Civility in Society – The Enduring Struggle of Our Democracy (The Business Gazette)

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“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.” John Adams, letter to Jonathan Jackson, October 2, 1789.

Much can be said of the manner by which each of the political party’s campaigns is being waged. The use of the word “wage” is not accidental, as the word is often attributed to the manner by which divergent factions engage in war or in a serious fight to achieve an end. In the course of electing our representatives does our Democracy engage in a form of war? Most certainly, a serious fight! But, is the process new and is it necessary to achieve the end?

This article explores the struggle between the need for reasonable discourse in a political debate and the ongoing struggle of our polarized political process that threatens to implode our democracy.

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