Civility and Self-Governing

This week’s radio commentary:

Civility—it’s the new political buzzword.  A word frequently used and little practiced these days.

We heard a great deal about civility in early January of this year when Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was tragically shot at an open-air town-hall meeting.  Many said the shooting happened because of heated political rhetoric—uncivil, if you will, rhetoric. Politicians, citizens, and the media called for a return to civility in politics.  And then, Madison happened.

In the wake of the Capitol Chaos and in the run-up to the April 5 elections and the ongoing recall efforts of 16 state senators, civility seems to have been just a fleeting notion, worth little and practiced less.

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