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Loss of Civility in the Public Discourse

What a shocking display of immaturity? Is this a new form of governance? Is shouting out and interrupting the emerging leadership style? Will behavior which we discourage our children from doing now be allowed with our adults?


This week, President Biden presented his State of Union speech to the assembled joint session of Congress. Before too long, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene jumped to her feet to heckle the President by yelling ‘liar”. I have never seen such level of disrespect in the chambers of government. It seems that we have arrived at a new era. Republican Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders is right in making the distinction between ‘normal and crazy’ in her rebuttal. This is crazy and unacceptable behavior that has no place in our country. It is so crazy that even FOXNEWS.COM reported that the Republican Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy was unsuccessful in his several attempts to shush loudmouth members. McCarty’s pleas that he wanted his caucus to behave, were ignored.


There is a more civilized format and time to express disagreements. What ever happened to meetings held in offices away from the public and from media. I fully agree with FOXNEWS.COM, “…no matter how strongly you feel, let the president finish his speech out of respect for the office. Then you can spend the next 23 hours bashing him.” Something to ponder!

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