Sexual misconduct isn’t a partisan issue — or shouldn’t be. For every John Conyers, Al Franken, Mel Reynolds or Gerry Studds, there is a Dan Crane, Blake Farenthold, Mark Foley, Dennis Hastert or Bob Packwood. Political persuasion aside, most perpetrators are men, while women and children comprise most of the victims.
…aves, unhindered by reality. But as President John F. Kennedy warned in a 1962 commencement speech, “the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often … We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. Mythology distracts us everywhere.”
… and that President Trump deserves praise for blunt, rough-and-ready-candor. But they are mistaken. Often candor is desirable, but not always; and the American public has good reason to lament the decline of civility in our public discourse. Civility, a legacy from classical antiquity, was invented to facilitate political action at the seat of government. Civility restrains contending forces that inevitably battle at centers of power. It subjects adversaries to rules of civil discourse. Consequently, when political manners decay, government suffers.