Nemeth Law takes on civility in the workplace at Raising the Bar forum on October 23

Detroit-–-October 7, 2019-–-Raising the Bar, an educational series increasing employer awareness of current issues in employment and labor law and offered by Detroit-based Nemeth Law, P.C., returns on Wednesday, October 23, with the timely topic of Mobilizing Civility: Creating A Culture of Respect. The session will address best practices for employers to generate an organizational culture where employee interaction is civil and respectful.

According to Nemeth Law partner Terry Bonnette, not all workplace discussions regarding the upcoming election are going to be polite exchanges of political philosophy and cooperative discourse. Multiple studies have concluded that the 2016 election changed the way people see their coworkers and their workplaces. Bonnette, who helps train companies with civility issues and who appeared on One Detroit as part of the discussion regarding the Detroit Chamber Civility Project, cites various surveys that have found:
• 27% of workers believe the work environment has become more tense because of political dialogue
• 25% of workers admit they actively avoid certain coworkers with whom they have political differences
• 33% of workers believe that politics is a common distraction in the work environment
• 46% of workers believe their workplace was negatively impacted by the 2016 election

“Incivility has become a cost of doing business,” Bonnette said. “Election cycles don’t necessarily create the problem. Generational differences, the effect of technology on how we communicate, lack of self-awareness, and discomfort with difference are really the factors feeding into real or perceived incivility.”

Topics that will be addressed in the session include:

• What is workplace civility and why is it important?
• What are potential causes /sources of incivility?
• How to craft policies that promote civility without infringing on any protected rights
• Different approaches to civility training and the benefits of each
• Implementing training and protocols that work

Raising the Bar will be held on Wednesday, October 23, at the Management Education Center, 811 West Square Lake Road, Troy, 48098. Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. The program runs from 9 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. with one 15-minute break. The cost is $75 per person and pre-registration is requested. To register, e-mail Pamela Perkowski at pperkowski@nemethlawpc.com or call 313.567.5921.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

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One Detroit – Detroit Civility Project

May 5, 2019

One Detroit – Detroit Public Television

DETROIT CIVILITY PROJECT: A One Detroit report looks at Nolan and Stephen’s Detroit Civility Project, launched with the Detroit Regional Chamber at its 2019 Detroit Policy Conference. The team talks about the project’s goal of getting people who disagree to sit down together and try to understand each other.

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John Kasich set to deliver keynote address at Mackinac conference

March 21, 2019

The Detroit News

Beth LeBlanc 

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican critic of President Donald Trump, is set to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference and talk about the “current national political climate,” the Detroit Regional Chamber said Thursday.

The chamber-sponsored conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has been promoting the theme of “restoring civility in American politics” during the past few years.

Trump, who is scheduled to hold a campaign rally next Thursday in Grand Rapids, is known for his brashness and attacks on political opponents.

Kasich is scheduled to speak May 30 at the annual Mackinac conference, which is traditionally attended by business professionals, Michigan and national lawmakers, as well as entrepreneurs during the last week of May.

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Detroit Regional Chamber Wins Communications Excellence Award

DETROIT, July 5, 2018 — The Detroit Regional Chamber has been named an “Award of Excellence” winner in the Communications Excellence awards program presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). ACCE, an Alexandria, Va.-based association, represents more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce, around the world.

ACCE’s annual Awards for Communications Excellence, sponsored by Golden Openings, Inc., is designed to showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce and similar organizations. Several thousand award entries have been submitted since the launch of the organization’s Awards for Communications Excellence, which is now in its thirty-fourth year.

The Detroit Regional Chamber received an Award of Excellence for its Civility Campaign, which included the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference pillar of “restoring civility in American politics;” the Detroiter Magazine and eDetroiter “Champions of Civility;” and the 2018 Detroit Policy Conference “Creating a Culture of Civility.”

A panel of communications and marketing professionals from five U.S.-based chambers of commerce evaluated entries, which were organized by category — based on the chamber’s annual budget — and entry type: advertising and marketing, campaigns, digital and publications. With more than 150 entries submitted in 2018, judges recognized 13 entries as Grand Award winners and 41 as Award of Excellence winners. Three Best in Show awards will be announced July 18 at the ACCE Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.

