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Media Turns Charlie Brown Story Into Outrage Porn

Well, it looks like the media couldn’t resist the temptation to provide the American public with outrage porn, even on Thanksgiving. However, in this case, it was conservatives who were the mark. The Hill recently reported on a story that represents every conservative...

Giving The Great Gift Of Gratitude

Imagine that you have just finished wrapping a present for a loved one. The gift is an expression of your feelings for this person. Now, what sense would it make to toss it in the garage to collect dust rather than actually giving it? William Arthur Ward once wrote:...

The Reason Progressives Can’t Understand Conservatives

America’s political divide continues to deepen; national conversations are becoming more acrimonious. Friendships have been destroyed by political differences. People have had family members disown them for their views. Even marriages have ended because of politics....

What Is The Echo Chamber Of Commerce?

Most Americans on the left and the right are at least somewhat familiar with the term “echo chamber.” Many believe that our tendency to embrace our confirmation biases is one of the principal causes of the de-evolution of America’s political discourse. Even in the...

The Impact Of Cognitive Dissonance On Politics

Has the increasingly heated political climate finally driven the American public insane? It seems that since the 2016 election, political discourse has gradually descended into a maelstrom of innuendo, accusation, and conspiracy theories. If Captain Obvious were a...

Should Conservatives Embrace Identity Politics?

Identity politics. For conservatives, it’s an abhorrent term. Almost daily, you can see right-leaning Americans rail against the use of identity politics. The idea of using identity politics to convert more voters is anathema to many on the right. Conservatives’...

Jobs Not Mobs: Top-Notch Persuasion

President Trump has brought a particular set of skills to the GOP that the party did not possess previously. While Republicans have been criticized for lackluster messaging over the years, Trump’s prowess at marketing and branding may just be turning things around for...

Bombs Sent To Democrats And Americans Embrace Echo Chambers

Many have argued that the state of our current political discourse has made us angrier. Nobody can argue with the fact that national conversations have become rather heated. It’s an unfortunate reality, but what if it’s worse than we think? What if the political...