Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Senator Coburn encourages more civility

I don't usually say a lot on My Bossier about national politics, but I thought that this deserved some attention.
TPM Muckraker Talking Points has an article about Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, who is generally considered to be one of the most conservative Republicans in the Senate. Senator Coburn has often been demonized by the left.
It seems that Senator Coburn last week encouraged people at a Town Hall meeting in Oklahoma City to take a more balanced and civil approach to politics.
When he mentioned Nancy Pelosi and received some boos, he told the crowd "Come on now... how many of you all have met her? She's a nice person, just because somebody disagrees with you, doesn't mean they're not a good person."
"Don't catch yourself being biased by Fox News that somebody's no good."

"Don't just watch Fox News or CNN, watch them both," Coburn said. He said he read both The Washington Post and The New York Times -- plus The Wall Street Journal -- and urged his audience to do likewise. "Listen to the other side, because what it does, it makes you a better person."
Personally, I think it is time for more civility in our political discourse in this country. Demonizing opponents may fire up a lot of people, but it is hardly conducive to a good debate.
You can hear audio of the exchanges here.

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