National Institute for Civil Discourse


A topic as relevant today as when first discussed at CMC three years ago - civil discourse. The Columbus Metropolitan Club hosted the national launch of this important initiative to restore civil discourse to society and politics.

Featuring Tom Daschle, former Democratic U.S. Senator from South Dakota and former Senate Majority Leader; James “Jim” Thomas Kolbe, former Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Arizona’s 5th congressional district, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse.

Civility is a nice sentiment — but it's harder to put into practice.

Take a contentious debate last year in the Maine House of Representatives over a proposal to ban conversion therapy — a discredited treatment designed to make gay people straight.

A shooting on Saturday at a synagogue in Pittsburgh left at least 11 people dead. Earlier this week, at least 14 pipe bombs were sent to prominent Democrats and their supporters — apparently because of their political views.

But even before this week's events, people across Pennsylvania were saying they are frustrated with the tone of the country's public discourse and the lack of civility. They say they're hoping for more unity.

Local billionaire Les Wexner says he is no longer a Republican. 

A national initiative to revive civility and respect in politics launches today at the Columbus Metropolitan Club.