What the Rancorous First Presidential Debate Says About Us

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From Left to Right: (1) President Donald Trump; (2) Friedrich Nietzsche, expositor of nihilism; (3) existentialist philosopher Søren Kierkegaard; (4) rationalistic philosopher René Descartes; (5) former Vice President Joe Biden.

How can we live together in a world where reality itself is a matter of personal definition? The answer is that we cannot — at least not peacefully.

By Msgr. Charles Pope, National Catholic Register, October 7, 2020

Msgr. Charles Pope Msgr. Charles Pope is currently a dean and pastor in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, where he has served on the Priest Council, the College of Consultors, and the Priest Personnel Board. …


Msgr. Charles PopeThe recent presidential debate and the discussion in its wake reflect a disturbing trend. While this trend has been growing for decades, the increase in severity has picked up steam in our overheated culture. It is easy to put all the blame on the candidates and the moderator, but we must recognize that they reflect us.

America is at a boiling point. Two divergent views of what our country has been, and should be, have caused nearly everything to be politicized. Until recently, sports were one of the few things that Americans of all political persuasions and backgrounds could enjoy watching and rooting for together. Now that has been poisoned as well.  …