Sup fam. We’re not only going to start highlighting politicians who call for a more respectful and reasonable way to treat those they disagree with, but we are going to start incentivizing our Troublemakers to donate to politicians on both sides who call for adventurous civility.
We expect people to hate on us. We expect people to point out all the hypocritical things those same politicians who are calling for civility have done to increase toxic partisanship. Respect on that. However…all the research proves that positive reinforcement is more effective than negative. So if we reward the good behavior, it will happen more. Sounds good to us.
POST PARTISAN HIGHLIGHT
Chris Cillizza wrote for The Washington Post:
“Rubio’s speech was a plea for civility in the Senate, a warning that if civilized debate dies in the Senate, it will die in the broader society too. It’s an important address — and one well worth spending eight minutes of your life listening to.
A few lines that really stood out to me:
* “I don’t know of a civilization in the history of the world that’s been able to solve its problems when half the people in a country absolutely hate the other half of the people in that country.”
* “We are becoming a society incapable of having debate anymore.”
* “We are reaching a point in this republic where we are not going to be able to solve the simplest of issues because everyone is putting themselves in a corner where everyone hates everybody.”
* “What’s at stake here tonight … is not simply some rule but the ability of the most important nation on earth to debate in a productive and respectful way the pressing issues before it.”