Tag: Political Discourse
Reagan and O’Neill Were Friendly Opponents, so Why Must Today’s Partisans Spew Hatred?

I have never in my very long life witnessed the intense hatred between political parties as demonstrated in our country today. The word “hatred” is not too strong; my point survives the exaggeration. Having a political appointment from President Reagan, I worked in Washington, D. C. with Congress and the Executive Branch virtually everyday…
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Against “We,” “Us,” and “Our” in Policy Discourse

Rhetoric is often insidious, especially in political and policy-related discourse. The words a writer or speaker uses to express his ideas may easily tilt the reader or listener’s evaluation toward unwarranted acceptance or rejection. Politicians and others who make public pronouncements understand this effect, and they choose their words with an eye toward using…
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