About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, founded in 1914, serves more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce or similar organizations, around the world. ACCE’s members come from nearly each of the largest 100 metropolitan regions in the United States. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the mission of ACCE is to support chamber professionals so they can lead their communities. Learn more about us by visiting www.ACCE.org.

About the award sponsor, Golden Openings, Inc.

Golden Openings, Inc., sponsor of the Awards for Communications Excellence, is a one-of-a kind business that offers a wide variety of products and services for grand opening, ribbon cutting, ground breaking and key to the city needs. The company has been in business over 17 years and has coordinated over 10,000 events and worked with over 8,000 chambers.  Golden Openings’ many awards include the 2017 U.S. Chamber of Commerce ‘Dream Big’ Small Business of the Year and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2017 ‘Community Champion’ award.  For more information, visit www.goldenopenings.com.

Civility 101: Michigan Political Leadership Program Puts Politeness Back Into Politics

By Dawson Bell

Page 26

The original inspiration for the Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) at Michigan State University (MSU) came from Robert Mitchell, an official with former Gov. Jim Blanchard’s administration, who was deeply concerned about increasing partisanship in the legislative process.

During his 22 years of public service, Mitchell felt candidates should be trained on how to properly serve in government before running for office. The answer was to create a program so applicants could develop cross-party relationships, hone their skills for getting elected, and learn how to effectively govern in a bipartisan spirit. MPLP’s founders feared doing nothing would lead the state down a darker path.

Today, as the constantly changing cast of characters in Lansing seems to become more rancorously partisan, state politics are at a low ebb of ugliness.

The program aims to relieve — at least on a limited scale — some of the rancor. On that score, it appears to be working. Graduates (there have been more than 600) attest to the value of having spent monthly weekends with classmates of very different backgrounds and political proclivities.

Kenneth Cockrel Jr., an MPLP alum and 16- year Detroit city councilman and interim mayor who now heads Habitat for Humanity Detroit, calls his experience “invaluable.” The lifelong Democrat said that is due in part because of his interaction with colleagues he otherwise would have never met. More than 20 years on, Cockrel said he counts MPLP classmates, such as former Republican House Speaker Craig DeRoche and Aaron Payment, the elected chair of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, as good friends.

Anne Mervenne, the Republican co-director of MPLP, said she regularly hears about — and derives deep satisfaction from — former MPLP participants who are working with each other to solve problems.

“Personal relationships translate into cooperation,” she said. “We’re not trying to get people to agree with each other. We’re trying to get them to understand each other.”

U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI 12) has served on the program’s advisory board for more than a decade. She calls the program “more relevant than ever.”

“If you don’t have relationships (with political opponents), it’s easy to demonize them,” she said. “When you have relationships, you learn to listen. And when you listen to each other … you sometimes find solutions.”

Each class of 24 fellows is carefully selected to achieve political, gender, racial

and geographic balance, said MSU trustee Dianne Byrum, a former co-director of MPLP and former Democratic lawmaker.

“It creates opportunities for dialogue. But by itself, it certainly can’t solve the issue of (restoring) civil discourse. It’s no panacea. This program can’t overcome all the other forces (undermining civility,” she said.

There is an “art” to effective legislating, said Mervenne’s Democratic counterpart, Steve Tobocman, a former House majority leader who now serves as director of Global Detroit. MPLP helps master the art, he said, including how to work effectively with political opponents. But much of the climate of vitriol comes not from elected officials, but their constituents, he added, who for various reasons are alienated and disenchanted with the current state of American democracy.

“There are lots of things that can be done,” Tobocman said. “(MPLP) is one, but we didn’t get here overnight, and we’re not going to fix it overnight.”

Dawson Bell is a metro Detroit freelance writer.

