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Republican nominee Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic nominee Sen. Tim Kaine stand after the vice-presidential debate in Farmville, Va., Oct. 4, 2016. Joe Raedle/Pool via AP

A brief history of presidents snubbing their successors – and why the founders favored civility instead

'Mind your manners' isn't just something your mother told you. Manners – and civility – are an essential component of how things get done in government, and the Founding Fathers knew it.
George Washington would have thought wearing a mask was manly. National Portrait Gallery, Gilbert Stuart portrait/A. Papolu, illustration

George Washington would have so worn a mask

A biographer of George Washington says that the father of the country would have no problem wearing the kind of protective gear that President Trump shuns.
La Vérité, le temps et l'Histoire, par Francisco de Goya. Wikipédia

Ce que la post-vérité peut nous apprendre

La vérité n’est nullement garantie et elle exige un apprentissage technique, ainsi qu’une forte dose de bonne volonté et parfois même une bonne part de courage personnel.


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