Restoring Civility — One Step at a Time

Thu, 2017-06-29

Medium | Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer 

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has served the State of Utah and our nation in the US Senate for over forty years. He has worked with Democrats and Republicans. He has chaired the powerful Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees. He even finds time to write beautiful music.

His piece in Time Magazine this week “I Am Re-Committing to Civility” should be required reading for all Americans — including his colleagues. His thesis is that we have lost something fundamental to our culture and that foundation is civility. He notes that “Civility is the indispensable political norm. It is the public virtue that has greased the wheels of our democracy since its inception.”

He spells out clearly what many of us feel “Our nation cannot continue on its current path. Either we remain passive observers to the problem, or we endeavor to act, to make the necessary changes — in ourselves, in our families and in our communities — that will lead to a more civil, prosperous society.”