Escaping the Echo Chamber: ‘No Easy Answers’ in Dealing with Misinformation and Polarization on Social Media

By Melissa Anders

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News consumers, particularly those on social media, tend to read, share and comment on articles that reinforce their opinions and beliefs, even if the content is not factually accurate. Scholars say these so-called “echo chambers” are leading to increased political polarization as well as misperceptions and disagreements on facts.

When a news outlet makes a claim that many like-minded people repeat over and over again, it can become exaggerated or distorted until most people assume an extreme version of the story is true, said Terri Towner, associate professor of political science at Oakland University.

“The overall effect of an echo chamber is to legitimize false claims in the public’s eyes through the sheer volume of reporting and media references, even if the majority of those reports acknowledge the factual inaccuracy of the original story,” she said.

Social media has caused a shift to a more disintermediated news selection process, which leads consumers to select information that meshes with their beliefs and to form echo chambers, or groups of like-minded individuals, according to a 2016 study in Scientific Reports.

“Their opinions are constantly echoed back to them,” Towner explained. “So, this reinforces their individual belief systems, making them stronger and stronger believers and polarizing us further. Never having your views challenged is terrible for democracy. This creates significant barriers to discourse and debate. If your views are never challenged, you’re never going to question what you know and what you believe.”

Even when people consume news from diverse sources and are exposed to evidence contrary to what they believe, they are seeing it through their own tinted lenses and will not accept information they do not support, according to Kelly Garrett, associate professor of communication at Ohio State University.

Garrett rejects the notion that people are confined to news bubbles and are never exposed to opposing viewpoints, but he agrees that echo chambers exist in the sense that people’s social engagement is limited to sharing and commenting on posts they agree with.

“The solution is less about exposure and more about figuring out how we help people interact with one other in meaningful ways,” he said, emphasizing the important role that individuals can play in promoting a more fact-based, civil discourse online.

When people see someone sharing a post with misinformation, they can help by sharing a respectful comment that explains the issue and provides a link to factual information. The more people who join the dialogue and point out inaccuracies, the better.

“This kind of conversation is more likely to produce belief change than simply putting a fact-checking article in front of someone,” Garrett said. “It’s the interpersonal contact and the repeated contact that tends to be more persuasive.”

Towner stresses the importance of being a savvy news consumer. She talks to students about how to maintain an eclectic news diet and spot whether news is credible or not.

Technology and media industries can help individuals in their efforts, Garrett said.

For example, Google and Facebook are working on making factual information on contentious topics more accessible.

But tech solutions still rely on people to use them, explained Towner, who said she is skeptical that most people would use tools to report fake news on social sites like Facebook.

“We do have to find ways to engage more respectfully, but it has to happen from both sides,” Garrett said. “In  other words, there are no easy answers here.”

Melissa Anders is a former metro Detroiter and freelance writer.

From Adversaries to Allies: Lessons and Warnings from Michigan’s Brief Era of Bipartisan House Control 

By Rick Pluta

Sharp words and stark differences are nothing new in American politics, but in recent years it seems like the anger’s amped up.

There was a period when Michigan politicians were forced to adopt a cooperative spirit. Republicans and Democrats in the state House of Representatives had to give up their quest for dominance and work together on an equal footing.

Voters statewide in 1992 surprised the nation by voting for the Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in 20 years, and by sending an equal number of Republicans and Democrats — 55 and 55 — to the state House.

“We were forced to come together,” said Paul Hillegonds, CEO of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, who served as the Republican co-speaker during the session.

The 1993-94 “shared power” session was very productive, including a landmark overhaul of the state’s school funding system. That period is looked back upon as an idyllic moment in Michigan political history, but it would not last. Still, there are lessons from that time that may be applicable to resolving some of today’s conflicts.

Participants in the “shared power” session say relationships were key to making the arrangement work. The state’s term limits amendment still had not kicked in, so House members typically had long histories of working together in the prior years of Democratic control.

“I think the culture was created because there were relationships,” said Kirk Profit, a Democrat who served as the co-chair of the House tax committee and has remained in Lansing as a lobbyist. “Each committee chair had been there a while and had to become an expert on their issue. The same is true for the minority vice chair, even if they didn’t have the same juice,” Profit added.

