“We need some civility,” Wisconsin resident George Semrad recently told his congressman, Republican James Sensenbrenner, at a town hall meeting in the small town of Sussex. “We need people to solve (the public’s) problems and….stand up for us.”
Indeed, civility is exactly what is necessary in the American political realm, perhaps now more than at any other time in modern history. I wrote about this at length in my new book The American Thinker: Realistic Solutions That We Need Now to Revitalize the American Dream, which is a compilation of many of the articles I have written here at Blogcritics containing centrist ideas for building a saner, more sustainable political environment, as well as crafting effective public policy measures relating to fiscal, social, and national security matters.
One of the biggest impetuses for me to write the book was that painfully few in our nation’s punditocracy or public offices seem to care about actually searching for legitimate fixes to the multitude of problems which are plaguing her, the responsibility for which cannot be pinned on either the left or the right alone. All anyone seems to want these days is a shouting match — so long as their side gets the final word. This has crippled us socially and, in many ways, economically as no progress can be made while the lions share of attention is given to marginal issues designed to divide and conquer the electorate and endless volleys of hyper-partisan sniping.
The biggest question currently facing the United States as a whole is not whether we can make it through this period of prolonged fiscal malaise. No, eventually — so long as nothing catastrophic occurs — the economy will rebound as it has in the past. It is this; can we set aside our philosophical differences to do what is right? Why is it considered to be a contemporary curse for a bipartisan group of legislators to conspire in creating a piece of legislation which will prove to be beneficial for their respective constituents? Why do so many rely on obscene entertainers masquerading as legitimate commentators as their daily news sources? Why is compromise thought of as a dirty word or something which is the last refuge of the weak?
While the diatribe most certainly has been heated to a great degree during years past, I cannot recall a period which even comes close to rivaling the levels of sheer insanity which have been put forth since the conclusion of the 2008 presidential election. Perhaps if many were to take an objective look at our present sociopolitical situation and notice that things have become considerably worse across the fruited plains as the rhetoric and absolutism have increased, then they would understand what a far too small number already do; that the path to prosperity can only be travelled on when both sides are walking down it in a calm, cool, and collected manner — not trying to push each other off in a mad dash to reach what Ronald Reagan once described as the shining city on a hill.
For all of our sakes, I hope that Mr. Semrad’s call does not go unanswered.Powered by Sidelines