Average Joe turned political celebrity Ken Bone joins John and Ciaran to talk about his wild ride to fame following his celebrated appearance at the second 2016 Trump vs. Clinton presidential debate, and to share his insights into the problem of political polarization and how we can overcome it.
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On January 31st, Braver Angels shared a vision of what our politics could be if we were to seek the best in each other, harkening to our common creed. Here’s what it felt like…
Los Angeles Times // Amid conflict, Lincoln sought conciliation. Amid anger, he advocated “charity for all.” Amid despair, he summoned “the braver angels of our nature.”
Fox News // America is built on the pursuit of a more perfect Union, but today we are yet again on the brink of a civic fissure so deep it threatens our democracy.
John and Ciaran are joined by sharp and lively Kim Iversen, former syndicated talk radio show host and co-founder of The Left media network, to talk about immigration, the causes of polarization, special interest influence on politics, Kim’s issues with the Democratic Party as well Donald Trump, and more.
Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr., with fellow Braver Angels leaders Greg Steinbrecher and Randy Lioz, discuss bias and pile on culture in the wake of the protests involving Covington Catholic High School students and participants in an Indigenous People’s Rally, and the Gillette commercial targeting “toxic masculinity.”
Brown University’s Glenn Loury cross examines John on Braver Angels and the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
John and Ciaran dive back into the government shutdown and immigration debate, imagining a new way forward. J and C also announce the Braver Angels State of the Union event, two days after President Trump’s SOTU and the Democratic response, in Washington D.C.
Atlantic Magazine // One Saturday morning this past fall, a handful of progressive voters were seated in a neat circle, pondering why more people don’t agree with their preferred policy solutions for the country.
In June of 2018, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, 150 delegates, half red and half blue, came together to say that the era of polarization must come to an end. They issued a new American declaration, one that declares that the era of polarization must come to an end. That “We the People” not only must heal our nation, we can. They also adopted a set of principles and a program for ending polarization.