Civility in the Political Arena – is it too much to ask for?


MISSOURI, January 25, 2014 –It is obvious that civility and cooperation has disappeared in our government and politics.

Politicians now try to play “gotcha politics” by stating that their opponent is guilty of some misdeed. If you notice this is what is in the news today. The more outrageous a statement, the more attention is given by the news media which helps stoke the lack of civility fire in our government arena.

How many times do you see one side quote the other side incorrectly, not telling the whole story which leads to a distortion of the truth.

Let’s look at the congressional nomination process for the appointment of judges to the bench which has been totally politicized. Evidenced by the sometimes destroying a candidates reputation during a confirmation process that was meant to determine the qualifications of the candidate, not his or hers party affiliation. This goes for both party’s democrats and republicans-it’s a shame.

The old cycle of politics has disappeared. Years gone by there was a campaign and then there was a period of governing. Today there is one cycle, which is campaigning all the time. From the moment of being elected the start up of preparing for the next election begins. Now what is the result of this scenario? It seems there is hardly any by partisan cooperation in developing and implementing legislation for the good of the country. It then appears that a lot of these politicians are more interested in their political careers rather than their constituents, which results in the lack of interest for the country.

There are many good people who would not consider government service because they’re unwilling to subject themselves to the personal humiliation that the political process entails.

It has become apparent that the American people are sick and tired of the “gotcha politics” that is a result of the lack of civility. The American electorate would respond well to leaders who have a positive approach and who would keep their promises. Just think how refreshing this would be. Anyone who took this approach would become very successful and for a change for politicians, they would really feel good about themselves. This positive approach would become infectious.

It is mandatory that there must be healthy partisanship with debate over content and to disagree but with civility. We have a representative democracy and therefore our representatives must work together to get things accomplished. Civility is very important- let us not forget, as it must be one of the attributes for our political representatives.

How is this problem resolved? It starts with leadership. Leaders of all political parties must provide leadership to assure their parties comply with an attitude of change towards civility. A change by political advisers-especially those that appear to be the ones who steer the course of a politicians career – to introduce civility and create the “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” type of individual.

The American people are very perceptive and intelligent. This being said, wouldn’t it be refreshing to see? And maybe just maybe when you ask a youngster what they want to be when he or she grows up they again may say, “I want to be President”.

However, that’s from a time and place I am from-

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  • One of the last wise elected officials I had the privilege to know often said, “Good people can disagree without being disagreeable.” Sadly he died far too early of cancer. I still miss him and I don’t think we’ll see his like for a long time.