EDITORIAL: 10 Tweets from RI’s Congressional Delegation that Define U.S. Political Discourse

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Make no mistake about it, the demise in political discourse in this country has been a bipartisan effort.

It is hard to imagine Senators John Chafee (R-RI) and Claiborne Pell (D-RI) ever uttering the language that is the daily norm of many members in Congress, including Rhode Island's four members of the Congressional delegation.

More Than Declining Decorum

Who knows exactly when the dramatic shift took place, but there is no uncertainty - the tone is vile. This editorial does not seek to say this problem is limited to Democrats or Republicans or Congress versus the Executive branch -- it is all pretty dreadful.

However, we live in Rhode Island, and "hope" that the delegation serves Rhode Island - and not the inner-Beltway hyper-conflict.

Sadly, the daily Tweets by RI's delegation are too often viciously aggressive and always partisan. Please read the ten of hundreds of Tweets launched by Rhode Island's top federal elected officials.

Is there a causal relationship between the current social media discourse and the rise in violence, who knows, but it is not plausible to think that it helps to bring the country together.

Maybe Rhode Island's delegation can transform their style and improve the substance of the political conversation to be more productive then their Tweets of the past few months. 


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