This is not meant in any way, mind you, to commingle the affairs of Church and State. God knows there has been too much of that going on for years now.
Regardless of one's political leaning or party affiliation; irrespective of how large a role one thinks our federal government should play in establishing and maintaining social and economic equity; no matter how one feels about the "right and wrong" sides of divisive social issues like Abortion and Gay Rights - unless one is hopelessly blinded by anger, it is plain to see that the politics of nastiness is getting us nowhere, except more deeply divided and dysfunctional.
In order to steady the course of our collective Ship Of State, we need to return to the core principles and ideals of those who fled oppression in Europe, those who founded our country and won the Revolutionary War, those who went on to overcome their own intense internal differences and create the United States Constitution almost two hundred and thirteen years ago.
Their principles were born out of a sense of the Civic - the duties and obligations of citizens belonging to a community. And their ideals took root and ultimately bore fruit in the soil of Civility - politeness that results from observing social conventions.
If you are one of the vast majority of Americans who avoid the political extremes, neither a Tea Party member, nor a Socialist Party member, just someone who is Somewhere In The Middle of the political spectrum, looking to make a better life, looking for our country to keep making steady progress - then you've got to be able to see that the politics of anger, insult and intransigence are holding us all back.
Disagreement and debate have too often and for too long deteriorated into political paralysis.
It's time to demand the resurrection of a more Civic & Civil brand of American political discourse.
To bring this issue to life, take a look at the exclusive new video below, a few quick but memorable minutes of gripping insight from the eminent educator, historian, author and media commentator, Dr. Robert P. Watson, Coordinator Of American Studies at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.