On this Martin Luther King Day, talk of more civility in Congress would probably prompt the civil rights icon to ask, "what took you so long ?"
Better late than never, although the passionate debate of issues should never be sacrificed in the name of not offending someone. After all, the great civil rights battles of the past half a century involved passion and that passion spilled over into violence.....It is in some ways its the price of progress.
I like the idea of mixing up the seating for the State of the Union. In this age it's silly to see the spectacle of half a room cheering and half sitting.Increasingly this notion of all of us living our lives on one side of an aisle or another is something that diminishes as you get further away from the rarified atmosphere of capitals of government.
Of course those who don't want to eliminate the "aisle" are the party leaders as its herd metality that enforces discipline within the parties and without discipline the whole system collapses.
Lets see what happens...In the meantime enjoy your King Day.
Congress Members, After Tucson, Work for More Civility - NYTimes.com