the thin fabric of a civil society

If you wonder why we should emphasize the importance of civility and the vital role of the journalistic forum, read Thomas Friedman’s important column this week.  He compares the delegitimizing of our political leaders to the atmosphere leading up to the assassination of Israel’s prime minister Rabin.friedman-ts-190

Again, hack away at the man’s policies and even his character all you want. I know politics is a tough business. But if we destroy the legitimacy of another president to lead or to pull the country together for what most Americans want most right now — nation-building at home — we are in serious trouble. We can’t go 24 years without a legitimate president — not without being swamped by the problems that we will end up postponing because we can’t address them rationally.

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