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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