Of the four candidates running for President and Vice President of the two major parties,
Sarah Palin has been glorified by her
supporters and vilified by her detractors more than any candidate for high office in recent memory. While her defenders are many, the pundit aristocracy and the so-called mainstream media have subjected her to a drumbeat of shockingly offensive, insulting and angry criticism.
Having lived in Washington for three decades up until the middle eighties and known many of the political players of the day, I have seen a sea change in the way politics is conducted. It has become a brutal and angry game of “gotcha,” a sinister and cynical conspiratorial process that makes a mockery of civilized political debate.
Perhaps we are going through an angry phase in our national life. I see it everywhere. On the
Internet hate and anger of extreme virulence seems
to be proliferating. Just browse through the
comment sections of the various blogs on any
subject, but particularly politics, and you will
see venomous, hateful and scurrilous opinions that
are nothing more than emotional, mean-minded and hateful rants that have little relations to factual and reasoned discourse.
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Short Story Contest Winners
We announced the contest winners on September
15. Congratulations to Michael Ginsberg for the top prize
($1,000) and Sonia
Suedfeld for the People's Choice award ($500). The
remaining finalists receive $150 each. Here are
the five finalists. Click to read their winning
Spumoni: The Italian Matzoh Ball by Michael
of the Living Dead by Thomas Juvik
Overload by Neil McCabe
Advice by Sonia Suedfeld
Curse of Kitsch by Jerrel Swingle
details about this contest.
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