1. The Chronicles of the Demagogue: Get Over It

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    November 13, 2016 by Michael

    The night of the election, and the days that followed, were filled with expressions of shocked disbelief and some eloquent, …
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  2. The Chronicles of the Demagogue: Post-Election Emotions

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    November 12, 2016 by Michael

    It was anguishing for both of us, just as it was for millions more. For months, I’d been reassuring my …
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  3. Context: Is the President Reading My Blog?

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    January 21, 2013 by Michael

    The quick answer to the title of this post is “no,” not only because my best readership day has drawn …
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  4. Ethics: Emotional Appeals, Amaris, and America’s Gun Debate

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    January 17, 2013 by Michael

    I mentioned in my first post that this blog omits emotion from the classical Greek triumvirate of rhetoric—the other two …
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  5. Ethics: False Analogies and Voter I.D. Law

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    November 14, 2012 by Michael

    One element of reasonable (and ethical) argumentation is being logical. Defining logic can be challenging—I’ll save that explanation for another …
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  6. Ethics: An Ethical Rant?

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    November 7, 2012 by Michael

    Lex Williford—my MFA thesis adviser, good friend and fellow writer—sent the self-described diatribe below to the El Paso Times last …
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  7. Context: Debate factcheck

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    October 23, 2012 by Michael

    As always happens in Presidential campaigns, both candidates in last night’s debate struggled to reshape the other’s image in front …
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