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A call for civility in politics

Author’s note: this is the beginning of an essay that I published on elephantjournal.com. Read the whole post here.

Glued to the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings last week, as so many of us were, I found myself moved by Jeff Flake’s remarks on Friday. “Tribalism is ruining us,” the Arizona senator said. “It is tearing our country apart.”

I would hope that we’re more resilient than that. But he’s got a point. Most of us would agree that America does feel particularly divided right now—with folks of different political persuasions unable to agree on even basic facts.

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Ian Cooper