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Who will begin the restoration of civility? It falls to all of us to help revive this important virtue.

There’s a world of difference between attacking a person’s argument and attacking a person’s character. We need to do more to respect that difference. We need to engage in rational debate and either hold our own or lose with grace.

We must defend our convictions with all the spirit we can. We should do it, though, with all the civility we can muster, no matter what our opponents do or say.

May that be our gift to one another, this year and every year.

Ed Feulner is founder of the Heritage Foundation (heritage.org).