Controversy is embedded in the political process of making decisions about government taxing and spending. Dig into this drama and you’ll find threads that connect to countless ways that citizens, elected representatives and government interconnect with one another.
“America is deeply divided” has become a cliché for trying to describe what’s going on in our nation when the scope of the scenario is just too big to fully grasp. “Culture war” has become a term for describing this intangible concept with far reaching implications. Culture wars can be subdivided into class wars when it’s about money and religion wars when it’s about values. People aren’t talking much yet about intellectual wars but that dialogue needs to emerge. Right now Democrats and Republicans seem to be living in different worlds, using differing language, arriving at different truths.
We’re immersed in a clash of worldviews. In the big picture we talk mostly about two dominant worldviews, conservative and progressive. Conservatives tend to be Republicans; progressives tend to be Democrats. The reality is that most people hold a combination of worldviews but that is too complex for sound bites and punditry.
A worldview is how we see the world and our place in it, our philosophy of life, our moral and intellectual truth. Moral values are strongly influenced by religion and spirituality leading to clashes within our highly diverse religious culture. “All politics is moral” says linguist George Lakoff.
We, as citizens of a democracy, must talk about the ideas at the core of the American experience and government. Links are provided to diverse voices on a range of topics, many of whom are independent journalists and philosophers who publish primarily on the web. I think of it a having a virtual conversation with wise, visionary people and am most grateful to these patriots.
You are encouraged to use this “conversation starter kit” to talk about these ideas, adding, deleting and amending perspectives as the dialogue deepens and spreads.
Our Democracy Is at Stake by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, New York Times, October 1, 2013
Suffocating Echo Chamber By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, New York Times, September 25, 2013
Conservatives With a Cause: ‘We’re Right’ By ASHLEY PARKER, New York Times, September 30, 2013
G.O.P. Extremists Defy Description by John Cassidy, TheNew Yorker.com, September 30, 2013
Republicans Facing a Test of Unity By ASHLEY PARKER, New York Times, September 26, 2013
Grayson blames shutdown on GOP literally drinking on the job By Josh Eidelson, Salon.Com, October 1. 2013
Permanent Republican minority By Harold Meyerson, Washington Post, October 1, 2013
Where the G.O.P.’s Suicide Caucus Lives Posted by Ryan Lizza, NewYorker.com, September 26, 2013
Staunch Group of Republicans Outflanks House Leaders By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ASHLEY PARKER, New York Times, October 1, 2013
A compassionate government keeps faith with the trust of the people and cherishes
the future of their children.
If you go deep enough into any faith tradition, you find
the common ground
with all faith traditions.
Nothing is politically right
which is morally wrong.
A progressive moral vision
is deeply connected to the
exercise of conscience.
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
Justice is conscience,
not a personal conscience but the
conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.
Patriotism is in political life
what faith is in religion.
for the philosophic
the truth is holy.
Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach
We must always take sides.
Neutrality helps the oppressor,
never the victim. Silence
encourages the tormentor,
never the tormented.
When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.
firstname.lastname@example.org – www.ProgressiveValues.org
Paideia (pu-di’uh) is an ancient Greek philosophy of educating for citizenship to create an ideal society