We have created a climate that rewards life on the extremes of the political spectrum.
Cable TV and the Internet favor the starkest of opinions, preferably compressed into a 12-second sound bite. Twitter allows 140 characters at a time. More than a bumper sticker — but not by much.
Greek choruses on left and right shout down those who stray into enemy territory. MoveOn.org can’t stand Blue Dog Democrats. Rush Limbaugh & Co. have redefined Republicanism into something that Ronald Reagan might not even recognize.
For a decade and more, the lack of applause coming from the middle ground, where deals happen, has been deafening — a situation that Georgia Tech wants to change.
This week, Tech bestowed on former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn its first Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage. The prize — which comes