civility

Civil is nice, but winning elections is better

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Winning the election is what politics is all about, and men (and lately women) successful in it understand the rough wisdom of Leo Durocher, who observed that “nice guys finish last.” The friendship that Adams and Jefferson nurtured survived. They became friends again after the brawl, just like George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton two centuries later. It’s not a good way to preserve a friendship, but politicians, and particularly presidents, rarely hold grudges. They usually understand that “bashing,” as Mr. Bush called it, is not nice, but it’s inevitable. The stakes are too high for it to be otherwise. Civility in politics is a good idea, but bashing works. Sad.

Maybe we could use a civic Hippocratic oath

Victor Davis Hanson, Washington Times

How does a society create a civic culture in which we do not embrace words and deeds that are incendiary or cruel or both, and thereby erode the traditions and manners that prior generations have bequeathed? Why not try a voluntary code of civic conduct — something akin to the medical profession’s ancient Greek Hippocratic oath — that celebrities, politicians, journalists and other public figures might seek to honor? Many of our best-known journalists, politicians and celebrities do not follow those simple rules. If they did, the now-discredited mainstream media, the Washington swamp and the Hollywood elite might regain a little of the credibility and self-respect they have lost.

Dan Crenshaw sacrifices one more time

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Incoming Congressman Dan Crenshaw, a Navy SEAL elected last week to Congress from Texas, joined the set of “Saturday Night Live” last weekend. One week before, Mr. Crenshaw had been ridiculed during a skit on “SNL” for wearing an eyepatch covering the eye he had lost in Afghanistan. “There’s a lot of lessons to learn here,” Mr. Crenshaw said on camera after all the joking. “Not just that the left and right can still agree on some things. But also this: Americans can forgive one another.” It was a good reminder these days of why we should cherish and hold the sacrifices so many have made in all wars from our rich history.

Journalists Stink as Discourse Cops

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

The frightening exposure of pipe bombs being mailed to prominent Democrats and media outlets, followed by a horrific shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, led to news networks lecturing, hour after hour, on the tone of our civic discourse. Physicians, heal thyselves. These are not dispassionate observers of the national scene. These are leftist partisans and they are cynically using national tragedies to equate conservative speech — conservative thought — to violence.

When 'civility' becomes all the rage

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Civility is a good thing. Angry arguments rarely make anyone feel good. But the only thing that would make civility and peace and descend on the land would be by one side surrendering to the other. That’s not going to happen, nor should it. Anyone who imagines that’s the good old American way doesn’t know much about the history of our politics. This, too, shall pass. It always has. But it wouldn’t hurt to turn down the noise, and even occasionally shut up.

Liberalism: An Intrinsically Uncivil Ideology

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Under liberalism, the central question of politics invariably shifts from goodness to power, thus rendering civil discourse an impossibility. Out of such a raw, grabby culture come low demagogues like Holder and Hillary, for whom the ends justify any means. Long before Kanye West entered the Oval Office, civility vanished from it, often at the hands of preening liberals like Clinton and Obama who extolled it the most.

Remember That Our Opponents Are Insane Crazy People

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Good sportsmanship applies to sports. It doesn’t apply to street fights. This was a lynching of a good man for cheap political advantage and it must be punished if we are going to have less of them in the future. If we can increase their agony at losing, then we are hastening the day when they learn that they don’t get to win. Not ever. They will grow tired of all the losing. We, on the other hand, shall never tire of all the winning.

What Do We Have In Common?

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

To view the sheer chaos surrounding the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh is to realize that we may simply have nothing in common anymore. What can hold us together? We can start with gratitude, gratitude for this unique moment in human history, for our unique country, for our unique ideals, for our unique institutions. If we're ungrateful, spite will win the day. And that means that we could be setting the charges for a spectacular implosion.

The Democrats go mean

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

We should take Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder very seriously. This is indeed the “New Democratic Party” as Mr. Holder put it. Rep. Maxine Waters was simply the first one to announce it when she encouraged Democrats to “confront” the president’s supporters. Now Cory Booker, Eric Holder and Hillary Clinton, among others, have endorsed the politics of harassment and chaos. Americans want solutions, ideas and progress, not threats.

Where’s the outrage over Hillary’s call for a ‘civil’ war?

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

If the Kavanaugh experience revealed anything, it is that Trump’s GOP knows how to fight back and win. It is hard to imagine that Kavanaugh would have survived such an onslaught under any other ­recent Republican candidate or president. There were so many reasons, and so much media pressure, that it would not have been surprising if a bloc of senators called the allegations a “distraction” and waved a white flag. They didn’t because Trump and Kavanaugh didn’t back down.

The Democrats’ Idea Of Civility

“In their quest for power, the radical Democrats have turned into an angry mob,” President Trump said at a recent rally. We can’t say that Rep. Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton and Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker constitute a “mob,” but they certainly prove the point the President made at Monday’s rally.

The Real World Is Starting To Resemble Twitter, And That’s A Problem

David Harsanyi, The Federalist

The next phase of our ginned-up national moral panic will contain public shunning and harassment in their private lives of people we disagree with. It isn’t only about child separation of illegal immigrants. It’s about tax cuts. It’s about Obamacare. It’s about long-standing conservative positions. According to many, Republicans are accomplices to murder. The hysterics that bloom with every debate are creating a swelling exasperation among Democrats that borders on religiosity. Apparently this excuses almost any behavior or rhetoric.

Barking mad and proud of it

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Mob rule is the prescription of certain of her colleagues on Capitol Hill. That’s Rep. Maxine Waters’ solution to the chaos abroad in the land. Miss Waters is not every Democrat’s cup of tea, and many Democrats on Capitol Hill and in other places, are not happy that she has become the public face of the Democratic impeachment dream. A growing number of Democrats have noticed that there’s only four months go until Nov. 6 and the congressional midterm elections, and the party is still playing the old game of “you show me yours and I’ll show you mine.”

The Media’s Sickness Is Terminal

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

The relativism underpinning liberalism makes it hopelessly willful. Its relationship to civility is determined not by any principle independent of human will but by pure political opportunism. Insofar as civility is useful to gaining or preserving power, liberals pretend to honor it. But the moment civility becomes an impediment to holding or regaining power, they give themselves permission to violate it. The “ends” suddenly justify the means, and anyone who questions their uncivil behavior fails to see the “higher” good at stake.

Fighting Fire With Fire

The problem with all of this establishment Republican virtue-signaling and the establishment media calls for civility is that they only go one way. Neither before nor after President Trump hit Brzezinski and Scarborough like a ton of bricks did anyone in the establishment call for civility to the President.