Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hope for "Civil" Politics?

By Pilar Oberwetter

Politics these days seems to be heading towards a dangerous cliff of permanent divisiveness, never to return to the amicable party system that is the underbelly of our democracy. And don't get me wrong--both sides are to blame for the teeth gnashing, name-calling, and practically welter-weight verbal blows that capture the headlines every morning.

With this in mind, I read Nicholas Kristof's column in the New York Times today and followed his link to www.civilpolitics.org. Although the site is clearly a work in progress, and although the movement is new and still growing, I was entirely sold. Please, readers, please-- follow the link, sign the pledge, and bring civility back to political participation and engagement.

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