Political Civility & Effective Government

In July of 2017, Sen. John McCain gave a landmark speech on the floor of the Senate entreating his colleagues to recapture the spirit of consensus-building that is the lifeblood of a representative democracy. It should be taken as a teachable moment for a Congress headed down a dead-end path of hyper-partisanship and gridlock. The first step towards recapturing that lost common ground, McCain argued, was to reject the incivility and petulance that increasingly dominates our national political discourse.