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Can We Reinstate Civility in Politics?

Can We Reinstate Civility in Politics?

On March 30, the Washington Post reported that when U.S. Speaker Boehner was talking to House Republicans about the budget showdown, he said they were going to “kick their ass” (referring to Democrats). Is this reasonable political behavior?

Don’t get me wrong, the left is just as guilty of many ridiculous tactics and volatile speech in order to incite fear, support, etc. But where is this kind of political debate leading the U.S.? The government has become so polarized that the middle (where much of America lies) is being completely overshadowed. This all-or-nothing strategy on both sides of the spectrum is utterly useless, and terribly frustrating for most of us who just want to see that our needs are taken care of.

So that’s where organizations like AmericaSpeaks come in. AmericaSpeaks‘ mission is to reinvigorate American Democracy by engaging citizens in the public decision-making that most impacts their lives.

And how do they plan to do that? Well, we can start with the internet. We’re all here anyway, we may as well get something done. AmericaSpeaks is starting an online discussion with people of all different political backgrounds in order to reinstate reasonable debate, remove demonization, ego and soundbites as the primary tactics, and engage people in respectful debate.

Time will tell whether politicians will ever truly represent what is best for this country. But now, we at least have the chance to tell them that’s what we want. Want to join? Add your name to the movement to help heal the political debate.

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3:46PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

obviously not, looking back at the last year, things must change, thank you for sharing.

7:57AM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

We can't get them to tell the truth much less ask them to be civil.

4:27AM PDT on Apr 26, 2011

Civility? Let's start at home and teach our children dignity, courtesy, and respect. Leave your anger and filthy language out the classroom door and embrace tolerance.

12:25PM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

What do we expect from our politicians, after all, there us no civilty on this Care2 site! And Jack S, my kids grew up to follow whatever politics they chose for themselves, one a liberal, the other a conservative.

5:44PM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you."

You cannot currently send a star to Paul B because you have done so within the last week.

5:36PM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Why even try when you have people like Dennis Warren here?

7:32AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

What I see is that so many Americans-instead of looking at problems in a common sense way and searching for ways to solve them-have devolved into ideological tribes with a rigid ideology focused around blindly defending their ideology and rabidly attacking the other tribe. Each thinks that their side is so damn smart and righteous and the other side is so so misguided and evil.

As an independent looking at both the left and right I think that there are good, well intentioned people on both sides (the leaders are often a lot less decent) who have been brainwashed that their tribe is all good and the other tribe is all bad.

Instead of focusing on the real problems of corruption and abuse of power, we exhaust ourselves by attacking the other. The corrupt power manipulators must be delighted to see the American people in trench warfare attacking each other to a standstill, instead of fighting corruption and looking for real solutions to problems.

This article in on civility and yet commentator after commentator uses the work teabagger which is a vulgar insulting word only designed to express hatred of the other. All it does in inflame the other side. Have any of you ever gotten out of your ideological cocoon and thought that maybe the Tea Party might have something good about it; that maybe some Tea Partiers are actally decent people who want to help the country. Sites like Care2 become places where tribalists can congregate.

9:31PM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

Pretty difficult as most campaign advertising is mudslinging as opposed to explaining what the candidate intends to accomplish. And the Republicans are expert mudslingers. They can't govern, but they sure can hurl insults.

5:49PM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

Look where civility get Obama. He bends over backwards to compromise with the Republicans to get bills psssed and they either oppose him on all fronts or gut portions that would be good for the people but not the corporations.

When I see the Republicans take a stand for the
people and not the special interests that financed their elections I will reevaluate my position on "civility." Don't hold your breath folks. :-)

4:07PM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

To answer the question not as long as we elect the fools we do.

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