September 28, 2013
LAURENCE JARVIK: Al Gore’s Hate Speech Made Me Quit Brookings Email List. Jarvik writes:
Does Brookings want to arrest “political terrorists” now? Call in drone strikes? This rhetoric is simply beyond the pale of civilized discourse, a slippery slope of political dehumanization of the opposition.
As you know, Vice President Al Gore and the Republic survived a shutdown in the Clinton administration very nicely. There were shutdowns in the Carter administration, as well. It is called the congressional power of the purse.
After reading this email, I no longer have confidence in Brookings’ rationality, nor its commitment to civil political discourse.
Funny, not long ago we were being lectured on civility.