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Register to Vote

On National Voter Registration Day, I sent the following message to students, staff, and faculty in the College of Arts & Letters. Dear College of Arts & Letters Students, Staff, and Faculty, As we navigate…
Christopher Long
September 22, 2020
Civic LifeThe Long Road

Critical Optimism

My friend and colleague from the New School, Emma Bianchi, forwarded me an essay written by Judith Butler entitled "Uncritical Exuberance?" that cautions us against too enthusiastically identifying with the election of Barack Obama.  Butler…
Christopher Long
November 15, 2008
Civic LifeThe Long Road

Newsday Blog

My brother-in-law is the editor of the sports section of New York Newsday.  He asked for feedback from those of us living in battleground states.  I sent them a picture and a short report, which…
Christopher Long
November 4, 2008
Civic LifeThe Long Road

"That One"?

Last night's presidential debate was, on the whole, quite substantive, offering the public a good sense of the fundamental differences between McCain and Obama on issues ranging from health care to foreign policy.  However, the…
Christopher Long
October 8, 2008
Civic LifeThe Long Road

The Issues

In a striking comment earlier this month, Rick Davis, John McCain's campaign manager, insisted: "This election is not about issues.  This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."…
Christopher Long
September 25, 2008
Civic LifeThe Long Road

President 2.0

If Barack Obama wins in November, it will surely be historic, but not only because he would be the first African American president.  He would also be the first President elected based on an organizing…
Christopher Long
September 18, 2008
Civic LifeThe Long Road

Dream Ticket

Over the past few weeks I have been thinking that Obama might just pick Hillary Clinton as VP.  I know the media is saying that an Obama-Clinton ticket is unlikely, but still, consider this:Who is…
Christopher Long
August 16, 2008
Civic LifeThe Long Road

Our Turn

OK, Pennsylvania readers, it is now our turn to weigh in on the Democratic nominating process.  I hope tomorrow will put an end to the long primary season with a decisive victory for Obama.  The…
Christopher Long
April 21, 2008
Civic LifeThe Long Road

Obama in PA

As many people must have heard, Barack Obama stopped in State College last Sunday on his six day tour of Pennsylvania.  The girls and I were there with 22,000 other people for the largest political…
Christopher Long
April 4, 2008
Civic LifeThe Long Road

PSU for Obama

A number of graduate students, faculty and Penn State staff have started a Google Group to spread the word about Obama and generate excitement about his campaign. It seems now that Pennsylvania will finally have…
Christopher Long
March 6, 2008
Civic LifeThe Long Road

Preemptive Dialogue

I have recently been struck by, and stuck between, two critiques of Obama's foreign policy approach.  The first, articulated here in Kristin Rawl's thoughtful response to my last post on Style with Substance, argues that…
Christopher Long
February 15, 2008
Civic LifeThe Long Road

Yes We Can

There is really only one message this week: Yes We Can.Will.i.am, who says he is not big on politics, was nevertheless moved after New Hampshire to write and produce this song based on the speech…
Christopher Long
February 3, 2008
Civic LifeThe Long Road

Toward a Mature Politics

In his famous essay, What is Enlightenment?, Immanuel Kant writes: Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-incurred immaturity.  Immaturity is the inability to use one's own understanding without the guidance of another.Kant, Immanuel. “An Answer…
Christopher Long
January 25, 2008
Civic LifeThe Long Road

Save Our Schools (SOS)

The write-in campaign of James Leous and Robert Hendrickson have produced three short, funny YouTube advertisements that highlight some of the differences between their positions and those of the State College Vision slate of candidates.…
Christopher Long
October 29, 2007
Civic LifeThe Long Road

Congress in Fear

Last week I wondered whether Congress would have the courage to pursue the question of impeachment. This week we received the unequivocal answer: no. In fact, not only will the Congress not pursue the national…
Christopher Long
August 8, 2007
Civic LifeThe Long Road

A "National Inquest"

In the Federalist Papers #65, Alexander Hamilton articulates the "true spirit" of the institution of impeachment written into the constitution. Article II, section 4 of the United States Constitution, puts the question of impeachment in…
Christopher Long
August 1, 2007