I think of our country as this beautiful idea. We call it the American idea—liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination, government by consent of the governed—that’s the awesome thing we have here.

We have stressed it, and we have stretched it, and our political dialogue has gotten worse. So what do we do about it?

We control our own actions.

Let’s be more civil. Let’s improve our tone. Let’s have a great debate on ideas and principles and solutions instead of ad hominem attacks against one another. Let’s make sure that when we’re debating somebody, we treat them civilly.

That is, I think, our duty to our country—to help improve the tone of debate and make our shared goal of finding solutions more civil.