At the Tucson memorial service, President Obama eloquently emphasized the importance of civility in public discourse. One of his best speeches, perhaps his magnum opus, it resonated in our collective consciousness. Our president became the healer-in chief, governing in poetry.
Governing in poetry doesn’t ensure measured debate, but opposing lawmakers co-mingling at the State of the Union address provides a rhythmic opening stanza.
Our founding fathers, who prescribed the State of the Union address, recognized the human spirit’s need for freedom. Consider their seminal treatise on individual liberty – The Declaration of Independence. It waxes poetic, affirming for …