Commonwealth Policy Center

Protests erupted outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters last week as 150 protestors called for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. They blocked every entrance and exit so that House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and other Democrats would be forced to encounter them. Capitol Police said the crowd was “illegally and violently protesting,” and they had to direct legislators to the basement for protection and evacuate them to safety. Americans have a First Amendment right to protest but not to violently protest and threaten the lives of other Americans. Civility has been compromised in recent years, and we are suffering in numerous ways because of it. If we as a people want civility, then we must model it. Civility is a value that transcends the political spectrum, and when it’s embraced, we all benefit from it, regardless of your political affiliation.