I’m not even sure if civility is the right word here, but it will work. I’m talking about remaining courteous even while expressing vigorous opinions.
- Civility isn’t cowardice. Rather, it is choosing the most effective way to express one’s opinion. It may lead to civil disobedience, a situation in which one offers oneself in a stand against evil.
- Civility isn’t silence. It may involve limited words. It may be a simple “I disagree.”
- Civility isn’t a lack of conviction. It’s a way of expressing yourself that you think will connect.
- Civility isn’t weakness. The loudest voice is not necessarily the one with the greatest conviction.
- Civility isn’t a debt you owe to the other side. It is something you do for yourself and for your cause.
- Civility isn’t easy. I think we all know this.
The most important action is still your vote. The reduction in turnout for mid-term elections is an unfortunate comment on how people understand the process. Please study out your candidates for this coming election and be at the polls. The primary election in Florida is August 28, and the general election is November 6. We have a senate election, a gubernatorial election, and, of course, congressional. You can get information on the various ways to vote at the Department of State-Division of Elections site.
I registered to vote when I turned 18, and I’ve been to the polls for every election since that time. I simply cannot understand low turnout for local elections or in non-presidential years.