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.