Luckily we’re not left to guess about how our Founding Fathers might have advised us on civility. George Washington left us “110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation,” including the etiquette of where to put your feet when there is meat in the fire. Read all the rules here.
“I came here today because I believe that American democracy is in grave danger. It is no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse. I know that I am not the only one who feels that something has gone basically and badly wrong…” Read entire address here.
“…to even discuss [challenging issues] requires some common ground…religious people acting in the name of Christ have championed the wedge issues that divide us, that cut the common ground out from under us, and make even discussing important questions so difficult.” Read the entire address here.
“National resolve and unity of purpose are essential for marshalling the best talent, regardless of party affiliation, and are the elements required to develop a strategic consensus on the way forward.” Read the entire declaration here.