Profit said committee chairs and ranking members typically served eight to 10 years before getting a gavel. House members are now limited to six years, so that authority is wielded by a greener generation that does not have the advantage of building that expertise.

The arrangement also occurred before smartphones, text messaging, email and social media.

“I don’t know if shared power would work today given how we communicate,” Hillegonds said.

Daniel Loepp, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, served as chief of staff to the late Curtis Hertel Sr., who was the Democratic co-speaker during the 1993-94 session. Loepp wrote a book about his experience, “Sharing the Balance of Power.” He agrees with Hillegonds.

“It’s a 24/7 news cycle. People are responding in nanoseconds,” he said. “The world has changed so much.”

Loepp said those dynamics do not lend themselves well to solving knotty issues the “shared power” Legislature tackled, such as school funding.

At the time, schools relied on local property taxes for their operating funds. The result was spiraling millage rates, growing disparities between wealthy and poor districts, and widespread voter dissatisfaction.

A political maneuver gone awry resulted in the Legislature and then-Gov. John Engler scrapping the school funding system without a replacement plan in place. A shifting, bipartisan group of state lawmakers took up the task for crafting a replacement. They worked all the way to Christmas Eve of 1993 and the result was Proposal A, adopted the following March by voters. It stabilized property taxes, partially dealt with the funding disparities, and remains a popular example of bipartisan cooperation.

Hillegonds said that effort would have failed if both sides were locked into caucus positions.

“Curtis and I had to let go, and give our caucus members room to problem-solve,” he said.

“If you think about it, it’s amazing that it happened, but everybody was in the mindset of ‘you have to come up with something,’” Loepp said. “I think people back then who were serving had a sense of what a special situation it was. I think human nature puts you on your best behavior.”

It would be difficult to recreate all the conditions that made “shared power” a success. Not only has technology changed, so has Michigan politics. Before “shared power,” it was presumed the state House would be run by a Democratic majority. Since the 1993-94 session, the House majority has shifted five times, with every election now a fierce battle for control.

“Bipartisan compromise becomes problematic for a party that’s seeking to win back power,” said Frances Lee, a University of Maryland political science professor.

Lee studies partisan conflict in Congress and state legislatures, including Michigan. She said Michigan is currently among the most partisan in the country, and the constant battle for control is a contributing factor.

“If a party that’s not controlling Congress, or any legislature, wants to win back power, it needs to make an argument to do so,” she said. “It needs to say that the people in power are not doing a good job. Well, if you work productively with the opposing party … that’s very problematic for making the argument that they’re doing a bad job.”

But Loepp and Hillegonds say there are lessons from the “shared power” session that can be applied today, both inside and outside the House Chamber.

“Quit sending emails and texts and go talk to somebody,” Loepp said. “Not that emails and texts aren’t useful. They are. But, especially on sophisticated, complicated things, it helps to cut through the clouds.”

Hillegonds said in the era of term limits, leaders need to include relationship-building that crosses party lines into their planning.

“Any reform idea should be coupled with the question, ‘Does it build relationships or not?’” he said.

And he adds that lawmakers should slow down and get to know one another before they start making policy.

“I would tell committee chairs, ‘Don’t move any bills for three months. Go on the road with your committee. Build relationships and and learn,'” Hillegonds said.

Rick Pluta is the state capitol bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network.

Sen. Orrin Hatch: I Am Re-Committing to Civility

Restoring civility in American politics was one of the three pillars of the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference. This pillar encouraged business and civic leaders to shape public discourse to restore the art of compromise for progress in today’s polarized political environment. The effort didn’t end at the Conference. As a To-Do list item, the Detroit Regional Chamber will continue to encourage civility in the Detroit region. This article, originally published via news outlets and other websites, is an example of others in the community joining the movement to promote civility.   

From Time Magazine

By Sen. Orrin Hatch

June 28, 2017

An active shooter recently attempted to assassinate Republican members of Congress at an early morning baseball practice in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Days earlier, a man spewing anti-Muslim hate speech fatally stabbed two individuals on public transport in Portland, Oregon. The month before, protesters came to fisticuffs at dueling political rallies in Berkeley, California.

