Political Civility

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I've been seriously concerned about the disintegration of civility in America's political discourse.

I would love to engage in enlightening discussion and debate, but find often that such discourse often ends in partisan namecalling and the accusation that if you aren't with us you're against us (we can thank the current administration, of course, for stoking that particularly nasty approach).

What can we do to restore a sense of civility in politics in this country?
 
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I'll partake in a political debate with you. I enjoy following politics and find the topic extremely entertaining. Furthermore, when the goal is clarity and not agreement vs disagreement, the discourse is much more effective.

So, where to start?
 
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>What can we do to restore a sense of civility in politics in this country?<

Hello David-
I think the right place to begin would be to admit that the political landscape has been strewn with litter from both sides of the fence.
I attended college in the decade that at the time was lovingly (and prematurely) labeled "The Decade of Greed". The prime target for personal vitriol in those years was President Reagan. I remember all to well the hysterical accusations of stupidity, incompetence, and moral bankruptcy leveled at Reagan.
I believe this modern-era recklessness has its genesis in the personal contempt many on the left felt for Reagan - it always starts at the top (trickle down effect :) ). Richard Nixon was despised, but no one would ever have accuse him of being intellectually vapid.
I sincerely believe the trend to approaching national politics from the personal became unstoppable with one high profile, irresponsible moment during the vice-presidential debate of 1988, when Democratic V.P. hopeful Senator Loyd Bentsen insulted the personal character of his challenger, soon to be V.P. Dan Quayle. We all remember the moment and the line ("You Senator are no Jack Kennedy"), but if we could go back and instead of laughing it up express the appropriate reaction (the very one Quayle responded with) we might undo most of the ridiculous and unnecessary political wreckage suffered by President Clinton at the hands of conservatives, right on up to the near deafening, constant assault on the personal, intellectual, and moral character of our current president.

My answer to your question is that in order to restore civility to our national dialog we will have to resist the lure of responding emotively to our national leaders, and there is no better place to start than at the top, and no better time than right now.


Nice subject David. Thanks

-Cap
 
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Originally posted by davidwh
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I would love to engage in enlightening discussion and debate, but find often that such discourse often ends in partisan namecalling and the accusation that if you aren't with us you're against us (we can thank the current administration, of course, for stoking that particularly nasty approach).[/B]
I would have to say that the name-calling started long, long ago
Put GOD back in the schools, take the liberal professors out of the collages, and in 30 - 40 years the problem will correct itself
LT
 
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Why are people that are for abortion against the death penalty?

For abortion, but against wars?
 
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It's become PC, to be that way.
Schools don't teach people to think, they teach agenda's.
 

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