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Use Your Postelection Anger To Make Philadelphia the Best City Possible

To state the obvious, the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States has stirred a lot of strong feelings.  Since the election the most significant participants in the process –– Secretary Clinton, President-elect Trump and President Obama – have been more gracious to each other than anyone could have expected given the tenor of the campaign.  It appears that the United States will continue its long history of peaceful transitions of power despite the divisions within the country.  That is a good thing. 

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The Folly of Political Segregation

George Washington loathed partisanship. He despised its effects and feared its influence so much that he dedicated an entire section of his 1796 Farewell Address to its evils.  In that address he cautioned that partisanship “opens the door to foreign influence and corruption” and “serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration.” Even worse, partisanship turns us against each other. Washington warned that partisanship must never be allowed to infect our body politic because it “agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another.”

 

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Pulling Back the Curtain on Voting in Philadelphia

In case you haven’t heard, we’ve got an election coming up next week. Tuesday, November 8th to be specific! Whether you’re a super-voter who votes twice a year without exception, or a newbie making your way to the polls for the first time, here are eight important facts about voting in Philadelphia from Philly Set Go board member and elected poll worker, Joe Sirbak.

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