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Soul of the City

Soul of the City

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Published by Steven Donahue
Description of politics in Hollywood, Florida
Description of politics in Hollywood, Florida

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Published by: Steven Donahue on Jun 22, 2009
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By Steven Donahue
In a recent movie, “Three Kings,” an American is captured andtortured by Iraqis during the Gulf War. When the tables are turned, thevictim has the chance to kill his torturer in cold blood. With acharacteristically American trait that the Hollywood movie industry knowsall too well, he shows his torturer mercy and lets him survive.Alan Wolfe in his book 
One Nation, After All
suggests thatAmericans practice a “capacious individualism” in that they try to remainfaithful to their own values while respectful of others’ values as much as possible. Wolfe reminds us that the better side of the American nationalcharacter includes an unstated undercurrent of Tolerance, Respect for Diversity, Protecting the Weak, Unity, Attacking Hunger and Poverty,Mercy, Non-Reprisal, Inclusion, Setting aside differences, Courage, not Fear as a ruling principle, and electing people in fair elections that will do theRIGHT THING.Although the local campaign season is just warming up, some of the people supporting candidates, and some of the candidates are catering to the basest instincts of Hollywood citizens. The Pledge of Allegiance stuff is being trodden in the mud of parochial politics. In the course of fortnight Ihave personally heard attacks against candidates that have included thefollowing:
Racism Ageism Marital StatusSexual Orientation It will be payback time when we get inReligious Attacks The City will Burn DownWest Hollywood should be expelled from HollywoodNot speaking Proper English Winner take allEnemy List Opposition Research
As we devolve from City State to Peyton Place during this silly seasonuntil February or March, how can we cultivate that list of American virtues

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