At the inaugural Lugar Symposium, held on April 13, 2016, former Senator Richard Lugar '54 (R) and former Senator Bob Graham (D) joined to call for supporting a return to statesmanship.
According to the NWITimes:
“The longest-serving Hoosier senator said last week at the inaugural Lugar Symposium at Ohio's Denison University, his alma mater, that the widening partisan gulf is the principal cause of recent dramatic failures in the American political system.
“But, he observed, voters seem to be ignoring the decline of civility in government and instead embracing candidates who 'exemplify partisanship, confrontation and political coarseness'
” 'We are at risk of attempting to solve our problems by doubling down on their main cause,' Lugar said.
Despite living in anti-establishment times, Lugar emphasized that a return to “establishment values” — civility, experience, studiousness and compromise — is desperately needed, not least because they have served the nation well for more than 200 years.
” 'They are American virtues, because they are necessary for the orderly and productive operation of our Constitution, and they have been tested by generations of Americans who found that good governance depends on them,' Lugar said.”
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