Today I stumbled across a column in The Washington Post I found particularly interesting. Author Michael Gerson argues,
I found this argument, while not new, very insightful. In the midst of the ongoing health care debate and economic turmoil, it’s an important thought to keep in mind. Resorting to extreme actions often causes one to lose sight of the actual issues at hand. Not only are the issues lost in such a situation, Gerson further argues this is a sign of democratic decline.
Is there any historical context for Gerson’s claims? What events come to your mind?
It’s a worthy notion to encourage civility in politics. However, theparty in the majority will use civility as a political tool to deflectcriticism and avoid debate which also serves little purpose. Unfortunately, both sides of the aisle have a poor track record in this area and it seems that a change in culture and attitude is the only way to bring about true civility in politics, an admittedly difficult change to manage.