Now is not the time to reject civility

Tue, 2018-10-16

Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer | The Hill 

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are so far apart that it is sometimes impossible to think they can agree on anything. But one area where they both seem to agree is the bipartisan rejection of one of the most fundamental features of a functioning democratic republic: civility. This disturbing rejection is actually the last thing we need.

There is no doubt that after the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and final vote, the country is more deeply divided than ever. With the midterms quickly approaching, the alarming new mantra on both sides seems to be an embrace of violence, whether it is former Attorney General Eric Holder declaring that when the other side goes low “we kick them” or Republican nominee Scott Wagner telling his opponent Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf that he would “stomp all over” his face with golf spikes.