A self-confessed presidential news conference groupie, Greg Blass reflects on how point-counterpoint of the past has evolved into punch-counterpunch, with news conferences suited less for the East Room and more for Madison Square Garden.
Is there room for civil discourse anymore, as ridicule and disrespect take a tighter grip on both sides? Seeing the problem this way may help solve it. Is there any hope for the approach Abe Lincoln prescribed: "with malice toward none?"
Opposition to liberal immigration and refugee policies is quickly labeled racist, xenophobic and most especially Islamophobic. We are told that rational concern for our liberty and safety must not impede our commitment to diversity.