Quotes from the World for Tuesday 09/13/MMXI

The level of discourse in this country is falling to a depth that cannot be sustained.

Martin Frost

On Tuesday 09/06/V3.2 I had a twitter conversation with Susan about Unions.  This inspired this quote.

Mark DeMoss of the Civility Project says it best (from NPR).

More recently, NPR tackled this question when host Michel Martin talked with Mark DeMoss, of the online – based Civility Project. Also joining the discussion was Madea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, a grassroots movement that advocates for ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a conversation about what constitutes civil discourse.

Mr. Demoss ended the interview with a responsible, clear-thinking observation: “Well, it’s a tough hill to climb, certainly, but I think this: I’d like to see us, on both sides of any issue, I’d like to see us increasingly wage ideological battles with words and ideas, and not with volume and tactics and antics. I think we’re losing this ability to debate with words and ideas and instead we’re debating with volume and shouting and those sorts of things. I don’t think it’s effective and… So there’s a practical reason.”

Indeed Mr. Demoss – you are a light in the darkness.

Thank You Mark