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David Walker
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David Walker

Former Comptroller General of the United States, David Walker is president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

The dramatic decline in civility

Question: Vitriolic political rhetoric is on the rise for one simple reason: it works. In the wake of the tragic shooting in Tucson, what can political, business and community leaders do to change the political dynamic so that demonizing opponents is not a winning strategy? How do we end the rhetorical arms race?

The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other individuals is a tragic example of the dramatic decline in the level of civility in today's political process. The time has come for all elected officials and candidates for public office to pledge to refrain from personal attacks and gross distortions of facts for partisan political advantage. A new political movement, No Labels, of which I am a founding leader, is dedicated to promoting political civility and real progress in connection with the challenges facing our country and its citizens. All of us should pray for Rep. Giffords, others who were affected by this weekend's tragic events, and for our country in these challenging times.

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By David Walker

 |  January 11, 2011; 10:14 AM ET
Category:  Congressional leadership , Failures , Government leadership , Leadership weaknesses , Political leadership , Wrong-Doing Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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