I have frequently written here about the need to bring civility back to our political discourse. A few weeks ago, my essay was requesting that we all write our congressional representatives to ask them to work towards changing the nature of our political interactions to one that seeks solutions and honors everyone (See How Can We Bring Our Political Leaders Together to Solve Our Problems?).
I did write all 3 of my congressional reps with the text I offered us all to use. Interestingly, I have received 2 replies….of those, one was a form letter that based on its content told me that he (or his staffer) did not read my note or if they did, they did not have a “stock” reply to requests asking Congress to “play nicely”. Maybe if more of us asked them to do so, they could whip out a standard reply that talks about how they are reaching out and trying to break down partisan barriers! The other reply I received showed me that they did take the time to read my note and he actually gave me a thoughtful reply. I think I stumped my third representative!
Recently, some individuals who are obviously as bothered by the nature of the political discussion have started a group called the “Coffee Party Movement”. The name was in response to the Tea Party folks…..the group had its genesis on Facebook. Here is their mission statement:
- The Coffee Party Movement gives voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government. We recognize that the federal government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans. As voters and grassroots volunteers, we will support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.
They have received a fair amount of media play, which is a good thing! I would suggest that you check them out and if they resinate with you, to became a fan on Facebook or sign up on their web page. They also have a petition for which you can sign on. Here is their web site:
Whatever we can do to get Washington to work on solutions to problems and move us to treating everyone with dignity and respect is moving us to a positive future.
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