Common Ground: Political Discourse

07/16/2018 05:17 PM

It’s no secret that in the past couple years politics has turned down right nasty. What used to be attacks on policy—have turned into personal attacks on politicians.

Freedom of speech and the right to protest are some of the things that the country prides itself for—but when those protests turn personal—it becomes vicious.

From protesters disrupting meals with those they disagree with—to lawmakers saying derogatory names about those on the other side of the aisle.

Political discourse in the country is at an all time low—and it’ something that both Republicans and Democrats agree needs to change.

Sen.Mitch McConnell,R-Kentucky, has been a frequent target of protesters in the past couple weeks after news of family separations of the border became widely reported. When asked about an incident in which he and and his wife were confronted by protesters McConnell said civility needed to return back to politics.

“We need to relearn the lessons of civility. It should be possible to disagree without becoming irate, and over the top,” said Sen. McConnell. “I do think everybody on both sides of the political arguments on this country ought to cool off a little bit and learn how to speak to each other.”

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, and Sen. McConnell don’t agree on much, but Yarmuth agrees that the rhetoric surrounding politics has gotten bad—but Yarmuth attributes that to the current administration, and doesn’t see anything changing while Trump is president.

“It’s become like UK and UofL, nothing that one side does the other side agrees with. But now it’s gotten to a point where we demonize each other and that’s very unfortunate.”

Unfortunately—while both sides agree the rhetoric and attacks are something that needs to be changed…it’s unlikely that we will see the malicious attacks against the other side stop anytime soon.

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Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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