As children, we might have been taught the Golden Rule — treat others as you would like to be treated — but too many adults seem to have forgotten that lesson.
From the president of the United States on down, name-calling has become mainstream and social media have people behaving in markedly antisocial fashion. It’s not just rude behavior that should have been corrected in elementary school; it’s a pervasive us-vs-them mentality as people align with their chosen tribes and view all others with distrust and disgust.
For members of the central Ohio congressional delegation, this growing discord came way too close last year as a gunman shot at Republicans practicing for a congressional charity baseball game, gravely wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. A week later, a Westerville man was charged with making death threats to Upper Arlington Republican Rep. Steve Stivers and his family.
Now to their credit, Stivers and Rep. Joyce Beatty, a Democrat, have announced creation of a new Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus to encourage their colleagues in Washington, D.C., to “promote civility and respect in our political discourse.”
Stivers and Beatty want to take their message of “disagreeing without being disagreeable” to local schools as well as to congressional colleagues. Success, Stivers said, initially would be for members of Congress from every state to join their caucus, but the ultimate goal is to change behavior. Who can’t get behind that?
This editorial was written by the staff of the Columbus Dispatch. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News.
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