Sunday, September 2, 2018

Civility and Revenge

From Townhall:
On the heels of Maxine Waters’ now-infamous proclamation that conservatives should be harassed in public, we’ve heard a lot about ‘restoring civility.’ According to the left, the blame rests with Trump, but they acknowledge that the situation has gotten out of hand. Political attitudes have suddenly become so mean-spirited that we all need to take a step back, reassess the situation, and tone down the rhetoric.

Chuck Schumer called such vitriol un-American, saying:“If you disagree with someone or something, stand up. Make your voice heard. Explain why you think they’re wrong, and why you’re right. Make the argument. Protest peacefully. If you disagree with a politician, organize your fellow citizens to action and vote them out of office. But no one should call for the harassment of political opponents. That’s not right. That’s not American.”

Around the same time, Nancy Pelosi issued a statement demanding unity:“In the crucial months ahead, we must strive to make America beautiful again. Trump’s daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable. As we go forward, we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity from sea to shining sea.”

As we approach the midterms, this line of reasoning has become part of the Democrats’ meat and potatoes whenever they appear in public.  Things are too nasty in America, and we need to get back to a time where we could disagree without wanting to destroy each other. It’s a nice thought. (Read more.)

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