The Preference of Civility
There is something wonderful about these two quotes: “All politics is local,” in the words of former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil, and, “All politics is personal,” attributed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. These statements articulate the essence of the political process. An issue may be debated and legislated in DC or in Colorado’s Capitol, but it is lived out in our homes and our communities. In our recent national dialogue about health care, many citizens have taken action by showing up at rallies, writing letters, making phone calls, talking with their neighbors and reading the paper to learn more about the issues. This citizen engagement should be acknowledged and celebrated.