Civility in Discourse

There is an unfortunate trend in politics today. The increasing use of personal attacks, name-calling and disrespect for people expressing differing views. People are passionate about their views. I am as well. However, that does not justify the use of derogatory language. First and foremost, it is not helpful. It does not get people closer to reaching fruitful discussions. Our fellow citizens are our neighbors and our friends. Including the ones who may think differently than us.

Our country was founded on the belief that everyone has the right to an opinion, to express it, and to their full set of rights, even in the minority opinion. That, in no way, changes the steadfastness of belief in our conservative ways of life.

I commit to respecting people’s opinions and beliefs, having discussions and treating everyone with dignity and respect. I think Wyoming people expect that. We love to say that Wyoming is a small town with a long Main Street. I believe in keeping that fellowship alive.

As Thomas Jefferson, one of the greatest Americans, said: “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”