Events such as these add to the growing sense that something has broken in our politics. Something that once moderated our partisan feelings and bridled our baser instincts has gone missing in an era of unprecedented polarization. Something fundamental to our civic culture has been lost amid the chaos and disruption of the Information Age.

The question is, What has been lost?

In a word: civility.

Civility is the indispensable political norm. It is the public virtue that has greased the wheels of our democracy since its inception. Although nowhere mandated in our Constitution, civility is no less essential to the proper functioning of our government than any amendment, court ruling or act of Congress. Without it, little separates us from the cruelty and chaos of rule by force.

For decades, civility has acted as the levee protecting our society from its own worst impulses. But that levee now shows signs of strain as political passions spill over into open violence.

In the wake of the attack on members of Congress, I have reflected at length on the circumstances that led us to this point. While it may be difficult to trace the erosion of civility to any single factor, one thing is certain: Our nation cannot continue on its current path. Either we remain passive observers to the problem, or we endeavor to act, to make the necessary changes — in ourselves, in our families and in our communities — that will lead to a more civil, prosperous society.


MORE: Civility in American politics is part of the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List. Learn more about the list and see the other to-dos here.


Restoring civility to the public square won’t happen overnight — but it must happen.

The first step is to speak responsibly.

Our words have consequences, and in an age of retweets, viral videos and shareable content, those words often echo well beyond their intended audience and context. It’s incumbent on all of us, then — from the President to Congress on down — to be responsible for our speech.

I will be the first to admit to saying things over the course of my public service that I later came to regret. In the heat of an argument, it’s easy to indulge in irresponsible rhetoric. But we must avoid this temptation. Whether in town halls, casual conversations with neighbors or posts on social media, we must likewise refrain from dehumanizing, demeaning or unfairly disparaging the other side. And we must resist the impulse to frame every tiny policy disagreement as a zero-sum struggle for the soul of the country. We must restore sense, decency and proportion to our political speech.

The second step is practicing media mindfulness.

Just as the food we eat affects the body, the information we consume affects the mind. The daily consumption of media that presents only one political viewpoint — whether conservative or liberal — cocoons the mind in a safely sealed ideological echo chamber. An imbalanced media diet shrinks our perception of reality, which in turn limits our capacity for empathy and our ability to engage civilly with others.

To better understand how the other side thinks and feels, we must make a conscious effort to diversify our media intake. This exercise in empathy may not heal decades-old political divisions or usher in a post-partisan age. But it will at least help us break free from party groupthink and be better prepared to engage in civil debate with friends and neighbors.

The next step toward civility is to venture beyond the comfortable confines of our social circles.

Americans today are much less likely to marry, date or even live near people of the opposing party. Increasingly, we sort ourselves by ideology and lifestyle — a phenomenon that only increases polarization over time.

How can we expect to engage politically with members of the opposing party if we don’t even interact socially with one another? Like limiting our media consumption, only associating with those who hold our same values and opinions distorts our perception of the other side. It has an “othering” effect so severe that Republicans and Democrats — freedom-loving men and women who share the same country and many of the same values — increasingly see each other as enemies.

In the spirit of civility, we would all do well to make friends with members of the opposing party. I speak from personal experience.

When I first came to Washington, the culture of Congress was vastly different than it is today. There was a level of respect and congeniality among colleagues that was hard to find anywhere else. Some of my best friends were Democrats. One moment, we would be yelling at each other on the Senate floor; the next, we would be laughing together over family dinner. In those days, Republicans and Democrats locked horns often, but we also loved each other.

I worry that those special relationships have been lost today. In 2017, Republican and Democratic Members of Congress seldom socialize outside of votes and committee hearings. We used to break bread together; our spouses used to plan weekend trips; our children used to attend the same schools. But today, our families barely know each other — if they know each other at all. In the weekly race to return to our home states as soon as possible, we miss out on opportunities to share with one another the more intimate, humanizing parts of our lives. As a result, something vital has been lost. We now struggle to see the common humanity in the other side, and we increasingly treat each other as opponents rather than friends.

