Civility in politics is worthy legacy to leave for our children

Civility in politics is worthy legacy to leave for our children


Civility in politics is worthy legacy to leave for our children

This fall, I had the opportunity to be a guest lecturer in an advanced communication course. The topic of the class was incorporating kindness into our political discourse. Needless to say, after running a political campaign and completing my first year as state representative, I had much to say about the topic.

The class was engaged, and we had a great conversation, but there was one question that, quite frankly, took me by surprise. The question was, “do your Democratic constituents view it as a weakness when you work with Republican lawmakers to pass legislation?” My response was a quick “No, I think my constituents crave collaboration among lawmakers.”

Upon leaving the class, I continued to ponder the question. What legacy are we leaving our next generation of leaders if we view collaboration as a weakness and then continue to normalize negative, divisive political rhetoric? The growing polarization of our politics has left us with multiple generations of current and future voters who have not had the opportunity to observe respectful debate amongst political opponents in order to achieve compromise. If we want any chance of effectively solving the critical challenges facing our communities, state, and nation, it is imperative we demonstrate that civility, collaboration, and compromise are strengths rather than weaknesses.

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