Re: "I am disheartened by the current contentious rhetoric of campaigns as folks
attack people's characters rather than their reasons, arguing from the gut
instead of the head."Nothing here to disagree with. But I've got to
keep asking -- where were you, Professor Sumner, during the Bush years? Why is
it important to stress civility and rhetorical listening only when liberals are
Excellent piece, Professor Sumner.
To "procuradorfiscal | 6:54 a.m. " I hate to use actual facts to prove you
wrong, but I guess somebody has to.If you take the Utah governor's
race as an example of races going on around the US, liberals are the ones
running smear campaigns. Conservatives are the ones that are the target of
contentious compaigns. There was a senator back east that took a speach by his
opponent, hacked up what was said and took things out of context just to make
his opponent look bad.
Good things to keep in mind -- thanks for writing.
One good way to understand the other side is to practice arguing it, like
students in a debate class. Spend a few minutes with a friend, each debating
your favorite positions. Take notes. Prepare to switch sides, then do the
same--but now on the side you oppose. It doesn't have to change your mind, but
it might convince you that the opposition isn't evil.During a
campaign, the best way to learn about a candidate is to ignore most campaign
output and find what the candidates were like before they became candidates.
Learn about their character. I would rather have a good man from the "wrong"
party that power seeker from my own.