundamentally different moral foundations. Recent psychological studies show we are born with a predisposition for being conservative or liberal, and no amount of yelling at each other on a cable network will change that.
Some of us hold as sacred the care for victims of oppression; some are dedicated to preserving the institutions and traditions that sustain a moral community; others are most concerned with the protection of individual liberty. Most of us share a concern about all these values, but feel more intensely about some than others. (more…)
“The late great Patrick Moynihan said that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts. I’m not sure that’s true anymore in the social media age. It seems that everyone lives in their own reality.” — Steve Schmidt
For anyone who has lived with or been around mental illness—and who has not?—Melancholia is a must-see movie.
The characters are richer and better looking than we are, but we have all been to the wedding at the center of this film. You don’t need a medical degree to know that the bride, Justine, is seriously unstable; you would be, too, if you’d grown up in her family. (more…)
A reminder that you’re running out of days for the $8 pre-registration price (but free if you don’t eat)! After next Tuesday it’s $10.
But you should probably know that Laurinda’s favorite day to order the food is today, so if you know you’re planning to be there already, please let us know.
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We’re delighted to have been invited to appear on today’s Perspectives on WFSU 88.9 FM. Tom Flanigan will be hosting and we’re bringing board co-chairs City Commissioner Gil Ziffer, County Commissioner Bryan Desloge and yours truly. The program is from 11 am to noon today. Please tune in, call in and ask us a question.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell yesterday on This Week with Christiane Amanpour:
“The tone is not good right now. And our political system here in Washington, particularly up on the Hill, Congress, has become very, very tense, in that the two sides, the Republicans and the Democrats, are focusing more and more on their extreme left and extreme right. And we have to come back toward the center in order to compromise.
A story I like to tell is our founding fathers were able to sit in Philadelphia and make some of the greatest compromises known to man — tough, tough issues.
But they did it. Why? Because they were there to create a country, whereas we have a Congress now that can’t even pass an appropriations bill, and we’re running this country on a continuing resolution, which — what else are they here for but to pass appropriations bills?
And so we have got to find a way to start coming back together. And let me say this directly. The media has to help us. The media loves this game where everyone is on the extreme. It makes for great television. It makes for great chatter. It makes for great talk shows all day long with commentators commenting on commentators about the latest little mini-flap up on Capitol Hill.
So what we have to do is, sort of, take some of the heat out of our political life in terms of the coverage of it so these folks can get to work quietly.”
(Photo credit: Josh Self)