Commentary

  • On Unity: Democrats and Republicans Unite? What we learned from last week’s Municipal Panel  

    On Unity: Democrats and Republicans Unite? What we learned from last week’s Municipal Panel  

    From Mayor David Holt “Mayors and councilmen in most cities know that we get to face all the voters. We don’t have to face a subset of the voters, and it just totally changes the way that we approach the job because we can build a coalition of normal, reasonable… Read More

    Jan. 6, 2022

  • On Unity: Thanksgiving Gatherings

    On Unity: Thanksgiving Gatherings

    Friends and fellow citizens,  As we all set off to gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving, the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy wants to offer words of wisdom on modeling civil conversations with loved ones. We spoke with Vanderbilt University Senior Lecturer and Director of Debate John Koch about… Read More

    Jan. 6, 2022

  • On Unity: 2021 and Beyond

    On Unity: 2021 and Beyond

    From Bill Frist “I was there really, just because of public service. I wanted to serve the country…I wanted to have an impact. Instead of taking care of one patient one-on-one, I knew if I had good policy I could take care of thousands, hundreds of thousands and, ultimately, millions of people if… Read More

    Jan. 5, 2022

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    Coming Together—Unity and How it Rolls

    Unity’s definition is too often inspected under a microscope—or rather a macroscope—of division among differing groups at a grand scale, lacking little attention to the methods by which unity arrives among all groups, such as those characterized by an overlapping interest, belief, healing wound, or relationship. Even more so, all forms of unity—whether it is nations or neighbors—share a common thread of connection which permits for a sustainable agreement. Read More

    Sep. 28, 2021

  • Vanderbilt University

    Unity, a Way of Interaction

    By: Hee Na Cho, Class of 2025 When it comes to unity, the question often asked usually does not concern its definition; rather, many choose to consider the question, “Why are we polarized?” As a freshman with no extensive knowledge on political science, I would have trouble explaining where unity… Read More

    Sep. 28, 2021

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    E Pluribus Unum. “Out of Many, One.”

    By: Brennan Cegelka, Class of 2023  On the day America declared its independence from Great Britain, the Continental Congress tasked three of our most esteemed Founding Fathers – Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, with creating the first seal of the United States. While the seal they proposed ultimately… Read More

    Sep. 28, 2021

  • Vanderbilt University

    A Unity of Goodwill

    By: Daniel Baisier, Class of 2022 Unity: it seemed to be the Biden campaign’s favorite word. Since January, it has also become a subject of mockery by Biden’s critics. When Congress passed a $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus bill along party lines and when Biden took jabs at Republican-backed changes to… Read More

    Sep. 28, 2021