Why can’t politicians and media be as civil as those away from the spotlight?

Posted on August 4, 2012 by


The following article appeared tonight on the Gadsden Times in Alabama website. We heartily recommend it. RiP adds that while there is incivility in other venues, it generally is less pervasive and less frequent.

‘Civility isn’t dead among ordinary U.S. citizens’

By John F. Floyd
Special to The Times

I just concluded individual conversations with three friends, all staunch Democrats. I promised not to divulge their identities. One was a labor leader, one an attorney and the other a successful entrepreneur.

I initiated this dialogue to pursue specific questions about the Democratic Party’s political philosophy, but in particular their specific ideology. In other words, I wanted to better understand differences in my political thinking and that of my friends. I also wanted to delve into the issues that created animosity between the leadership of the Democrat and Republican parties.

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John F. Floyd is a Gadsden native who graduated from Gadsden (Alabama) High School in 1954. He formerly was director of United Kingdom manufacturing, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., vice president of manufacturing and international operations, General Tire & Rubber Co., and director of manufacturing, Chrysler Corp.