I’m grateful for the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who taught me that the bonds of friendship are stronger than any partisan pull. When I first joined the Senate, I thought Teddy would be an adversary. Instead, we became the best of friends.

Teddy and I were a case study in contradictions. He was born into privilege; I was brought up in poverty. He was an East Coast liberal; I was a Reagan conservative. He was a Catholic; I was a Mormon. Yet time and again, we were able to look past our differences to find areas of agreement and forge consensus. Had Teddy and I chosen party loyalty over friendship, we would not have passed some of the most significant bipartisan achievements of modern times — from the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to the Ryan White bill and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

My unlikely friendship with Ted Kennedy is but a small example of what our nation can accomplish if we choose respect and comity over anger and discord. Only by doing so can we look beyond the horizon of our differences to find common ground.

Today, I want to make a personal commitment to exercise greater civility in my day-to-day interactions with fellow Americans; I hope you will join me in doing the same.

Read the original op-ed here.


More on civility in politics:

Column: Let’s improve our civility in discourse

Michael Beschloss: Effective Leaders Embody Guts, Persuasiveness, Sense of History and Civility

Column: Let’s improve our civility in discourse

Restoring civility in American politics was one of the three pillars of the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference. This pillar encouraged business and civic leaders to shape public discourse to restore the art of compromise for progress in today’s polarized political environment. The effort didn’t end at the Conference. As a To-Do list item, the Detroit Regional Chamber will continue to encourage civility in the Detroit region. This article, originally published via news outlets and other websites, is an example of others in the community joining the movement to promote civility.   

From The Detroit News

By Anne Mervenne and Steve Tobocman

June 22, 2017

We are inspired and encouraged that restoring civility in American politics was one of the three pillars at this year’s Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference. Daily, if not hourly, our airwaves and computer news feeds are filled with cringe-worthy words, images and actions. Insulting commentary is reported and repeated. Hurtful words and deeds are liked, promoted and shared.

Yet, we see hope. Since its founding in 1992, the Michigan Political Leadership Program, one of the nation’s only bipartisan training programs which is at home in Michigan State University’s College of Social Science, has recruited, trained and, hopefully, inspired public policy leaders. Each year, MPLP offers 24 MPLP Fellows, from all the political spectrum, the vision, commitment and skills to govern from the grassroots and local office to the state Capitol.

Realistically, it will take more than a single discussion to end hyper-partisanship and restore a sense of civility. We must start by building civil habits early in political careers and encouraging leaders to live and treat others as they would seek to be treated, a kind of political “golden” rule.

As co-directors of MPLP, we offer a hopeful outlook.


MORE: Civility in American politics is part of the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List. Learn more about the list and see the other to-dos here.


We strive for civil conversations in a multipartisan learning environment that takes our MPLP Fellows from hands-on visits to corporate headquarters, to tours of communities they’ve never visited, to the sharing of personal revelations.

We ask fellows from opposing parties to overnight together as part of routine MPLP experiences. We ask them to host events and complete assignments together, regardless of political party.

We know their success stories: MPLP graduates make up 10 percent of the seats in the last three Michigan Legislatures. MPLP ranks include such notables as Aaron Payment, chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Ken Cockrel Jr., former Detroit mayor and city council member.

Civility and bipartisanship start at home — at the local level and in our state Legislature.

Equally notable are hundreds of MPLP Fellows who occupy village, city, county, school and even precinct offices. In our first-ever research of the fates of our MPLP graduates, we have found that MPLP Fellows are twice as likely to run for public office and three times as likely to win as those equally rated applicants who haven’t taken part in the program.

We are truly proud to say that nearly half go on to hold elective or appointed office.

The Detroit News recently asked: “Can Mackinac confab make political civility cool again?” The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Bureau Chief Gerald F. Seib has also asked: “Civil Discourse in Decline: Where Does It End?”

Read the original article here.


More on civility in politics:

Michael Beschloss: Effective Leaders Embody Guts, Persuasiveness, Sense of History and Civility