We, the people, must demand civility from our politicians

Wed, 2017-05-31

by Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer | The Hill 

Politics is often described as a contact sport, but it’s not normally meant literally. But after Wednesday’s incident, in which Montana Republican Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted a reporter asking questions about his campaign for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, we’ve crossed a line in civility. The fact that Gianforte won the election — which some attribute to the fact that there was heavy early voting in the state — raises a serious question as to where we, the people, are willing to draw the line on incivility.

If we want to make America great again, let’s return to the values of freedom of the press and a free and open dialogue with our elected officials. We can start by demanding more of our elected officials. Upon election to Congress, elected officials take an oath of office, bearing true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution and swearing to support and defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic.